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1 Samuel 3:1; 1 Samuel 3:19; Nehemiah 8:10; Isaiah 65:17; Isaiah 66:22; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:16; Matthew 7:1; Matthew 8:17; Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:13; Matthew 12:31; Matthew 13:44; Matthew 13:47; Matthew 24:40; Matthew 13:32; Luke 16:2; Luke 19:4; John 1:29; John 3:5; John:19,30; John 10:22; John 14:12; John 15:2,6; Acts 4:13; Acts 12:4; Acts 17:31; Romans 1:5; Romans 6:6; Romans 7:24; Romans 11:22; Romans 12:11; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 1 Corinthians 10:12; 1 Corinthians 11:28‑29; 1 Corinthians 14:2; 1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Corinthians 15:31; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Galatians 5:4; Galatians 6:16; Ephesians 3:18; Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 2:12; Philippians 3:8‑9; Colossians 1:15; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:20‑21; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 2:1; Hebrews 3:6; Hebrews 5:8; Hebrews 6:6; Hebrews 10:29; Hebrews 12:2; James 2:20; 1 Peter 3:19; 2 Peter 2:1; 2 Peter 2:22; 2 Peter 3:17; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 3:4; 1 John 2:3; 1 John 3:22; 1 John 5:3; John 14:15; John 15:10; Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 5:9‑10; Revelation 16:19  •  17 min. read  •  grade level: 8
1 Sam. 3:1. “The word of the Lord was precious in those days.” Had this been so, there would not have been such sad departure. God saw fit to rarely utter His word to them. Thus, “The word of the Lord was rare in those days.”
1 Sam. 3:19. “Did let none of his words fall to the ground.” “The Lord  .  .  .  did let none of his [Samuel’s] words fall to the ground.” “All that he [Samuel] saith cometh surely to pass” (ch. 9:6). “What Samuel had said happened” (ch. 4:1 JND).
Dan. 12:22And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2). “Shall awake, some to everlasting life.” This is not resurrection but the restoration of some to kingdom blessings (Psa. 71:2020Thou, which hast showed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. (Psalm 71:20) JND; Isa. 26:1919Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. (Isaiah 26:19); Ezek. 37; Hos. 6:22After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (Hosea 6:2); Rom. 11:1515For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? (Romans 11:15)). “Everlasting life” here and “life forevermore” (Psa. 133:33As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:3)) are millennial and alluded to in Matthew 19:16,29; 25:4616And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? (Matthew 19:16)
29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. (Matthew 19:29)
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:46)
; Mark 10:17,3017And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? (Mark 10:17)
30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:30)
; Luke 10:25; 18:1825And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? (Luke 10:25)
18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? (Luke 18:18)
. Now in Christianity, commencing with John 3:1515That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:15), “eternal life” has a special character as being life enjoyed in communion with God and by the Holy Spirit given from Christ glorified, consequent upon His having completed the work of redemption.
Matt. 3:1111I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matthew 3:11); Luke 3:1616John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: (Luke 3:16). “Baptize with  .  .  .  fire.” This refers to future judgment on Christ’s enemies (Matt. 3:7,10,127But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? (Matthew 3:7)
10And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (Matthew 3:10)
12Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:12)
; 2 Thess. 1:8). It is not mentioned in Mark 1:88I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (Mark 1:8); John 1:3333And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:33); Acts 1:5; 11:165For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:5)
16Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 11:16)
; 1 Corinthians 12:13, nor does it refer to Acts 2:33And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (Acts 2:3), “cloven tongues like as of fire.”
Matt. 3:1111I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matthew 3:11). “Baptize .   .   . with the Holy Ghost” is used seven times: Matthew 3:1111I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matthew 3:11); Mark 1:88I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. (Mark 1:8); Luke 3:1616John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: (Luke 3:16); John 1:3333And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (John 1:33); Acts 1:55For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:5); Acts 11:1616Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 11:16); 1 Corinthians 12:13. The church was thus formed on the day of Pentecost, once for all fulfilling the above scriptures. After this, individuals that believe the gospel are “sealed” (Eph. 1:1313In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13)). They are not newly “baptized with the Holy Ghost,” although they are now included in that “one body” which once was. An apt illustration is that of men becoming incorporated into a business firm: Others might afterwards become members of that corporation.
Matt. 7:11Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1). “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Voluntarily blaming others is here condemned. “He that is spiritual judgeth all things” (1 Cor. 2:15) is commendable because it is spiritually discerning according to the Word. Judging is required in 1 Corinthians 5:12.
