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    The 'Heavenly Calling'

    Here we see two different passages from the Scriptures which speak of a " heavenly calling":

    "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph.2:5-6).

    "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel"
    (Heb.12:22-24).

    Only those in the Body of Christ have a heavenly calling so those who received the Hebrew epistles were members of the Body of Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Here we see two different passages from the Scriptures which speak of a " heavenly calling":

    "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph.2:5-6).

    "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel"
    (Heb.12:22-24).

    Only those in the Body of Christ have a heavenly calling so those who received the Hebrew epistles were members of the Body of Christ.
    I can only find one passage about the "heavenly calling", and it is all about being faithful and holding fast till the end.

    Hebrews 3:1-6
    1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
    2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
    3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
    4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
    5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
    6 But 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genuineoriginal View Post
    I can only find one passage about the "heavenly calling", and it is all about being faithful and holding fast till the end.
    What do you think that the author means when he wrote, "partakers of the heavenly calling"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    What do you think that the author means when he wrote, "partakers of the heavenly calling"?

    Matthew 22:14
    14 For many are called, but few are chosen.


    The people that answer the call and are chosen are partakers of the heavenly calling.
    Learn to read what is written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genuineoriginal View Post
    I can only find one passage about the "heavenly calling", and it is all about being faithful and holding fast till the end.

    Hebrews 3:1-6
    1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
    2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
    3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
    4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
    5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
    6 But 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.
    The first word "Wherefore" there, another way of saying "for this reason" makes it obvious he is building on what he has said in the previous chapter.

    In other words, he is referring to the calling they had received from the people he mentioned in chapter two.

    Just as he also makes it obvious in chapter two that the people he mentioned in chapter two are those referred to by Luke in Acts 2 and 3.

    Also, by Mark in...

    Mark 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

    That last verse there is a description of Early Acts.

    And it matches this...

    Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

    Their preaching?

    2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool. 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

    2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

    That last verse is referenced in Hebrews version of all that...which goes from the Lord's ministry in Matthew thru John, to the Twelve's ministry in Early Acts, after He ascended back unto the Father in Acts 1.

    Note...

    Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (Matthew thru John), and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him (Early Acts); 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

    That last verse is this...

    Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

    The actual sense of Hebrews 3:1 is understood properly only through that lens...

    Acts 17:11, 12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danoh View Post
    Note...

    Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (Matthew thru John), and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him (Early Acts); 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.

    That last verse is this...

    Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

    The actual sense of Hebrews 3:1 is understood properly only through that lens...
    By the time the book of Hebrews was written the nation of Israel had already been temporarily set aside.

    You just can't get that through your think head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Shugart View Post
    Here we see two different passages from the Scriptures which speak of a " heavenly calling":

    "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph.2:5-6).

    "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel"
    (Heb.12:22-24).

    Only those in the Body of Christ have a heavenly calling so those who received the Hebrew epistles were members of the Body of Christ.
    All the saved are in the body of Christ.

    No one can be saved without being in the body of Christ.

    The heavenly calling is to be reconciled to God by the Holy Spirit given to live in the heart of the saved, and the saved being put in Jesus.
    Oh how I love the Word of God!

    Do not just read the word do it.

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