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and instead of being able to argue, that such threats belong only to the Old Covenant, the
passage goes on to declare that the punishment meted out to those who thus sin under
terms of the New Covenant will be "much sorer", and clinches the argument by quoting
"Vengeance belongeth to me, I will recompense" (Heb. 10: 30).
These strange and terrifying words arise naturally out of the calling and sphere of
blessing to which the epistle to the Hebrews ministers, but not even the most ardent
advocate of the position we refute would want to read them into Eph. 2: Do those who
claim "Hebrews" as their own, accept Heb. 10: 26-30 as dispensationally true for the
Church of the Mystery, including themselves?
A superficial acquaintance with Ephesians and Hebrews might prompt the remark
that, in both, believers are said to be "made nigh". This, however, is not true for the word
employed in Eph. 2: 13 and 17 is eggus, "nigh", which word is never used in Hebrews,
whereas proserchomai, "come" or "draw near", is the word consistently used in Hebrews.
In Eph. 2: the believer is not told "to draw near" but learns the blessed truth that he has
been "made nigh" by the blood of Christ, an essential difference. In Hebrews, the
"drawing near" is a direct result of the New Covenant; in Ephesians the "being made
nigh" is the result of the creation of the New man, the Hebrews position being the subject
of the Law and the Prophets, the Ephesian position being the subject of the Mystery
which had been hid in God.
In Hebrews Christ is set forth as "High Priest";
in Ephesians, as "Head".
pp. 219 - 221
In the calling and sphere of Hebrews, the outstanding office associated with Christ as
He sits on the right hand of God, is that of High Priest. In the calling and sphere of
Ephesians, His outstanding office as He sits on the right hand of God, is that of Head.
Are these but two names for the same thing, or do they differ? No epistle, apart from
Hebrews, uses the title "High Priest" or "Priest", yet without the doctrine that revolves
around these words, how could the teaching of Hebrews proceed? It will be remembered
that the exhortation "to draw near" that occupied our attention in the previous article was
based upon the fact that those thus exhorted had "an high priest over the house of God"
(Heb. 10: 21).
References to the necessity of a sacrifice for sin are not limited to any one epistle.
Paul's epistles, both before Acts 28: and after, contain many such precious
references, yet, never, throughout the course of his ministry as God's appointed
Preacher, Teacher and Apostle of the Gentiles, does he ever use the word "Priest" or
"High Priest", either of the believer or of his Lord. And yet, when he came to write the
epistle to the Hebrews, he breaks entirely new ground, using the word "Priest" thirteen