Happy February and what better way to kick off this new month than with a new book of the bible to study! We are starting the book of Hebrews! feel free to invite friends and family who might find this helpful as well this year with the invite link here: Invitation Link
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The Book of Hebrews (NLT): This Book argues for the superiority of Jesus Christ over the Jewish law and traditions, showing that He is the ultimate high priest and the perfect sacrifice for sin. The author emphasizes the need for perseverance in faith, warning against falling away from the truth and encouraging the readers to hold fast to their faith in Christ. The Book of Hebrews is located in the New Testament containing 13 chapters and a total of 303 verses.
Author: Attributed to the apostle Paul, but its true author is anonymous.
Theme: The superiority of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God and the fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophecies. The new covenant that Jesus brought is superior to the old covenant under the law and faith is superior.
Timeline: Believed to have been written between AD 60 and AD 70 before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Structure: A New Testament letter written to Jewish Christians.
Recipients: Jewish Christians.
Importance: The book of Hebrews is considered authoritative scripture and provides important teachings on the person and work of Jesus Christ, as well as the superiority of faith and the new covenant over the old covenant. It is also considered profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, as stated in 2nd Timothy 4:16.
The prophets were men who were not perfect but had faults and weaknesses at times like all humans, but God used the prophets to communicate and show His power to His people, the Israelites. He spoke through them in various ways (dreams, visions, audible voice, angels, theophany, men, etc.) under the old covenant/testament prior to Jesus's coming and fulfilling all of the law. The prophets spoke of a coming Messiah who would be the ultimate sacrifice to replace the traditional animal sacrifices and be offered once and for all not only for the Jews but for all mankind.
Jesus came into the world as a man but was perfect, sinless, and fulfilled everything according to the law and fulfilled all of the prophesies written by the prophets of old. Even though He was born a man, He was the Word, He was God, He was Creator, and the express image of God who sent Him to show His love and mercy for mankind. Jesus died on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice to purge away the sins of all men and women and redeem them back into relationship with the Father, if they so choose.
Just as Adam and Eve were created perfect, they had free will and chose to disobey God and introduce sin and death to all mankind. Through their disobedience, they lost their authority over the world and gave it to Satan. Jesus had free will as well and chose to be obedient to His Father in heaven even unto death and redeemed us back and gave us back the authority that man had before the fall (disobeying God’s command, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil - Genesis 2:17).
When Jesus fulfilled His mission on earth to die for mankind, rise from the dead, and be taken up into heaven, He now sits in His divine heavenly position and continues to uphold all things by the Word of His power. He is all-powerful having created angels and all that is in existence today.
Heavenly Father, I am grateful that You have created me with intention and for Your magnificent plan. Guide me this year as I seek to uncover the specific calling You have for my life. May I honor You in all that I do, and may I make a difference in the lives of others every day, all for Your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
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