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Mike Paulson

A Dr. Ruckman quote concerning Hebrews to Jude

For those who follow what Dr. Ruckman teaches as your final authority, note his quotes in The Books of General Epistles Volume 2, copyright @2004.

page vii - Introduction
    This set of epistles (Hebrews - Revelation) could more properly (and more Scripturally) be called "Hebrew-Christian Epistles" or "Tribulation Epistles" or even "Transition Epistles."  None of them are aimed directly and doctrinally to the Body of Christ in the Church Age.
    Exactly as Matthew and Acts are "transitional books," so Hebrews joins them to take you into times that will take place AFTER the Body of Christ has been called home to the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage of the Lamb.  Matthew bridges the chasm between the two Testaments; Acts builds a 'bridge' from Israel to the Church Age; and Hebrews leaps from the Church Age into the Great Tribulation: "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7).
    For this reason it is obvious to those who have engaged in dialogues with Catholics, Campbellites, Charismatics, Calvinists, Seventh-day Adventists, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, and Postmillennialists that every heresy taught by Christians since A.D. 90 has a basis, or 'proof-text,' taken from one of these four epistles.
    As a matter of fact, every saved Christian heretic from A.D. 90 to A.D. 2004 availed himself of Matthew, Acts, and Hebrews to teach false doctrines; namely Matthew 10,16,18; the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord's Prayer, 24,25; Acts 2,8,19; and Hebrews 1,3,4,6,10,11.

Page 111, referring to I John 3:20-24
There is no way you can apply these verses doctrinally to New Testament salvation as found in Romans, Ephesians, Galatians, and Colossians.  You are constantly being warned (as you are in Matthew, Hebrews, James, and Revelation) that your works are connected with your "New Birth."

No such simple explanation as II Timothy 2:13 or 'works prove you are saved: (James 2) will explain I John 2:4,9,11,24; 3:4,6-10, 14-`15; 4:7-8,15,20 and 5:3,16,18.

Now, for my thoughts - Paulson?
    Even though Dr. Ruckman writes what he writes in the Introduction and on page 111, he goes on and writes a complete commentary on those very books as if 'some' of the verses are still to us today.  So, this quote, as good as it is, only shows that many self-proclaiming rightly dividers divide per verse as they are taught by whatever school from which they graduate, instead of per book, as with Paul.
    Each of Paul's books begin with Paul - so it should be obvious that the easiest way to rightly divide without any private interpretation or special schooling of thought is to taken directly from Paul's own books.
    Following Paul should simply mean we follow what Paul writes, not trying to 'discern' and 'interpretate' to figure out what is truth 'to' us and 'for' us from within Matthew all the way through to Revelation.