(The Superior Christ)
The Letter of Hebrews employees a two types of ‘Eschatology’ to achieve its purpose. – (Realised and Future). The Writer brings to the reader, key facts relating to the full effect of the salvific work of Christ our high priest. and argues that Christ Jesus having been himself perfected through suffering.
- [Heb. 5:9] – He is the ‘Author of eternal salvation’ for others
- [Heb. 2:10] – Who are brought to glory along with him as the ‘Captain’ of salvation
- [Heb. 4:14] – The writer identifies that Christ Jesus ‘passed’ through the heavens’
- [Heb. 6:20] – Therefore, entering into the heavenly sanctuary as a ‘forerunner’
- [Heb. 1:13; 7:26; 8:1; 12:2] – Who now in exultation
- [Heb. 9:15] – Has made it possible for others to receive an eternal inheritance
The book (codex) [epistle / letter] of Hebrews shows us that Christ Jesus is superior… To:
- [Heb. 1:1-3] – The prophets
- [Heb. 1:4-2:18] – The Angels
- [Heb. 3:1-4:13 – Moses
- [Heb. 4:14-10:18] – Aaron
[Heb.10:19-12:29] – The writer Clarifies that Christ Jesus is superior in a new and living way .
[Heb. 13:1-25] – The book then concludes with exhortations, requests, greetings .
Therefore – In the light of these facts:
- [Heb. 6:4-5] – we have already ‘tasted’ the ‘heavenly’ gift, the ‘goodness of the word of God’ and ‘powers of the age to come’
- [Heb. 6:11] – and have still to realise the full assurance of hope to the very end.
- [Heb. 9:28] – We must await the day when Christ Jesus will return to take us unto himself
- [Heb. 10:14] – We have already been sanctified by Chris Jesus’ ‘once for all’ self offering
- [Heb. 10:13] – We live in an interim period where not all of Christ’s enemies have been put under his feet
- [Heb. 3:6; 4:14; 10:19-22;] – Therefore the writer exhorts his readers to hold fast to their confession
- [Heb. 4:16; 10:19-22;] – We have to approach God with confidence
- [Heb. 6:4-8; 10:26-31; 12:14-17; 12:25-28] – We have to avoid sin that will result in judgement
Better – a chain of the writers thought throughout the letter.
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Revelation [Heb. 1:1-4].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Hope [Heb. 7:19].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Priesthood [Heb. 7:20-28].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Covenant [Heb. 8:6].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Promises [Heb. 8:6].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Sacrifice [Heb. 9:23].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Possession [Heb. 10:34].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Country [Heb. 11:16].
- We see that Christ Jesus is a … Better… Resurrection [Heb. 11:35].
The writer then explains that ‘He Sat down’ – referring to the finished work of Christ Jesus [Heb. 1:3; 10:12; 12:2].
- We are partakers of His Heavenly – calling [Heb. 3:1].
- We have a great priest [Heb. 4:14].
- We have tasted the heavenly gift [Heb. 6:4].
- We have a better and enduring substance(possession)[Heb. 10:34].
- We have a prepared Country and City [Heb. 11:16].
- We have come unto mount Sion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem [Heb. 12:22].
- We are called not to Fear [Heb. 4:1].
- We are called to labour [Heb. 4:11].
- We are commanded to come boldly to the throne of grace [Heb. 4:16].
- We are commanded to go on to perfection [Heb. 6:2].
- We are called to draw near [Heb. 10:22].
- We are called to hold fast [Heb. 10:23].
- We are called consider one another [Heb. 10:24].
- We are called to lay aside every weight and run with patience [Heb. 12:1].
- We are called to have grace [Heb. 12:28].
- We are called to go forth [Heb. 13:13].
- We are commanded to offer the sacrifice of praise continually. [Heb. 13:15].
- We see the superiority of the new dispensation [Heb. 7:19; 8:6; 9:23; 11:40; 12:22; 12:27].