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Provoking of one another to love and good works

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in books, edification, gathering | Comments Off

David Peterson commenting on Hebrews 10:24-25:

It may be suggested from the syntax of Hebrews 10:25 that encouragement can be given to other Christians at the most basic level by not abandoning the assembly. Looking more positively at the benefits of Christian assembly, F.F. Bruce asserts that “every opportunity of coming together and enjoying their fellowship in faith and hope must be welcomed and used for mutual encouragement.” [F.F. Bruce, Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, NICNT; London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1964, p. 253] However, remembering what was said above in connection with Hebrews 3:12-13 and Hebrews 5:12 it would seem that the writer intended such meetings to be opportunities for mutual teaching and exhortation. It is perhaps best in the context to render paraklountes more generally as “encouraging (one another),” but the provoking of one another to love and good works clearly demands more than just being present at the assembly and participating enthusiastically! (David G. Peterson, “The Ministry of Encouragement,” in God Who is Rich in Mercy. Ed. Peter T. O’Brien and David G. Peterson; Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986, p. 246) (italics in original)