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Breakdown – The Letter of Hebrews

This ‘Breakdown’ consists mainly of two parts:

  • Part 1 Doctrinal
  • Part 2 Practical
Part One – The Doctrinal Section:

[Heb. 1:1-4] – Introduction – The Father, A God who speaks/

  • a) – Genesis – 22:7
  • b) – Moses – Deuteronomy 28:18
  • c) – Aaron – Exodus 7:1
  • d) – Elijah – 1 Kings 28:22

With the advent of the Birth of Jesus (The Son of God) into the world a new era has begun…. Superseding the old order of The Law. The universe, since creation has always belonged to The Son of God, for it was through His agency, along with the Father and Spirit that all forms of created existence came into being. At the end of this age cf. [Heb. 9:26] (1 Peter 1:20; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 10:1; Colossians 1:16; John 1:3.

Note: verse 3

He is the reflection of God’s glory, and the exact representation of God’s being.

The present tense used here (He is…) and the following statement of fact {which is not explained by the writer} denotes both His eternal nature and the radiance of ‘His Glory’. The very glory of God is his divine nature manifested to men (John 1:14). In the Old Testament this comprises of radiance, righteousness, and power. The New Testament tends to reveal this as an eschatological understanding since that full glory will not be revealed until the last day. The Son does not simply resemble certain aspects of the father, He is the exact representation of The Fathers essence.

Ie., that which is God which makes God be God. Therefore, Christ Jesus, can only represent the ‘Father’ because ‘He’ is ‘Divine’.

[Heb. 1:5-2:18] – The name ‘Christ Jesus’ is superior to the Angels.

Christ’s exultation to the highest honour was not a new ‘New’, position within the Godhead. It did not involve a new status, but the return to ‘His Rightful Position’ (Philippians 2:6-11) from the beginning of creation.

  • i – [Heb. 1:5-14] – We see the supremacy of The Son to the Angels.
  • ii – [Heb. 2:1-4] – We have a warning about neglecting ‘So great a salvation’.
  • iii – [Heb. 2:5-9] – We see Him ‘Subjecting all things’ cf [Heb. 2:7].
  • iv – [Heb. 2:10-18] – We see ‘merciful and faithful high priest’.
  • v – [Heb. 3:1-4-13] – We see a Faithful Jesus
  • vi – [Heb. 3:1-6] – We see that His is ‘Worthy of more glory than Moses’.
  • vii – [Heb. 3:7-19] – We see ‘The rebellion in the wilderness’.
  • vii – [Heb. 4:1-13] – We are called to ‘Strive to enter into that rest’.
  • viii – [Heb. 4:14-5:10] – We see ‘Christ Jesus’ the compassionate high priest – A great high priest,
[Heb. 5:11-6:20] – Christ Jesus: The High Priest.
  • A: [Heb. 5:11-6:3] – A warning against ‘Apostacy’ Food for the mature.
  • B: [Heb. 6:4-12] – We are called to ‘Go on to maturity’.
  • C: [Heb. 6:13-20] – We are told of the ‘The surety of God’s oath’.
[Heb. 7:1-28] – According to the order of Melchizedek.
  • 1: [Heb. 7:1-10] – Melchizedek and Abraham.
  • 2: [Heb. 7:11-19] – Christ Jesus a priest in the likeness of Melchizedek,
  • 3: [Heb. 7:20-28] – A priest forever.
8:1-9:28 – Christ Jesus perfected.
  • i [Heb. 8:1-6] – Christ Jesus the High Priest.
  • ii [Heb. 8:7-13] – The New Covenant.
  • iii [Heb. 9:1-10] – The ritual of the first covenant.
  • iv [Heb. 9:11-14] – The ritual of the New Covenant.
  • v [Heb. 9:15-22] – The death of the mediator.
  • vi [Heb. 9:23-28] – The sacrifice of the New Covenant.

[Heb. 10:1-18] – Christ Jesus the source of eternal salvation – Once for all sacrifice,