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The Analogy of
The Grecian Games In The Word
By J.B. Scaramastro
Acts 2:34 "right hand" Similar to Matt. 22:44.
Acts 5:31 "right hand" Peter stated that "God exalted with his right hand to be a prince and a savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgivess of sins."
Acts 7:55,56 "right hand" Stephan is said to have seen the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. This posture seems to be indicative of Jesus' firm resolve to avenge the death of his martyr on the unrepentant people who committed this crime.
Rom. 8:34 "right hand" Christ is at the right hand of God making intercession for us.
Eph. 1:20 "right hand" The Deity has raised Christ from the dead and set him at His right hand. This is representative of "the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, ..."
Col. 3:1 "right hand" We are exhorted that if we be risen with Christ, then we should seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Heb. 1:3 "right hand" See notes on "is set down" on page -- and --.
Heb. 1:13 "right hand" Yahweh did not say to any of the angels, "sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Heb. 8:1 "right hand" Setting on the right hand of God demonstrates the absolute effectiveness of his role as high priest. See notes on "is set down" on pages -- and --.
Heb. 10:12 "right hand" The effectiveness of his sacrifice is brought out by the fact that it is once and for ever therefore he sits at the right hand of God and does not have to repeat what he has done. See notes on pages -- and --.
Heb. 12:2 "right hand" See notes on "is set down" on pages -- and --.
1 Pet. 3:22 "right hand" The significance of being on the right hand of God is brought out here. Consider: "who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him."
Rev. 1:16,20; 2:1 "right hand" The right hand of Jesus is representative of his power ans authority and, thus, his ability to watch over and care for the ecclesias.
The corresponding word for "right hand" in the Hebrew is, "YAMIYN, pronounce yaw-meen ... the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south ..." Strong's #3225. Some of its occurrences in the Old Testament are as follows:
Ex. 15:6,12 "Thy right hand" (three times) Yahweh's right hand is stated to be "glorious in power." It stands for Yahweh's power and ability to accomplish His will, (particularly against the wicked).
Deut. 33:2 "from his right hand" The fiery law proceeds from his right hand because this is a symbol of his power and authority. Thiss takes place when the Lord Jesus Christ and the glorified saints proceed from Sinai.
2 Chron. 18:18 "his right hand" Micaiah saw a vision of Yahweh with His angels standing on both sides of Him in official conversation.
Job 40:14 "thine own right hand" Yahweh tells Job that if he could thunder like Him and deck himself with majesty and excellency and array himself with glory and beauty and deal with the proud and wicked, then He would declare his right hand could save himself. In other words, Job would have the power to save himself.
Ps. 16:11 "at thy right hand" Jesus is represented as saying that the Deity would show him the path of life and that in His presence is fulness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures for evermore. Thus His right hand is associated with everlasting pleasure and joy.
Ps. 17:7 "by thy right hand" The Deity is represented as saving by His right hand those that put their trust in Him. Thus his right hand is associated with his power to save and our salvation.
Ps. 18:35 "and thy right hand" The Deity's right hand is said to hold up Jesus. (Support). Thus, His right hand is associated with power that strengthens and enables one to overcome.
Ps. 20:6 "his right hand" Yahweh is said to save his anointed (the Messiah - Christ) with the saving strength of his right hand.
Ps. 21:8 "thy right hand" Yahweh's hand shall find out his enemies even his right hand shall find out those that hate him and he shall utterly destroy them. Thus, his right hand is associated with omniscience and judgment.
Ps. 44:3 "thy right hand" Israel did not possess the land by their own sword nor did their own arm save them but it was the Deity's right hand and arm that saved them because of the light of His countenance which represents his favor shown upon them.
Ps.45:4 "right hand" This is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ who is represented being guided by his right hand into deeds of dread to the wicked upon whom his power is being manifested in judgment.
Ps. 45:9 "upon thy right hand" The glorified saints as the symbolical bride of Christ is here represented as Christ's Queen standing on his right hand side because that position is one of acceptance, privilege, joy, and power. As Queen the saints are represented as co-rulers with Christ.
Ps. 48:10 "thy right hand" The Deity's right hand is represented as being full of righteousness. Thus, the right hand of the Deity is associated with righteousness.
