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Hebrews 12:23-25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

23 And as members of the church[a] of the Firstborn[b] all our names have been legally registered[c] as citizens of heaven! And we have come before God who judges all, and who lives among the spirits of the righteous who have been made perfect in his eyes![d]

24 And we have come to Jesus who established a new covenant with his blood sprinkled upon the mercy seat; blood that continues to speak from heaven, “forgiveness,” a better message than Abel’s blood that cries from the earth, “justice.”[e]

25 Make very sure that you never refuse to listen to God when he speaks![f] For the God who spoke on earth from Sinai is the same God who now speaks from heaven. Those who heard him[g] speak his living Word on earth found nowhere to hide, so what chance is there for us to escape if we turn our backs on God and refuse to hear his warnings as he speaks from heaven?


  1. Hebrews 12:23 This is the Greek word ekklēsia, which is commonly used for church. However, ekklēsia means more than a church meeting, for it signified in Greek culture the governing assembly which had the authority to make decisions for the entire city. See Matt. 16:18.
  2. Hebrews 12:23 This is Jesus who is God’s uniquely Firstborn (Heb. 1:6). In Christ we are all the first-born and have all the rights and blessings that Jesus has.
  3. Hebrews 12:23 Or “whose names are written in heaven.” There are many books in heaven. See Ex. 32:32; Pss. 69:28; 87:6; Dan. 12:1; Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27.
  4. Hebrews 12:23 The Aramaic can be translated “and to the Spirit who has perfected the righteous ones.”
  5. Hebrews 12:24 See Gen. 4:10.
  6. Hebrews 12:25 Or “don’t turn your back on the speaker.”
  7. Hebrews 12:25 The Greek is somewhat ambiguous with the possibility that it is Moses or even Christ who is speaking. The context seems to imply however that it is God himself who speaks both from Sinai and from heaven.
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