HEBREWS TOTAL CHAPTERS: 13
HEBREWS TOTAL VERSES: 303
TOTAL WORDS: 6,913
DATE WRITTEN: 64 – 68 AD
AUTHOR: Uncertain/ May be Paul
The Superiority of Christ. A Better Covenant. Holiness is to be pursued in the Community of Faith.
BOOK OF HEBREWS KEY VERSES:
1:1-2: God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son
2:3: How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation
4:14-16: Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need
12:1-2: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of God
The book of Hebrews authorship is not certain. There is nothing in the letter to tell us who wrote it nor is there a strong tradition to associate an author with the book. Some think that Paul wrote it but the style and vocabulary are very different from Paul’s other letters. The Greek is much more refined than what we normally see from Paul. However, if it was written by someone else than that person must be acquainted deeply with Paul’s teaching. The Epistle depicts Jesus, who offered the supreme sacrifice for the sins of the world, as the great High Priest of the line of Melchizedek a priest who blessed Abraham in early Jewish history and though not from Levis but honored by God. Its primary message meant to demonstrate that Jesus Christ was the accomplishment of all Old Testament prophecy and symbol. With Christ as the fulfillment, there is no longer a need to offer the animal and other sacrifices required under the Mosaic Law. Jesus is the High Priest and intercessor of all believers in all ages.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1. Angelic Conflict: Christ is Better superior to the Angels. God speaks by means of his Son. The Son above the angels, both in person and office.
Chapter#2. Angelic Conflict: Jesus made Lower than the Angels. Christ was made to be human like His brothers. Christ became One Of Us To Help Us. He vouchsafed to take our nature upon him as it was necessary.
Chapter#3. Christ is Better than Moses and has more honor than Moses. He is the Son over God’s house. Thus if we believe not in him, we shall be more deserving of exemplary punishment than Israel.
Chapter#4. The Faith-Rest Technique. Jesus will provide an eternal Sabbath rest.
Chapter#5. Christ Our High Priest. Jesus is the Great High Priest. Responsible for everlasting salvation.
Chapter#6. On to Maturity. Christ is recrucified by those who fall from the faith. The Reliability Of God’s Promise. God’s promise and oath unchangeable.
Chapter#7. Melchizedek vs. Aaronic Priesthood. Christ is a priest in the order of Melchizedek. The Superiority Of Jesus To Melchizedek.
Chapter#8. New Covenant vs. Mosaic Covenant. Christ is the High Priest of a new covenant.
Chapter#9. The Blood of Christ. Christ took His own blood to the Most Holy Place. Christ’s Death Takes Away Sins.
Chapter#10. In the Holiest. Persevere in the faith you previously had. Animal sacrifices are ineffectual. An appeal to hold fast the faith with patience and thanksgiving. Christ’s sacrifice once for all time.
Chapter#11. The Meaning and examples of Faith. Adequate faith was shown by Old Testament heroes. Impossible to please God without faith
Chapter#12. Chastisement Chapter. God disciplines His sons in love. Jesus, Perfecter of our faith. A Serious Warning Against Refusing God
Chapter#13. Bearing His Reproach. Respect your leaders and stick to the genuine true teaching. Do not forget hospitality, lead an honest life, give alms, obey your governors, sacrifice and pray for apostles.