Matt. 8:1717That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Matthew 8:17). “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” These words are hastily misused to teach that the Lord Jesus bore our sicknesses in His own body on the tree. Alas! how gullible many have been to this lie of the devil. The truth is that we are here in Matthew 8 (and not in Matthew 27), in Capernaum (verse 5) and not in Jerusalem, about three years before He bore our sins on the tree. It is while He was going about in northern Galilee that He “fulfilled” this (Isa. 53:44Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)). His heart of compassion and word of power healed all that were sick. “Bare” here, in the Greek, is bastazo, as it is also in Galatians 6:22Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2), “bear ye one another’s burdens”; “bare” in 1 Peter 2:24 is anaphero, as it is in Hebrews 9:2828So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9:28), “bear the sins.” “Neither His flesh did see corruption” (Acts 2:3131He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. (Acts 2:31)) utterly refutes this abominable invention.
Matt. 10:22; 24:1322And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Matthew 10:22)
13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:13)
. “He that endureth to the end shall be saved.” The next verse in each case shows that this had to do, not with the Christian nor with the soul nor with this present age, but with the godly Jewish remnant in the coming tribulation of unparalleled trials.
Matt. 13:4444Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. (Matthew 13:44). “Treasure hid in a field” is not Israel, on whom He has turned His back after they had rejected Him. He is now engaged with another treasure from among the Gentiles (Acts 15:1414Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. (Acts 15:14); Titus 2:1414Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:14); 1 Peter 2:9). Matthew 13 is occupied with the present phase of the kingdom of heaven and then the outcome, without reference to the future prophetic things concerning Israel.
Matt. 24:4040Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (Matthew 24:40). “One shall be taken, and the other left.” Here it is not the same as in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 — the saints “caught up” — but at the commencement of Christ’s kingdom when He comes in judgment “as a thief.”
Mark 13:3232But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. (Mark 13:32). “Of that day and that hour knoweth no man  .  .  .  neither the Son.” Jesus, as the subject servant in Mark’s Gospel, had nothing in the whole Old Testament Scriptures nor yet any special word from the Father specifying the date of His second coming. This is ever purposely withheld from us in the Word.
Luke 16:22And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. (Luke 16:2). “Give an account of thy stewardship.” Here we have accountability according to the faithful use we make of all we possess since all is, in reality, Another’s. To lay up possessions on earth is hoarding, instead of using for Christ and for blessing to souls.
Luke 18:1212I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (Luke 18:12). “I give tithes.” The tithe was for the old Jewish order and has no place in the Christian order. Rather, “as God hath prospered,” “not as got out of you,” “not grudgingly .    .    . for God loveth a cheerful giver,” “free-hearted liberality” and “faithful in that which is Another’s” are for our day.
Luke 19:44And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. (Luke 19:4). “A sycamore tree.” All authorities agree that this is a fig tree with leaves resembling the sycamore. This is the only time that the Saviour found fruit in a fig tree. It was precious to His taste.
John 1:3939He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. (John 1:39). “The tenth hour”; “the sixth hour” (ch. 4:6); “the seventh hour” (ch. 4:52); “the sixth hour” (ch. 19:14). Unlike the other gospels which use Jewish time, John always uses Roman time, the same as we do. This will be seen by comparing the last reference with Mark 15:25,3325And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. (Mark 15:25)
33And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. (Mark 15:33)
John 3:55Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5). “Born of water.” Some believe the water refers to baptism. This is fatal heresy which deceives souls into thinking that new birth occurs when one is baptized. Christendom is full of baptized, lifeless profession, of which Simon Magus in Acts 8 is an outstanding example. The life of God is only imparted by the power of the Holy Spirit using the Word (James 1:1818Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:18); 1 Peter 1:23; Eph. 5:2626That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (Ephesians 5:26)).
John 10:2222And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. (John 10:22). “The feast of the dedication.” After Antiochus Epiphanes captured Jerusalem in 170 B.C., he slew 80,000 Jews and defiled the temple by offering up swine (Dan. 11:31; 8:91431And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. (Daniel 11:31)). Judas Maccabeus (165 B.C.) conquered him and restored temple worship on the twenty-fifth of the month Chisleu (answering to December), “and it was winter.” The Jews voluntarily instituted this traditional feast at the same time of the pagan feast of Saturnalia. Christendom likewise arbitrarily adopted the date, calling it the birthday of Christ.
John 14:1212Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12). “Greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.” “Therefore .  .  . having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this.” “He shall testify of Me.” “Then they that .   .   . received His word were .   .   . about three thousand souls.”
