Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Barclay on Hebrews 6.1 - "Going on to Perfection"

Hebrews 6:1 (KJV)
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God..."

"The writer to the Hebrews was certain of the necessity of progress in the Christian life. No teacher would ever get anywhere if he had to lay the foundations all over again every time he began to teach. The writer to the Hebrews says that his people must be going on to what he calls teleiotes. The King James Version translates this word perfection. But teleios , the adjective, and its kindred words have a technical meaning. Pythagoras divided his students into hoi  manthanontes, the learners, and hoi teleioi, the mature. Philo divided his students into three different classes--hoi archomenoi, those just beginning, hoi prokoptontes, those making progress, and hoi teleiomenoi, those beginning to reach maturity. Teleiotes does not imply complete knowledge but a certain maturity in the Christian faith."      --- William Barclay in The Letter to the Hebrews

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