Hebrews 1 – ENOCH’S removal would prove a nine days wonder, his disappearance giving occasion to much talk. Search parties sought for him, expecting to find him either dead or alive; but without success – ”He was not found”. We might see here some parallel with what will happen in the day of the Lord’s advent, when some are “taken”. It will occasion the same surprise, and similar results. And it will precede the judgement which corresponds to “the days of Noah”.
Faith in God involves two things, says the apostle, as in his brief, pregnant way he treats of matters revealed in the Old Testament; belief in the existence of God, and that God has a purpose with man, Faith touches the unseen, and shews itself in the confidence that God is. It touches also things hoped for, and therefore matters of promise. In this its relationship to the word of God is seen; for things promised are known in and by the word of God, and faith comes by hearing the word of God.
JOHN CARTER, The Letter to the Hebrews, pages 217,218.
1God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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