Ps. 60:5 "thy right hand" The Lord Jesus Christ is the beloved of the Deity referred to here. (The term the beloved comes from a Hebrew word which is in the masculine gender and singular number.) Here a prayer is uttered for his deliverance and that he might be saved by His right hand. Thus, the right hand is associated with deliverance and salvation.
Ps. 63:8 "thy right hand" A Psalm of David where he prays that the Deity might uphold him with His right hand. Thus, the Deity's right hand is associated with a sustaining power. (Uphold = Sustain).
Ps. 77:10 "the right hand" "the years of the right hand of the Most High" is representative of "the works of Yahweh" even His "wonders of old" when He redeemed His people and led them like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Thus, the Deity's right hand is associated the manifestation of power and might which brought Egypt to its knees and delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage.
Ps. 78:54 "his right hand" The Deity brought Israel into the land that His right hand had purchased. In other words, He had procured the land for them by His power and might.
Ps. 80:15 'thy right hand" The vineyard or Israel is represented as being planted by the Deity's right hand or power and might. But there is a particular branch (the Lord Jesus Christ) which He had made strong for Himself.
Ps. 80:17 "thy right hand" The prayer that the Deity's hand might be upon the man of His right hand even upon the Son of Man whom He had made strong for Himself. (Strong = to be alert ... mentally: in courage.) Thus, Jesus was given the capability to overcome by his Father. Salvation is a work of the Deity and thus symbolized by His right hand. Here the man of His right hand is representative of the Deity's acceptance and delight in this man as well as this man being the means whereby His mighty salvation would be wrought. Therefore, it is only natural that when Jesus had accomplished his mission that he ascended to the right hand of the Father.
Ps. 89:13 "thy right hand" The Deity's right hand is associated with might and strength and exaltation (high is thy right hand).
Ps. 89:25 "his right hand" The Deity would establish His servant David's (the Beloved's) right hand or power and might. Thus, the kingdom would be established by the power of the Deity.
Ps. 98:1 "his right hand" Yahweh's right hand and holy arm are said to have gotten Him the victory. Thus, the Deity's right hand is associated with victory in the accomplishing of His plan and purpose with the earth.
Ps. 108:6 "thy right hand" "thy beloved" is from a Hebrew word which is in the masculine gender and singular number and, therefore, refers to the Lord Jesus Christ. Here a prayer is uttered for his deliverance and salvation. See note Ps. 60:5.
Ps. 110:1 "my right hand" This is an oft quoted passage in the New Testament and refers to Yahweh saying unto His adon to sit on His right hand the position of acceptance, joy, power, privilege, authority and might, until He (the Deity) makes his enemies his footstool.
Ps. 118:15,16 "the right hand of" (three times) Yahweh's right hand is representative of the means and power that has brought salvation. Here the Deity's right hand is associated with exaltation and valor in bringing salvation.
Ps. 138:7 "thy right hand" Yahweh's right hand is associated with salvation. Here the saving of Jesus from the enemies who collaborated to crucify him is the specific application but there is a general application but there is a general application to all the saints.
Ps. 139:10 "thy right hand" Prophetically Jesus is found praying that Yahweh's hand shall lead him and His right hand shall hold me. [hold = to seize (often with the accessory idea of holding in possession)]. Thus, the Deity's right hand is associated with guidance and of taking His own unto Himself as one would take a possession.
Songs of Solomon 2:6; 8:3 "and his right hand" The ecclesia, the Bride of Christ, is represented as being embraced by The Lord Jesus Christ. This represents love, comfort, security.
Is. 41:10 "the right hand of" The Deity is represented as saying to Israel after the flesh that he will strengthen (to be alert ... mentally: in courage.) and help and uphold (sustain) them withthe right hand of His righteousness. Thus, the Deity's right hand is associated with giving courage, helping and sustaining and the Deity's righteousness.
Is. 62:8 "by his right hand" "Yahweh hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength ..." Here the Deity's right hand is associated with the inviolability of His word and His strength.
Lam. 2:3,4 "his right hand" His right hand is drawn away from the enemy and is now become the adversary of Israel. Here the right hand is symbolically associated with the protective care of Israel which is removed and with the outpouring of judgment upon them.
Hab. 2:16 "right hand" The cup of Yahweh's right hand is turned against Babylon. The cup symbolizing judgment will be admministered by the power and might of Yahweh symbolized by the right hand.
