7753 - Hebrews - Introduction

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Today we open our Bibles to the book of Hebrews as we begin a study of this important book in God’s plan for redemption and reconciliation of His human creatures back to Himself after our relationship was broken by the sin of Adam.

Hebrews points us to the truth that the Old Testament account reveals the Law as a preview type of sacrifice, which became the reality in Christ Jesus on the cross.

Hebrews binds together the Old Testament and the New Testament in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The emphasis is upon the superiority of Jesus Christ over all competing options.

The deity and humanity of Jesus are amply authenticated.

No other Biblical work so clearly answers the reasons for the sacrifice of Christ, and reveals the extensive blessings derived through His sacrifice.

This book is crimson with the precious blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the fulfillment of the required Levitical sacrifices according to God’s plan and schedule, throughout the ages. Furthermore, Christ is fully established as the High Priest for all believers.

There is a clear emphasis upon the privilege of the believer in relationship to Jesus Christ, and a strong challenge upon the believer to mature to a vigorous faith.

The inferred conclusion of Hebrews is that Christ Jesus meets the spiritual needs of all people, of every tongue, and of every nation.

In form of construction, in style, in argument, and in relation to other books of the Bible, Hebrews stands apart.

Those who study the book of Hebrews are blessed with a new and deeper appreciation of the awesome Savior from sin – the Lord Jesus Christ.

The author of the book of Hebrews is one of those concealed facts reserved in Heaven for later revelation to mankind. Speculation regarding the author has been extensive but no agreement has been reached nor evidence been produced.

The date when Hebrews was written has endured extensive debate. Most scholars believe internal evidence shows it was written after the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the early 30’s AD. They point to the truth that Jesus is shown to be seated in His exalted position on the throne at the right hand of God. Like reasoning also points out that Hebrews must have been written before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD, since at the time Hebrews was written, sacrifices were still being offered in the Temple in Jerusalem. The late 60’s seems plausible.

The intent of the book is to validate the fact that Jesus Christ is the mediator and fulfillment of God’s eternal covenant for the redemption of sinful mankind. The composer reveals the entire Old Testament as a continuous exposition, which reveals the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Judaizers were putting great pressure upon those in the newly established body called the Church, to turn back to their traditional Jewish culture. The message of Hebrews would give good reasons to persevere and remain faithful to Jesus Christ.

Hebrews exhibits a series of contrasts between those things that the false teachers were emphasizing as good things of Judaism, and which the New Covenant declares to be better things in Christ. In the first eight chapters the writer shows that the New Covenant, the Age of Grace, the Church Age, is better than the former; because the Son, the Messiah, the Founder of the New Covenant is better than the prophets, angels, Moses and the priesthood.

The ruling proposition is that the New Covenant through the blood of Jesus is superior to and supplants the Old Covenant of Law requiring animal blood. It is shown that the New Covenant is the reality of which the Old Covenant was the type.

In the next few weeks we will study the unfolding of this truth.