The Book of Hebrews
The Book of Hebrews
This is a brief summary of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Bible.
God spoke through the prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Now He has spoken to us through His Son, the creator and heir of all things. Jesus Christ is the express image of God and the brightness of His Glory. Christ is our great and faithful High Priest.
Beware, brothers and sisters, of any among you with an evil heart who does not believe in the living God, lest your heart be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
The Holy Scriptures are alive and powerful. The Creator can read the intentions of the hearts and minds of all His creatures. All things are naked and open to Him—to whom we must one day explain our conduct. Hold fast to your belief in Jesus the Son of God. He can sympathize with our weaknesses because He became a man who was tempted as we are but yet without sin. Come boldly to the throne of divine love to obtain forgiveness.
Who Is Jesus
Christ came in the flesh but did not glorify Himself. He prayed humbly and earnestly to His father. Jesus became the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.
We cannot be saved by our good deeds. Salvation requires repentance and faith toward God.
Jesus has made us certain that there is now a New Testament—and New Covenant (a binding promise from God that we will live forever after death if we follow the teachings of the New Testament).
Jesus will intercede for us before God the Father as our holy and undefiled High Priest. He has the power to save us from destruction. He is our Mediator in the New Covenant taught in this New Testament.
Draw Near to God
Christ, being without blemish, offers his blood (through the Holy Spirit) to clean your conscience to serve the Living God. Those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance, after death and judgment. Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. He shall come again at the end of this age to judge the quick and the dead.
We have been set apart for the purposes of God through the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit witnesses to us, so we may draw near to God with a true heart, fully confident in our faith. Hold fast to your hope and belief without wavering, for God is faithful regarding His promises.
God Disciplines Those He Loves - As All Good Fathers Do
In the Old Testament are the stories of many remarkable men of faith, such as Noah, Abraham and Moses. Now we, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, lay aside the weight of sin, which so easily ensnares us. Let us with endurance run the race set before us, looking to Jesus, who endured the cross for us.
God may inflict Christians with suffering for the purposes of our moral improvement. What child is not disciplined by its Father? We respect human fathers who correct us as it seems best to them. Let us be in submission to God our Father even more so if He disciplines us, that we may partake in His holiness.
Now, being disciplined is no joy at the time—it's painful. But afterward, the training of God yields perfect peace; and the quality of being virtuous and morally upright.
Faith is the Key
Christians are to assemble together to stir up love and good works in one another. We are to urge each other to remain true, for if we fall into rebellion our salvation is no longer sure. This would be to trample the Son of God underfoot and insult the Holy Spirit. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Christians have an enduring treasure waiting for them in heaven. Our faith is the substance of things hoped for. By faith we understand that the Universe was created by our Creator—that all we see was made by what we don't see. It is impossible to ever please God without faith. Obviously, to find favor with God one must believe that He Is—and believe that He will reward those who are constantly, persistently making an effort to know Him.
How Then Shall We Live?
If we turn away from Him who speaks from Heaven, we shall not escape. Let us have grace and serve God acceptably with reverence and awe.
Love your Brothers and Sisters in the Faith. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have—without knowing it—entertained angels. Remember those in prison.
Treat marriage as honorable. Those who have sex outside of marriage or commit adultery will be judged by God. Do not desire what others have—be content with what you have.
Hold Fast to the Gospel
Do not fall for strange, exotic new doctrines.
By Jesus Name, let us continually offer praise to God—the fruit of our lips. Do good and share what you have with those in need, for God is well please with such sacrifices.
Pray for each other. May the God of peace who raised our Lord Jesus from the dead, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will; working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.