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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
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
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).
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.