The author of this unique New Testament letter is not identified. It is thought he wrote to Christian Jews a few years before the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70. The Book of Hebrews carefully compares Old and New Testament faiths. It shows how Christianity grew out of and fulfilled Judaism, by relating Jesus to key Old Testament institutions. On each point, Jesus is shown to be superior: He brings a better revelation, serves as a better High Priest, institutes a better Covenant, and offers a better sacrifice than the old system could provide. The Book of Hebrews helps us understand the foundations of Old Testament faith, but most importantly helps us to appreciate the work of Jesus Christ. Its warnings encourage full commitment to Him, and the vivid image of Jesus as our ever-living High Priest, who understands our weaknesses, encourages us to come boldly to God’s throne for grace to help us in our times of need.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|II.||A Superior Nature||Heb. 1:5–2:18|
|III.||A Superior Revelation||Heb. 3:1–4:13|
|IV.||A Superior Priesthood||Heb. 4:14–7:28|
|V.||A Superior Covenant||Heb. 8–9|
|VI.||A Superior Sacrifice||Heb. 10|
|VII.||Response to Jesus||Heb. 11:1–13:19|