The word translated "throne" is, "THRONOS, a seat, (properly a high seat with a footstool); later, and in New Testament, a throne as the emblem of regal authority." Bullinger page 799. It occurs in the following New Testament passages:
Matt.5:34 "throne" Heaven is referred to as the Deity's throne.
Matt. 19:28 "throne ... thrones" Jesus refers to the regeneration when he as the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory along with the twelve apostles occupying twelve thrones and judging the twelve tribes of Israel. See notes on "is set down" page --.
Matt. 23:22 "throne" Jesus refers to heaven as the throne of God.
Matt. 25:31 "throne" Jesus states that when he returns as the Son of Man, coming in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he shall sit upon the throne of his glory. See notes on "is set down" page --.
Luke 1:32 "throne" Gabriel tells Mary that the covenant of Yahweh with David would be fulfilled in Jesus and that he would have occupy the throne of David.
Luke 1:52 "seats" Mary states that the Deity "hath put down the mighty from their seats (thrones), and exalted them of low degree." Thus, the faithful though despised by the world now eventually will become c0-rulers with Christ in the kingdom.
Luke 22:30 "thrones"Similar to Matt. 19:28.
Acts 2:30 "throne" Peter refers to the covenant of Yahweh with David and what David understood it to mean. See notes under "is set down" on page --.
Acts 7:49 "throne" Stephan quotes Is. 66:1.
Heb. 1:8 "throne" Paul quotes Ps. 45:6,7.
Heb. 4:16 "thropne" The Deity's throne in the heavens is referred to as "the throne of grace." It is associated with Christ's role as High Priest.
Heb. 8:1 "throne" The Deity's throne in the heaven's is referred to as "the throne of the Majesty in the heavens." It is associated with Christ's role as High Priest. See notes under "right hand" on page --.
Heb. 12:2 "throne" Jesus is said to sit on the right hand of the throne of God having successfully accomplished his mission. See notes under "right hand" on page --.
Rev. 1:4 This is representative of Jesus' position now at the right hand of the Father.
Rev. 3:21 "throne ... throne" See notes under "is set down" on page --.
Rev. 4:2,3,4,5,6,9,10 "throne" or "seats" This is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ with the glorified saints occupying thrones in the political heavens. (In verses 9,10, "for ever and ever = unto the ages of the ages).
Rev. 5:1,6,7,11,13 "throne" This is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ with the glorified saints. The one occupying the throne is Christ (In verse 13, for ever and ever = unto the ages of the ages).
Rev. 6:16 "throne" This is how the pagans viewed the success of Constantine.
Rev. 7:9,10,11,15,17 "throne" The throne of God in verse 15 refers to the throne of David in Jerusalem occupied by the Lamb or the Lord Jesus Christ in the Kingdom Age.
Rev. 8:3 "throne" Refers to the throne of Yahweh which is in the heavens.
Rev.11:16 "seats" The twenty-four elders are representative of the glorified saints as priests sitting upon seats or thrones indicating that they are kings reigning with Christ. God = Theos is a title of Christ as a perfect manifestation of his Father.
Rev. 14:3,5 "throne" A picture of the throne of Christ in the Kingdom along with the glorified saints.
Rev. 16:17 "throne" The words "of heaven" do not appear in the Greek Text. The temple relates to the saints in glory and the term throne indicates their status. They are a royal priesthood. See H. P. Mansfield, The Apocalypse Epitomised page 204.
Rev. 19:4,5 "throne" A picture of the glorified saints worshipping and praising God (Christ: See note on Rev. 11:16) who sits upon the throne of the Kingdom in Jerusalem.
Rev. 20:4 "thrones" See notes under "is set down" on page --.
Rev. 20:11 "throne" The throne of judgment of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. 21:5 "throne" The Lord Jesus Christ sitting upon the throne of the Kingdom is represented here.
Rev. 22:1,3 "throne" Here "the throne of God and of the Lamb" which is the throne of David established in the Kingdom is portrayed.
