Who is the Author of the Book of Hebrews?

Author of the Book of Hebrews?The Book of Hebrews has many references to the Old Testament. Many suggest Paul wrote Hebrews. Are there any clues as to who might be the author of the book of Hebrews?

The author of Hebrews is unknown. As early as 255 AD, church leaders concluded the author of the book was unknown. Some speculate it was Paul, and from 400-1600 AD the Roman church declared the letter to be the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews. The writer has a firm grasp of the Old Testament pictures of Christ, and he has an in-depth understanding of the Jewish culture, sacrificial system, law, prophets, Old Testament scripture, etc. Even the closing of the letter sounds a little like Paul and mentions Timothy, a protegé of Paul. Continue reading

What does it mean in Hebrews 6:3 “If God permits” Our Maturity?

maturityIn Hebrews 6:3, what does the writer mean by “if God permits”our maturity? Is God not obligated to receive us back if we repent from sin? Can our sanctification be lost?

Let us begin by viewing the verse in context:

Hebrews 6:1-3 (NKJV)

The Peril of Not Progressing

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will (let us) do if God permits.

The writer’s exhortation is to:

1. Leave behind elementary teaching
2. Press on to maturity
3. And this we will do (pressing on to being mature) if God permits Continue reading