Acts 12:44And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (Acts 12:4). “Intending after Easter to bring him.” The Greek pashcha is “passover” and not Easter. The latter is from Astarte and Ashtoreth, the Phoenician name of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the worship of which was corruption deified. Religious flesh loves to celebrate man-made traditions.
Rom. 6:66Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:6). “Our old man is crucified.” This truth points back to Christ having been made sin for us and cut off in death once forever. All that I was as a sinful child of Adam’s race has been forever put out of God’s sight (Eph. 4:2222That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (Ephesians 4:22) JND; Col. 2:11; 3:911In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (Colossians 2:11)
9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (Colossians 3:9)
; Gal. 5:2424And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)). Galatians 2:2020I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20) declares the Apostle’s stand in contrast to the Galatians returning to law-keeping. Nevertheless, our old fleshly nature remains (John 3:66That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:6); Rom. 7:2525I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:25); Gal. 5:1616This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16); 1 Peter 2:11).
Rom. 7:2424O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Romans 7:24). “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me?” Verses 1424, strictly speaking, do not describe one who is a Christian but rather a merely quickened soul struggling in its own strength to keep the law until it gives up in utter despair.
Rom. 12:1111Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (Romans 12:11). “Not slothful in business” is a misleading translation, as it really does not refer to man’s business. Rather, it pertains in general to all of our Christian opportunities for serving the Lord. See the J. N. Darby (JND) translation of this verse.
1 Cor. 9:27. “Lest .   .   . I myself should be a castaway.” That is, “reprobate” — worthless refuse, as Jeremiah 6:3030Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them. (Jeremiah 6:30); 2 Corinthians 13:57; 2 Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:1616They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Titus 1:16). Not merely one’s service rejected and thus one set aside, but unconverted preachers like Judas will, in the end, be exposed, to their everlasting shame. Many baptized never reached Canaan in the following twelve verses. Counterfeits never were genuine.
1 Cor. 10:12. “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” warns against trusting in privileges instead of Christ (Heb. 3:174:2). It is not presumption for real believers to be certain of their salvation (Phil. 1:66Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6); 2 Tim. 1:9,12; 1 John 3:2; 5:10132The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. (John 3:2)).
1 Cor. 11:2829. “Let a man examine himself.” “Eateth and drinketh unworthily.” This does not refer to newcomers intruding themselves but to those already breaking bread whose manner of life might be lacking in self-judgment consistent with the death of Christ.
1 Cor. 14. “Unknown tongue” conveys the wrong thought, as those of another tongue could understand their own language.
1 Cor. 15:29. “Baptized for the dead” is filling in the Christian ranks by new recruits being baptized who took the place of those who had died.
1 Cor. 15:31. “I die daily” is not an inward application of death to oneself. The Apostle outwardly risked his life. “In deaths oft” (2 Cor. 11:23). “Killed all the day long” (Rom. 8:3636As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (Romans 8:36)).
2 Cor. 5:10. “The judgment seat of Christ.” The term is inclusive of all judgment, as the next verse indicates. To Christ is committed all “judgment” (John 5:22,2722For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: (John 5:22)
27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (John 5:27)
). “Samuel .   .   . went from year to year in circuit .   .   . and judged Israel in all those places” (1 Sam. 7:1516). Christians in their glorified bodies will witness a review of all their past (1 Cor. 3:815; 4:5; 2 Tim. 4:8).
2 Cor. 12:14. “The children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” This verse is often misused by insurance salesmen’s worldly point of view. This well-known principle the Apostle here shows to be his own parental (1 Cor. 4:15) loving care for them, gladly spending his all for their spiritual good.
Eph. 3:1818May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (Ephesians 3:18). “What is the breadth and length, and depth and height.” This cannot refer to that which immediately follows and is distinctly additional —“and to know the love of Christ.” They therefore must combine in “the fullness of God.” The Holy Spirit alone can enable us to breathe in this atmosphere of heaven — “the vast universe of bliss,” God’s presence, light, love and glory, in all its infinitude. In richness, can anything in God’s Word be found to equal this?
Phil. 2:1212Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12). “Work out your own salvation.” This has nothing to do with saving a sinner but what was needful for “saints in Christ Jesus” (ch. 1:1,6) who were undergoing difficulties en route to the heavenly goal.
Phil. 3:89. “That I may win Christ, and be found in Him  .  .  .  having  .  .  .  the righteousness which is of God.” The Apostle, already “justified by faith,” who became “God’s righteousness in Him,” is here pressing on to what was yet future — obtaining Christ where He is in resurrection glory. For one already righteous, “the hope of righteousness” is to be found in the final state of righteousness in Christ in glory.
