A Study In Hebrews

The Third Warning: Faith & The Word

Hebrews 4:1-3 — “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.” Drawing on Israel’s failure after the Exodus to enter into the Promised Land, the author of Hebrews urges Christians not to do the same – not to…

Partakers Of Christ

Hebrews 3:14 — “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;” What does the writer to the Hebrews mean when he talks about Christians being “partakers of Christ?” Does this have to do with our salvation in Christ, or does it refer to our ongoing…

How To Be An Encouraging Christian

Hebrews 3:13 — “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” What does it mean to “exhort one another?” How should we understand this command and how can we put it into practice? In answering these questions, our attention is first…

An Evil Heart Of Unbelief

Hebrews 3:12 — “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” In Hebrews chapter 3 we are introduced to the concept of “rest.” The author writes about it by referring to the experience of the Children of Israel in the wilderness. What…

The Spirit Speaks

Hebrews 3:7-8 — “Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…” The writer to the Hebrews wanted to impress upon his readers the vital truth that through the Scriptures God the Holy Spirit speaks. If they were to continue in the faith and grow to maturity,…

In The House Of Christ

Hebrews 3:3-6 — “Moses was faithful in all his house…but Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…” In this text, the author of Hebrews reminds his readers that Moses was a faithful servant in God’s house. Moses’ faithfulness is contrasted later in the chapter with Israel’s unbelief and rebellion. But as…

The Faithfulness Of Christ

Hebrews 3:1-2 — “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; who was faithful to him that appointed him…” In this text Jesus is referred to for the first and only time as an “apostle.” We are familiar with the Twelve Apostles, so what  does this title mean when applied to Christ? And…

Christ Our High Priest

Hebrews 3:1 — “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” As we continue our verse-by-verse study through the Book of Hebrews we come to this text which, (1) reminds us of who we are, (2) reminds us of our calling, and (3) exhorts us…

Christ Our High Priest & Helper

Hebrews 2:16-18 — “Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest…” In these verses we are reminded of the true humanity of Jesus Christ – He was physical descendant of Abraham. We’re also introduced to His High Priestly ministry…

The Purpose Of The Incarnation

Hebrews 2:14-15 — “He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death…” As we continue our verse-by-verse study through the Book of Hebrews, we think about what the writer means when he says that Jesus “partook of flesh and blood.”  We also think…