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Heb. 13:23-25



23 Know ye [ginosko] that our brother [adelphos] Timothy [Timotheos] is set at liberty [apoluo]; with [meta] whom [hos], if [ean] he come [erchomai] shortly [tachion], I will see [optanomai] you [humas].

24 Salute [aspazomai] all [pas] them that have the rule [hegeomai] over you [humon], and [kai] all [pas] the saints [hagios]. They of [apo] Italy [Italia] salute [aspazomai] you [humas].

25 Grace [charis] be with [meta] you [humon] all [pas]. Amen [amen]. [[Written [grapho] to [pros] the Hebrews [Hebraios] from [apo] Italy [Italia], by [dia] Timothy [Timotheos].] KJV-Interlinear

 

 

23 Take notice that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I shall see you. 24 Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you. 25 Grace be with you all. NASB



The reference to Timothy, which was a common name, may or may not be the same Timothy to whom Paul wrote the two letters in the New Testament. His release, or liberty, does not necessarily mean that he was in jail, but he could simply have been under some kind of work obligation and was released from that, such that the writer of Hebrews (the actual author is really unknown) was hoping that this Timothy would accompany him when he traveled back to those to whom this letter was written.


There is no documentation of Timothy ever having been arrested, other than what is possibly implied in this verse.


The writer is in Italy, presumably writing back to the folks in Jerusalem, or at least in Judea, and sends their (the folks in Italy) greetings. By this we know that the gospel of Christ and scriptures, have certainly been circulated in Italy a gentile state. And that shouldn t surprise anyone, since the travels of Paul, of Peter, of John, of the rest of the Apostles, and of the many others folks who were teaching Bible doctrine back in those days, was pretty well known and documented.


The Apostles were not the only ones who taught the scriptures, there were lots of bona fide instructors. And it is to those leaders (teachers) to whom greetings are also being sent.


And the writer closes with his wish for Gods grace to be with everyone.


And that is where we will conclude this study of the book of Hebrews with grace.


Grace is Gods policy toward mankind. Mercy is Gods grace in action. Were it not for His grace, we would have nothing, not even our own life. By grace God gives generously to us, rendering a reprieve and consequently immunity from the evils of eternal separation from life. And, also granting us phenomenal blessings. Blessings that we cannot even begin to fathom.


We cannot earn our way through life. We cannot deserve anything in life. No matter what gifts, or talents, or intelligence levels we might possess, they were all given to us by God. No one of us is better than any other person on this planet. And if we happen to have some gift or ability, then it is not solely for our own benefit to the exclusion of, or at the expense of, everyone else. We have an obligation to advance in our own spiritual life as well as to interact with people in general on that same basis of grace as God deals with each one of us.


Grace means maximum tolerance. Tolerance for peoples lack of abilities, or for their lack of resources to cope with life. Tolerance does not apply to law breakers and such. The due process of law or combat was invented to deal with them.


But on a social level, on a local level and so forth we are to follow the golden rule certainly, but not from arrogance, but from the resources of our spiritual life.


And now to Him (Christ) who is able to present you without blemish (fellowship in His righteousness), before the presence of His (Father) glory, with exceeding joy (maturity), to the only wise God (there are no other gods), even Jesus Christ, to whom be majesty and glory, dominion and power. Amen (believe it).





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