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The Deity and Superiority of Christ
The book of Hebrews unfolds the gospel in at least 5 strategies: it shows the connection in between Christ’s particular person and his function, shows his superiority to Old Testament persons and institutions, underscores humanity’s have to have for redemption, warns of apostasy, and exhorts professed believers to persevere.
1st, Hebrews remarkably combines the particular person and function of Christ. Chapter 1 teaches the deity of Christ as powerfully as any location in Scripture. Chapter two highlights Christ’s humanity. Chapters 7–9 constitute the most substantial teaching on Christ’s priesthood and atoning sacrifice. What is the point? The particular person of Christ as God and man constitutes the basis for his saving function. His identity undergirds his performing the exclusive saving deeds of dying for sinners and increasing from the dead. Due to the fact he is God, he is capable to save us, for only God can save. Due to the fact he became a man of flesh and blood, he is capable to save us, for a single of our human race died in our location and overcame death and the Devil in his resurrection.
We are needy sinners in have to have of a gracious and mighty Savior.
Second, Hebrews shows Christ’s superiority to Old Testament persons and institutions. He is the good and final Prophet, far surpassing Old Testament mediators of revelation—prophets and angels (Heb. 1). Hence, the gospel that he brought is even extra vital than the law that was provided to Moses via angels (Heb. two:1–4 Acts 7:53 Gal. three:19). He is superior to Moses, Aaron, and all Israel’s subsequent higher priests (Heb. three:six Heb. five 7). This is mainly because Jesus is a priest according to the order of Melchizedek who, as opposed to the sons of Aaron, lives forever and therefore has a perpetual priesthood. He is the Good Higher Priest who presents himself as the final providing, bringing the finish to sacrifice and saving to the uttermost these who come to God via him (Heb. 9–10).
Have to have for Christ
Third, Hebrews underscores humanity’s have to have for redemption. As young children of Adam we are fallen, and we do not workout right dominion more than creation (Heb. two:eight). We are held in bondage by the worry of death and by him who had the energy of death, the Devil (Heb. two:14–15). Left to ourselves, like Israel of old, our hearts are unbelieving and rebellious (Heb. 3–4). We are unclean and have to have Christ’s purifying blood, his violent death, to be cleansed to serve the living God (Heb. 9:14, 23 10:22). Even as believers we are prone to wander from our 1st like and therefore we have to have God’s warnings, exhortations, and grace to persevere. In a word, we are needy sinners in have to have of a gracious and mighty Savior. And that is just what God has offered in his incarnate Son, Jesus Christ.
Fourth, as strongly as any location in the Bible, Hebrews warns of the danger of apostasy—in 5 passages: Hebrews two:1–4 three:7–4:13 five:11–6:12 10:19–39 and 12:1–29. Plainly, the original readers of Hebrews have been in danger of turning from the faith they had formerly professed. On the other hand, Hebrews also asserts that God not only saves his individuals from their sins but also keeps them saved to the finish (Heb. six:13–20 7:23–25). And a single of the suggests that God employs to retain us is to warn of the folly of deserting him who saves us freely by his grace. There is nowhere else to turn.
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Fifth, Hebrews exhorts professed believers to persevere (Heb. two:1 four:14 six:1–3 10:23, 36 12:1–2). It is correct that God saves us after and for all. But that salvation is not static but dynamic. It is as dynamic as the living partnership in between God and his individuals (produced formal in the new covenant Heb. eight). The covenant is God’s pledge to be God to us and to make us his personal. Due to the fact he loves us, he not only assures us of his like with each guarantee and oath but also exhorts us to retain on living obediently in the faith, to retain on gathering with other believers for worship, and not to harden our hearts against him in rebellion.
Although Hebrews clearly tends to make its personal exclusive contribution, it joins other New Testament books in exulting in the very same incredible grace in Jesus that types the Bible’s major message. The message of Hebrews is, at its core, the gospel: the great news of redemption for struggling sinners.
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