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the writer of Hebrews 13:17 did not use peitharcheo because to do so would introduce a redundancy. The writer astutely utilises peitho (present passive imperatitve) as a call to be convinced by "your leaders" (articular present middle participle), literally "the ones leading, guiding" you (plural of the personal pronoun). If the writer had used peitharcheo (used 4x in the NT) meaning "to obey an authority/power" it would become a redundancy by saying "submit to/obey authority the ones leading you etc". Given that the four occurrences of peitharcheo are used the of believer's obedience to authorities (Titus 3:1), to God (Acts 5:29, 32) and once of Paul noting that they did not follow his authority/advice (Acts 27:21) it would not suit the writer of Hebrew's purpose in Hebrews 13:17. So it does not follow that because peitharcheo was not used the verse is not calling believers to be convinced by their leaders.
Redundancy? Ridiculous. It does follow that in christian matters, there is no peitharcheo gentile ruling authority to submit to except to Jesus'/G-d's peitharcheo perfect authority. It would not have been a redundancy, because christians are to submit one unto another. The writer of Hebrews did not use peitharcheo because in christian circles it is NOT a gentile top down obedience to anyone in peitharcheo "ruling authority", except the perfect peitharcheo serving authority of Jesus.
"to persuade, to win over," in the Passive and Middle Voices, "to be persuaded, to listen to, to obey," is so used with this meaning, in the Middle Voice, e.g., in Acts 5:36-37 (in Acts 5:40, Passive Voice, "they agreed"); Rom. 2:8; Gal. 5:7; Heb. 13:17; Jas. 3:3. The "obedience" suggested is not by submission to authority, but resulting from persuasion.
"to obey one in authority" (No. 2, and arche, "rule
"), is translated "obey" in Acts 5:29,32; "to be obedient," Titus 3:1, RV (AV, "to obey magistrates"); in Acts 27:21, "hearkened." See HEARKEN
Acts 5:29 " Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey ( Peitharchein present infinitive active) God rather than men
Acts 5:32 "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey
( peitharchousin present participle active dative masculine plural ) him
In Acts 27:21 It relates specifically to Paul's perception of the danger of the ship sinking in Acts 27:10And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives" Paul was not speaking of christian message and that message not given to Paul by the Holy Spirit.
Paul just perceived that the ship was probably going to sink. It did. The authority was of the reality that Paul was right. The ship sank. Paul was right. They should have listened to him. But it was peitharcheo, not peithesthe as used in Hebrews 13:17.
But even in G-d's perfect peitharcheo it is still a leading of the Holy Spirit. In Hebrews 13:17 Who were those in the lead guiding anyhow? Would you consider Jesus and the Holy Spirit a perfect leading guidance or just "sitting on the bench"?
Romans 8:14 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God
, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [biblos.com
There is no peitharcheo leading by other christians in Romans 8:14. The perfect leading is by the Holy Spirit.
Galations 5:18 18But if ye be led of the Spirit
, ye are not under the law. [interlinearbible.org
Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:1.
1 John 2:27 "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/15/2011 02:27AM by Truthtesty.