The Book of Hebrews: 2:10-13 (NLT)
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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.
Jesus, the Son of Man, was fully God and fully man, but He lived His life on earth as a man and set aside His divine power while He was on earth. He was born as a human baby and lived His life as a child, teen, and young adult, but was perfect and sinless. His mother Mary as a virgin had accepted the role to conceive and become the mother of Jesus. The Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of God created Jesus in the womb (Luke 1:26-38). It had to be a supernatural conception so that Jesus would be born without sin. Although He was not born with sin, He faced the typical challenges, temptations, and struggles that all people face so that He could know our feelings, thoughts, and emotions (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus lived His earthly life without sin and later took our punishment on the cross at Calvary. His physical and mental suffering as a perfect man fulfilled God’s requirements to pay the price for man’s redemption. Jesus chose to be obedient and suffer so we could receive the free gift of salvation and live a righteous life through Him. He is the perfecter of our faith and is the author of our salvation when we accept His free gift. When we accept His salvation we become His brothers and sisters, as children of God. We all have the same heavenly Father and can now have a close relationship with Him. It is God’s ultimate love for mankind that He would provide a way for us to experience His goodness, grace, and blessings, through His Son Jesus Christ, who calls us His brothers and sisters.
Heavenly Father, as I step into this new week help me remember that I don’t need to be in a hurry because You are working things out perfectly for my life. Help me to be patient trusting that Your timing for my life is better than my own because You can see what I can’t. I trust You Lord and I thank You for what You are going to do this week to call me higher into the things You want for my life and remove me from the things that no longer serve my life and I thank You in Jesus name amen.
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