A great verbal picture…

Thus, these interrelated passages form somewhat a hall of echoes
from which the author draws.

Guthrie, in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, 921

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No deliberation…Nor bargaining…

However bilateral the arrangement may be in its outcome, to God alone belongs the prerogative of initiating it and with Him alone lies the right of determining its content. God never deliberates or bargains with man as to the terms of the berith He condescends to enter into.

Geerhardus Vos
Hebrews, the Epistle of the Diatheke, in
Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation
p. 168

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Nothing novel here…

Only duty binds me to declare, That as I have used the utmost sincerity whereof I am capable, in the investigation and declaration of the mind of the Spirit of God in the text, without the least respect unto any parties of men, opinions, ways of worship, or other differences that are amongst us in and about the affairs of religion, because I feared God; so in the issue and fruit of my endeavours, the reader will find nothing savouring of an itch after novelty or curiosity, that will divert him from that sound doctrine and form of wholesome words, wherein the professors of this nation have been educated and instructed.

John Owen, Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, 1:viii

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…when the word is purely taught, all things are safe, holy, and pure,
although the gates of hell rage against us never so much, and we lose,
not only our goods, but also our lives.

Luther, A Commentary on the Psalms Called Psalms of Degrees, 446

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Christ’s sufferings and obedience alone…

Keep clear your sense of justification; remember it is not your own natural goodness, nor your tears, nor your sanctification, that will justify you before God.
It is Christ’s sufferings and obedience alone.

M’Cheyne, Memoir and Remains, Seventh Pastoral Letter, 244

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If we have unity…

We can dispense with uniformity if we have unity; oneness of life truth and way;
oneness in Christ Jesus; oneness of object and spirit – these we must have, or our assemblies will be synagogues of contention rather than churches of Christ.

CHS, ToD, VI:131

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Things we must learn…

[We] must learn that the unity of the church is the gift of God,
which we must defend and maintain with all our power.

Luther, A Commentary on the Psalms Called Psalms of Degrees, 442

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