The corresponding word in the Hebrew for "throne" is, "KICCE, pronounced KIS-SAY; or KICCEH, pronounced KIS-SAY ...; properly covered, that is a throne (as canopied) ..." Strong's #3678. It occurs in the following Old Testament passages:
1 Sam. 2:8 "and ... the throne of" Yahweh's ability to exalt the poor to a position of rulership inheriting the throne of glory. This is an obvious reference to the future Kingdom Age when the glorified saints will be co-rulers with Christ.
2 Sam. 7:13,16 "the throne of," "thy throne" David is told that Yahweh would establish the throne of his seed's Kingdom, ad-olahm, during the hidden period, that is, the millenium. See Eureka, vol. 2 pages 12-18 of Black Edition (Copy of Original).
1 Kgs. 2:4,33,45 "the throne of," "and upon his throne," "the throne of" Referring to the establishment of David's throne according to Yahweh's promise. In verse 33, Solomon desires its establishment in peace forever (ad-olahm) and its establishment before Yahweh for ever (ad-olahm) in verse 45.
1 Kgs. 8:25; 9:5 "the throne of" (three times) Referring to Yahweh's promise to David that there should always be a seed of his to sit on the throne of Israel based on obedience. In 9:5, Yahweh repeats the promise to Solomon that He would establishh the throne of his Kingdom upon Israel for ever. (for ever = for olahm).
1 Kgs. 22:19 "his throne" Micaiah saw a vision of Yahweh occupying a throne in heaven. See note on "right hand" and 2 Chron. 18:18 page --.
1 Chron. 17:12,14 "his throne," "and his throne" Same as 2 Sam. 7:13,16. Here in both passages where it says that Yahweh would establish his (David's) throne forever the Hebrew for forever is ad-olahm.
1 Chron. 22:10 "the throne of" A prophecy which has an incipient fulfillment in Solomon but primarily fulfilled in Jesus. Yahweh said that he would establish the throne of his Kingdom over Israel for ever. (for ever = ad olahm, the Millenium).
2 Chron. 6:16; 7:18 "the throne of" Similar to 1 Kgs. 8:25 and 9:5 repectively.
2 Chron. 18:18 "his throne" Similar to 1 Kgs. 22:19.
Ps. 9:4 "in the throne" Yahweh is said to sit on His throne judging right.
Ps. 9:7 "his throne" But Yahweh shall endure for ever (for olahm): he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
Ps. 11:4 "throne" Yahweh's throne is in heaven.
Ps.45:6 "thy throne" "Thy throne, O Elohim is olahm and ad (foe ever and ever in K.J.V.): the sceptre of thy Kingdom is a right sceptre." this is a reference to the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ here on earth.
Ps. 47:8 "the throne of" "Elohim reigneth over the heathen: Elohim sitteth upon the throne of his holiness." Apparently refers to the Lord Jesus Christ reigning for the Deity and as King here on earth. This Psalm is about the Kingdom.
Ps. 89:4 "thy throne" "Thy seed will I establish for ever (ad-olahm) (during the hidden period), and build up thy throne to all generation. Selah." This is a reference to the fulfillment of Yahweh's promise to David in the Kingdom when his seed the Lord Jesus Christ shall occupy it as Yahweh's ruler upon this earth.
Ps. 89:14 "thy throne" "Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face." This applies to Yahweh's throne in the heavens but in context it is obvious that the fulfillment of His promise to David makes David's throne an extension of His own in the Kingdom Age when the Lord Jesus Christ sits upon it and reigns for his Father. In verse 29, "forever" = unto the ad; In verse 36, "for ever" = for olahm.
Ps. 89:29,36 "and his throne" In these two verses, reference is made to the throne of David and its establishment in the Kingdom as covenanted to David by Yahweh.
Ps. 93:2 "thy throne" "Thy throne is established of old (Heb. from then): thou art from everlasting. (Heb. from olahm)" This seems to be fulfilled by Jesus reigning upon David's throne for Yahweh his Father.
Ps. 97:2 "his throne" "...righteousness and judgment are the habitation (the basis of) of his throne." Again, Yahweh reigns through the Lord Jesus Christ and the glorified saints all of whom are the fulfillment of and bear the Yahweh name.
Ps. 103:19 "his throne" "Yahweh hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his Kingdom ruleth over all." It is definite that Yahweh's throne is in heaven at present but the heavens referred to here are the political heavens and this passage will be fulfilled when the Lord Jesus Christ and the glorified saints bearing the Yahweh name establish the Kingdom and rule over the nations for Yahweh.
