Paul’s salutation

Paul’s salutation

Many believers today have bought into the doctrine that Paul did not write the book of Hebrews, or that it was not Pauline in origin. Paul said in Colossians 4:18, AND in 2 Thessalonians 3:17 that he would signify his authorship with the same salutation:”grace be with you all” in each.(Colossians 4:18). “grace be with you” is found in all of Paul’s letters.

This was Paul’s fourth letter from a chronological standpoint, and “grace be with you all” is in the text in every single letter up to this point and afterwards.
While Paul did include his name in his opening salutations in his letters TO THE GENTILES, there are good reasons he didn’t put his name on the letter to the Hebrews, and his name is not a salutation, it’s an introduction.
Personally, I know the 54 translators of the original first edition KJV Bible credited Paul with the Book of Hebrews “the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews”. Who am I to dispute them? More on that in another chapter.

A salutation is an opening or closing greeting or exhortation. In all of Paul’s Epistles to the GENTILES, with the exception of his name, there are slight variations in his opening and closing remarks. In all his letters to the GENTILES, his name is included in the first verse. Again, his name is not a salutation, but an introduction of himself and establishing his office. But AFTER COLOSSIANS, he says he would signify his authorship with the same salutation, and there are two common denominators found in all of his closing remarks in all letters AFTER Colossians, “grace be with you”, and “Amen”, this salutation, and “Amen”. are words are found in ALL his Epistles after Colossians, and always in the same verse. The last one.

Only one book of the Bible after Paul’s letters, namely John’s book of revelation, and NONE BEFORE the Pauline Epistles contain a similar ending salutation. It seems logical Paul’s salutation began a trend and later authors, namely John, were most likely inspired by Paul in their own ending salutations. Peter and the other writers of the remaining books may have avoided using the salutation “grace be unto you” in deference and out of respect for Paul, while he was alive, or so as not to be confused with his letters.

Historically, the book of Hebrews was always bundled within the other 13 Epistles of Paul as a unit, usually after Colossians, and it was not his last Epistle from a Chronological standpoint. My personal opinion is that it was possibly his FIRST Epistle, or was written not long after after his conversion.

I studied this, and lo and behold, all of Paul’s Epistles after II Corinthians, in chronological order, including Hebrews, ending in the same salutation. All of his Epistles after I Corinthians have”grace be unto you”,(a closing salutation) and “Amen.” in the last verse, Just as Paul says in Colossians 4:18. In this verse, it’s logical to believe he was saying this salutation “grace be unto you” and “amen”,would be his copyright AFTERWARDS, since it is not found in the last verse of Romans or I Corinthians.

Almost all of Paul’s epistles have variations in the opening and closing salutations, but TWO WORDS are common in every one of his Epistles, and it is always the words “grace be unto you” and the last word, “Amen.”, most often, but not always in the last verse of the Epistle. Paul’s authorship of Romans or first Corinthians is not disputed.

The last verse of the book of Revelation says “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” So why did John use the same closing salutation? Well, we know John wrote Revelation, as well as four other books of the Bible. But John never uses the same closing salutation in any of his Epistles. Paul does. Revelation was written long after the death of Paul. John’s salutation was obviously influenced or inspired by Paul’s Epistles. .

I have provided a synopsis in the following post. Please consider this in your study. Granted, Hebrews does not contain the same, or similar OPENING salutation as Paul’s other books, but the book of Hebrews was NOT SENT TO THE GENTILES, it was for the Hebrews, and Paul was not their Apostle, so he had no need to identify himself. There is a similarity of style though, and it is shown in the first verse of Hebrews. There is a name there, just like the first word of all of Paul’s Epistles, but it’s not his, it’s “God”. The Hebrews may have been so acquainted with him, that he needed no introduction, or his name was on the envelope. In Hebrews, Paul points only to Christ. He deferred to Christ, and did not establish his office in the opening salutation. Hebrews DOES contain the same ENDING salutation as his other Epistles after Colossians, “grace be with you all”, and the writing style is unquestionably Paul’s. Furthermore, as a pharisee, trained by Gamaliel, Paul would have had the intimate, extensive knowledge of the priesthood REQUIRED to qualify him to write Hebrews with such authority. No other Apostle or Bible author was as knowledgeable as Paul concerning the priesthood and Judaism.

For some other individual to have authored Hebrews, and it to contain the same salutation as the 13 previous books, to me, is beyond the scope of mere coincidence. 14 books of the Bible in a row, with exact same salutation? It has Paul’s copyright all over it. Think about it.

There are many reasons Paul would not have ascribed Hebrews to himself in its opening passages. The primary reason is that Paul knew JESUS was the Hebrew’s Apostle, not him. More about Paul’s authorship of Hebrews is contained in another chapter of this book.

