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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Hebrews 12:14-29

George MacDonald writes: "Nothing is inexorable but love – For love loves unto purity. Love has ever in view the absolute loveliness of that which it beholds. Where loveliness is incomplete, and love cannot love its fill of loving, it spends itself to make more lovely, that it may love more; it strives for...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:14-29Psalms 97:1-5Isaiah 66:151 Corinthians 3:12-14

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William MacDonald

The words chastening, chasteneth, chastisement and chastened occur seven times in the first 11 verses of Hebrews 12:1-29. As a result it is easy for the casual reader to get a wrong impression. He might easily picture God as an angry Father who is forever whipping His children. This misconception arises from thinking of chastening as nothing but punishment.

It is a great relief to learn that chastening in the New Testament has a much...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:7Hebrews 12:1-29Hebrews 12:11

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T. Austin-Sparks

Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. (Hebrews 12:26 ESV)

Everything is going to be shaken in earth and
in heaven, with a view to finding out just how much there is of Christ living in
it. These Jewish believers were going to see the temple and the whole temple
system wrecked, and then they would discover just how much they had got of

Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:26

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T. Austin-Sparks

"Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:26-27 NIV)

The fact is that, while certain things
characterized the New Testament churches, the New Testament does not give
us a complete pattern...

Bible Verses: Hebrews 12:26

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T. Austin-Sparks

The disciples came to Him and asked, “Do You realize You offended the Pharisees by what You just said?” Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by My heavenly Father will be uprooted.” (Matthew 15:12,13 NLT)

Organized Christianity as it is
today cannot understand anything that is not organized, that is not advertised,
that is not run. It must have names that carry weight,...

Bible Verses: Matthew 15:12Matthew 15:13Hebrews 12:26

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