Col. 1:1515Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (Colossians 1:15). “The firstborn of every creature.” Literally, “Firstborn of all creation.” Unhallowed false teachers would here reduce the Creator to being a creature. Instead of referring to mere order of birth, “firstborn” in Scripture emphasizes title, preeminence and first place, and it ever points on to Christ (John 1:13; 8:58; 18:613Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:13)
58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (John 8:58)
6As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. (John 18:6)
; Rom. 8:2929For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29); Col. 1:1617; Heb. 1:2,6,8; 12Hath 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; (Hebrews 1:2)
6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (Hebrews 1:6)
8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (Hebrews 1:8)
 John 1:2; 5:202The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
20For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. (John 5:20)
; Rev. 1:88I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)).
1 Thess. 1:1010And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10). “Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” should read, “Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath.” It is not here what He has done but what He will yet do. How? By coming for us before the wrath comes (ch. 5:9; Rom. 5:99Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:9)).
2 Tim. 2:2021. “Some to honor, and some to dishonor.” This is not the coming out from among unbelievers as in 2 Corinthians 6:17, but the departing from iniquity — from vessels that dishonor the Lord.
Heb. 1:33Who 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; (Hebrews 1:3). “Himself purged our sins.” Although this included our sins, it is not the point here. “Our” has been added by the translators. The chapter is magnifying the majesty of the person and various work of the Son.
Heb. 2:11Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. (Hebrews 2:1). “Lest at any time we should let them slip” (KJV) is not the thought. “Lest in any way we should slip away” (JND). There was real danger of some of the Hebrew professed Christians apostatizing (ch. 10:3839).
Heb. 3:66But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Hebrews 3:6). “If we hold fast  .  .  .  unto the end.” Those who have not faith cannot stand the testing “ifs” (ch. 2:3; 3:12; 6:1112).
Heb. 5:88Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (Hebrews 5:8). “Learned He obedience.” The eternal Son, Creator and Commander became also the lowly, suffering, obedient Man, an experience new to Him.
Heb. 10:2929Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29). “Hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing.” In verse 14 the one offering of Christ, in contrast to the oft-repeated Jewish sacrifices, perfected forever the sanctified. However, in this epistle sanctification is positional. Only those who have faith enter into the eternal glory. All others, although once in this privileged position, not having a renewed heart, apostatize — “sin willfully” — despise the Spirit of grace.
Heb. 12:22Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2). “The author and finisher of our faith.” This has nothing to do with “our” faith but solely that of our perfect Exemplar in His entire course down here.
1 Peter 3:19. “He went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” When? “When once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was a preparing.” The Holy Spirit used Noah as “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5) to these now-disembodied spirits who had been “disobedient” and whose bodies perished in the flood.
2 Peter 2:22. “The sow that was washed” was never a sheep.
2 Peter 3:17. “Beware lest ye  .  .  .  fall from your own steadfastness.” This is a warning to avoid the errors of false teachers (Acts 20:2930; Eph. 4:1414That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:14); 2 Tim. 3:1314).
John 1:77The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (John 1:7). “If we walk in the light” is not a question of how we walk but where, in contrast to verse 6. See 1 John 2:910; Colossians 1:1313Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (Colossians 1:13); 1 Peter 2:9. The light of the revelation of God is in contrast to the darkness of fallen man.
John 2:22And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. (John 2:2). “Also for the sins of the whole world.” The translators added the three words “the sins of” without warrant. The Scriptures are always guarded against saying that the sins of unbelievers have had settlement made. Faith alone can appropriate such special truth. God has been propitiated, vindicated, yea glorified in spite of all sin. Leviticus 16:1516 gives this in type, while verses 2022 present substitution for sins of His people (1 Peter 2:24).
John 3:44Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (John 3:4). “Sin is the transgression of the law” should read, “Sin is lawlessness.” Lawlessness existed long before the law was ever given. See Romans 5:1314.
Rev. 3:55He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5). “Not blot out his name out of the book of life.” The believer is here assured that such cannot be in his case, but the dead professor’s name will not be there in the end.
Rev. 5:910. “Redeemed us to God,” “made us” and “we shall reign” should read, “Redeemed to God,” “made them” and “they shall reign.” The glorified saints are here singing praises to the Lamb who had been slain and who had bought the suffering remnant that will be slain and eventually reign with the heavenly saints over the earth (ch. 20:45 JND).