All scripture is from the King James Version, and is the complete text of the last verse of each of the 27 books of the New Testament. I have also pasted my remarks to one who believes Paul did not write Hebrews, explaining the doctrinal foolishness of such a position. I hope you find this information useful and edifying.

(My post in a Facebook thread a few days ago).
“By your logic then, if the translators were mistaken in attributing Hebrews to Paul, what else were they in error about? Paul says in Colossians 4:18 “my salutation by the hand of me Paul “grace be unto you”. to me that means that “grace be unto you” is his salutation. His seal. Every single one of the books from Romans to Hebrews has “grace be unto you” in its opening or closing salutation. One’s name is not a salutation, and there are opening and closing salutations. “Grace be unto you”, was Paul’s trademark, his copyright. No other author of any of the other books of the Bible ever used “grace be unto you” before Paul, or afterwards in his lifetime. In only one other book, John uses “grace be unto you” in revelation, long after Paul was martyred, but not in his other four previous books. This indicates Pauline influence, and John only used it after Paul’s death. None of the 39 books of the OT, or the Apostles, nor Luke ever used anything remotely associated with Paul’s salutation, found in the opening verses or the last verse of all of the Epistles from Romans to Hebrews. Thats 14 books in a row. To me, that is beyond the scope of coincidence. And furthermore, ask yourself this: “if God were to introduce the Hebrews to Jesus, and the gospel of grace, which belonged only to Paul, who would he use to do it? As pharisee, Only Paul had the extensive, intimate knowledge of the priesthood to write Hebrews with such authority. The first edition KJV says ” The epistle of Paul to the Hebrews” who am I to say they are wrong based on my own private interpretation? To doubt or question the credibility of your own Bible is doctrinal suicide in the eyes of a Bible hater, or atheist who would use a first edition KJV , and the same logic presented “what else were they wrong about then?” To gleefully slay you with your own sword. THAT eventuallity is the problem. Its not me. You have no reason not to believe the first edition Kjv, and since it predates your opinion by about 400 years, it stands above your resolution. “Innocent unless PROVEN guilty”, its right, unless you can prove it wrong, not the other way around. It does not have to prove itself, it is accepted as the truth until impeached.
Your remark “the scriptures are silent” or “no one knows” is a fallicy, a false premise. It sounds eerily akin to the atheist resolution “there is no evidence God exists”. You would have to know all things to say that in truth. You are ignoring the obvious. That’s like saying since The Bible never speaks of itself, it does not exist. 54 men say Paul wrote Hebrews. I have no reason to doubt their credibility or integrity.”

For examination and quick reference: Here is a list of the last verses of the books of the New Testament.

Matthew 28:20. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:, and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (words of our Lord Jesus Christ).

Mark 16:20 : “And They went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following, Amen.”

Luke 24:53: “and were continually in the temple, and praising and blessing God, Amen.”

John 21:25. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose the world itself could not contain the books that should be written about him.”

Acts 28:31 “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”

Romans 16:27 “To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

I Corinthians 16:24 “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

II Corinthians 13:14 “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”

Galatians 6:18 “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

Ephesians 6:24 “Grace be with them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

Philippians 4:23 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians 4:18 “The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you all. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:28 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

II Thessalonians 3:18 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

I Timothy 6:21 “We which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”

II Timothy 4:22 “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.”

Titus 3:15 “All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Philemon 1:25 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”

Hebrews 13:25 “Grace be with you all. Amen.”

James 5:20 “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

I Peter 3:22 “Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

II Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

I John 5:21 “little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

II John 1:13 “The children of they elect sister greet thee. Amen.”

III John 1:14 “But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee, Greet the friends by name.”

Jude 1:25 “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Revelation 22:21 “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

Even more evidence is provided from the first edition, 1611 King James version Bible. Three things to look at in Hebrews. “Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews”, “our brother Timothy has been set at liberty” , then Paul’s salutation (see my blog post “Paul’s salutation”). Then at the end, “grace be unto thee, amen” lastly, and a text not found in modern Bibles is a clue “by Timothy”.

The title page says “the epistle of Paul to the Hebrews”(Paul). If one reads further, Hebrews tells us Paul was in Italy when this letter was written.(Paul Speaking here)  Reading further, Hebrews 23;13, Timothy has been set free ( Paul speaking, Timothy writing in the second person), “grace be unto thee. Amen.” (Paul speaking), and at the end “by Timothy” an indication of who wrote the letter. Looking at these clues alone,  It is not hard to conclude that there were two men in the room when Hebrews was written. Paul dictated this epistle to Timothy, who penned it. Paul is the author.

Even more evidence is the P46 Beatty papyrus, some ancient documents  that are much of Paul’s epistles. They date back to 100-200 ad, and what is left of them,  Hebrews is bunched right in there with the rest of them, after Romans. Esubius, an early historian, said Hebrews was part of Paul’s epistles as well.

http://www.fowlerbiblecollection.com/p46-chester-beatty-papyrus.html

 

 

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