Ps. 122:5 "thrones ... the thrones" "For there are set - thrones for justice, thrones for the house of David." Rotherham. This is fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ and the glorified saints in the Kingdom Age when they shall judge the nations.
Ps. 132:11,12 "upon thy throne" (two times) This is another reference to the covenant of Yahweh made with David which will be fulfilled in the Kingdom. In verse 12, "for evermore" is adai-ad. Adai is plural of ad.
Is. 6:1 "a throne" This is a reference to the Lord Jesus Christ in his exalted position sitting upon the throne of the Kingdom. John 12:40 tells us that this applies to Jesus.
Is. 9:7 "the throne of" This is a reference to the fulfillment of Yahweh's covenant with David and, thus, the Lord Jesus Christ occupying his throne for ever (ad-olahm).
Is. 16:5 "the throne" The Lord Jesus Christ occupying the throne of David.
Is. 22:23 "for a glorious throne" The Lord Jesus Christ and his glorified brethren are referred to here. See Eureka, Vol. One page 377-378.
Is. 66:1 "a throne" Yahweh's throne is heaven and earth is His footstool.
Jer. 3:17 "the throne" We are told that when Israel is restored to the land that Jerusalem will be referred to as the throne of Yahweh.
Jer. 14:21 "the throne" " the throne of thy glory" is apparently Israel.
Jer. 17:12 "throne" "A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary." Obviously, this refers to the temple in Jerusalem.
Jer. 17:25 "the throne of" A reference to the fulfillment of the covenant of Yahweh with David in regards to his throne and the remaining of Jerusalem for ever (for olahm). There would continue to be continuity as long as the people were obedient.
Jer. 22:2,4,30 "the throne of" Similar to Jer. 17:25. In addition, in verse 30, Coniah is told that no descendent of his would sit upon the throne of David.
Jer. 33:17,21 "the throne of," "his throne" Yahweh guarantees the fulfillment of His covenant with David. "the throne of the house of Israel" is David's throne.
Jer. 36:30 "the throne of" Yahweh tells Jehoiakim that none of his descendants would sit upon the throne of David.
Jer. 49:38 "my throne" Yahweh states that he will set His throne in Elam and that this event shall come to pass in the latter days.
Lam. 5:19 "thy throne" Thou, O Yahweh, remainest for ever (for olahm); thy throne from generation to generation.
Ezek. 1:26 "a throne ... the throne" A vision of Christ and the glorified saints.
Ezek. 10:1 "throne" A vision of Christ and the glorified saints.
Ezek. 43:7 "my throne" Jerusalem is identified as the place of Yahweh's throne where he will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever (for olahm). Here we have a prophecy about Christ and the glorified saints who bear the name of Yahweh and rule for him during the Millenium.
Zec. 6:13 "his throne ... his throne" A prophecy about the Branch who will rule as a King-Priest upon his throne in the Kingdom, namely, Christ Jesus.
Bringing the above information together, we realize that the Lord Jesus Christ's victory was complete and does not need to be repeated, therefore, he remains seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Here he is in a position of power, privilege, authority, glorification, joy, and exaltation acting as our High Priest. This passage is an obvious allusion to Ps. 110:1 where Yahweh guarantees that what has been accomplished in Jesus in his first mission will see the fulfillment of the covenant of promise to David in Christ, David's adon or Lord, when he returns to establish the Kingdom. The Psalm also guarantees that there will be a glorified multitude of redeemed ones with him. They are referred to in verse three of the Psalm. Thus through this statement all spiritual athletes can obtain strength and encouragement for they will realize that Jesus was successful and now has the means and the power to enable them to succeed. It goes even further then that for the background of the ideas represented in this statement guarantees that many will succed through Christ and share in his glory, majesty, joy, exaltation, privilege, and power when he as the Lord the righteous Judge rewards the successful at his return.
Again, quoting from BrotherJohn Martin's Hebrew notes on page 127, we have the following statement under "is set down": "In the perfect tense, "hath set down." The results of his victory are permanent, and his prize, second place in the universe to his Father! This was the joy that was set before him. We too, have a great prize set before us, even to sit down with the Lord Jesus Christ in his throne (Rev. 3:21)."
