The Book of Hebrews: 2:17-18 (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.
As we had ended in verse 16 Jesus brought help and deliverance to the fallen descendants of Abraham only, and not to any angels including those that had fallen. Once Adam/Eve disobeyed and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they fell from their position of authority that God had given them to rule over the earth. They gave their authority to Satan, who is called the prince of the power of the air (Galatians 2:2). We as followers of Christ who may not be natural Jews are included as Abraham’s descendants because we are brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:29) and heirs according to the promise of God to Abraham’s descendants.
Because Jesus lived as a man, but sinless, He is qualified to be our High Priest in all things that pertain to God. As the Old Testament priests would offer blood sacrifices of animals and perform the rituals to have the sins of the people covered, Jesus as our High Priest, offered His blood as the ultimate sacrifice to forgive sins once and for all to those that would receive and believe in Him (Hebrews 7:27; John 3:16).
He also knows us intimately because He has experienced suffering and testing when He lived as a man. Whenever we are experiencing testing and life’s challenges we can be confident that our Lord and Savior, and brother, Jesus Christ is there to help us in all things. Share your feelings with the Lord and seek the promises that you are entitled to as a descendant of Abraham.
Heavenly Father, I ask for Your grace in everything I do today. Give me the patience to understand that Your timing is different than my own but it is perfect for everything You have planned for me. Bless me to be diligent in my actions moving forward and not backward and trusting that things will work out for me. I trust You and I thank You for this glorious day ahead in Jesus name Amen.
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