Ninthly, Paul, as herald, continues his words of exhortation in Heb. 12:3-4 by saying, "For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin." Again, let us consider this statement through looking at its various parts before summing up its significance.
The word for "For" is, "GAR, (a contraction of GE, verily, and ARA, therefore, further,) the fact is, in fact, (having a more extensive meaning than the English for, expressing the reason, cause, motive, principle, etc. of what has been previously said.) Bullinger page 296. Thus, what Paul is about to say will add to and extend what has already been said. Notice the logical development of each point of Paul throughout this section. This instance is not the first instance of a use of a term that in some way logically connects the preceding thought with the succeeding thought. Paul is not an irrational illogical type of person but one who uses his mental powers to their fullest. Of course, it must be realized that he has been inspired to write this message as all others that bear his name and, therefore, the overseeing hand of the Deity is behind the whole work.
The word for "consider" is, "ANALOGIZOMAI, to reckon up, compute; to count up again, think over, reflect upon." Bullinger page 182. "...to think over, ponder, consider ..." Grimm-Thayer page 39. "... reckon up, sum up, ... calculate ..." Liddell and Scott. page 111. "...First aorist middle imperative ... old word to reckon up, to compare, to weigh, only here in the New Testament ..." A. T. Robertson. Word Pictures in the New Testament. vol.5, page 434. The aorist imperative form of he verb denotes a command simply to do an action without regard to its continuance or frequency. (Wenham, J. W. The Elements of New Testament Greek. page 24.) The middle voice is that in which the subject does something to itself. Thus here the apostle Paul is commanding all would be spiritual athletes that they must think over, ponder, consider, reckon and reflect upon how they compare as spiritual athletes to the one who was victorious.This is a similar exhortation to that given by Peter in his first epistle at chapter two verses 21-23. It is important to remember that this is not just meant for the Hebrew brethren or the brethren of Paul's time but unto all who would come afterwards who would read or hear this message. Therefore, we must apply this message, as well as all of those previously considered, and in fact all that is in Yahweh's word, unto ourselves if we want to be victorious in the race for aionian life. We must attentively observe and analyze the life of Jesus in all its aspects. This thorough analysis will include looking at his conduct, his words, his motives, his objectives, and his works, for he was a perfect manifestation of the mental and moral character of his Father.
The word translated "that endured" has been considered on pages -- and --. Through the use of this term the apostle Paul is exhorting the Hebrew brethren as well as ourselves to think over, ponder, consider, reckon up, calculate, and reflect upon Jesus' example of standing fast and holding his ground successfully in his battle with the carnal mind or sin-in-the-flesh even to the enduring of his death upon the cross and compare that ideal standard to ourselves. As the word signifies, he held his ground after others had gone for only he of all the billions of people who have ever lived was able to overcome the carnal mind or sin-in-the-flesh which is the devil and, thus, destroy it forever upon the cross. When he arose from the grave he would never have to contend with it again. Furthermore, through his success, we can become successful by associating ourselves with him through baptism and, thus, have access to the Father through his role as High Priest and Mediator. Apart from this source of strength (and this is not said to the exclusion of the word of the Deity which is His power unto salvation but is meant in addition to it.) derived from prayer it is impossible to succeed. Simply put, MAN CAN NOT SAVE HIMSELF!
The word translated "contradiction" is, "ANTILOGIA, a speaking against or in opposition to; controversy." Bullinger page 185. "... 1. contradiction, dispute ... 2. hostility, rebellion ..." Arndt and Ginrich page 74. It only occurs in the following New Testament passages:
Heb. 6:16 "strife" Paul states, "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife." In other words, a covenant ends all controversy for an agreement which is binding has been reached.
Heb. 7:7 "contradiction" Paul states that "without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better." In other words, this is so blatantly obvious there is no questioning or arguing about it.
Heb. 12:3 "contradiction" This is one of the elements that Jesus had to contend with. The Pharisees, Scribes, Sadduccees and leaders of the people in general continuously opposed him until they eventually had him crucified in open rebellion against both Christ and the Deity.
Jude 11 "gainsaying" Jude is making reference to the strife, controversy and rebellion against Moses and Aaron spearheaded by Korah, Dathan and Abiram. They spoke against Moses and Aaron and incited open rebellion against them.
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