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In Hebrews, He's the Everlasting Covenant
A Word of Encouragement
The book of Hebrews is affectionately known as a book that contains "words of encouragement" or "words of exhortation".
To give exhortation means to make an utterance, discourse, or address which conveys urgent advice or recommendations.
To give encouragement means to to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence.
In light of the basic definition for these two words (exhortation and encouragement), we find that Hebrews gives relevant life advice that lifts up and edifies the reader (then and now), as well as the Church of God (not the denomination) for then and now. In the book of Hebrews, we have the doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ, as well as many inspiring details in His role as Mediator between God, the Creator, and humanity, part of His creation.
Some of the titles we find in Hebrews used for Jesus Christ include; but, are not limited to: Pioneer, Forerunner, Son, Son of God, Priest, and High Priest.
Jesus, the Messiah
As the coming of the Messiah was something prophesied far and wide throughout the ages, before the fulfillment of the promise, the people thought the Messiah would come as a militant King who would destroy the enemies of His people.
As a Baby, Joseph, his earthly father, escaped to Egypt with Jesus and Jesus' mother, Mary. There they lived as a fugitive because King Herod wanted Him dead; there could be no king of the Jews but King Herod, or so thought King Herod. As a Man, Jesus entered His ministry on Earth, preparing the way for the Kingdom of God; His own brothers, other sons of Joseph and Mary, thought Him a lunatic. Later, His disciples would flee when Jesus was arrested by the Jewish leaders, and He suffered and died by Roman crucifixion.
The book of Hebrews solves for us the problem of a Savior who was murdered and buried; but, rose again. Though He ascended back to the glory of the Father in Heaven, He now sits at the right hand of Father God, having fulfilled His role as the perfect sacrificial offering unto God for the atonement of the sins of the world...not just this sin or that sin, but ALL the sins of the world.
Jesus Christ will come again in His role as King of kings. The book of Hebrews gives encouragement as we have patience to persevere under the persecution we, too, will face until that time when we, too, are resurrection into a perfection of holiness and righteousness as only the blood of the Lamb can provide.
This is the New Covenant, the blood of Jesus Christ, the ultimate sacrifice, and it was the fulfillment of the Old Covenant provided for in the sacrificing of the perfect lambs. Jesus' sacrifice is the New Covenant because His sacrifice was perfect and ultimate. Hebrews 10:1-18.
Hebrews Hall of Faith
Hebrews 12:2--"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Faith. Faith is a very basic foundation on which believe all that God reveals to us and all that is in His Word. We believe in Him as our Creator and as our Father. We believe in His Son, Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. We believe in Jesus as the Lord of all lords, and in our belief we walk the walk of faith the same as we talk the talk of faith. Hebrews 11:1--"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
Hebrews, chapter 11 then lists out all manner of men and women who endured life in this physical temporal realm, and, because of their faith, are remembered as heroes of faith
Abel, whose offerings were acceptable unto God because of the heart nature of Abel when he sacrificed such offerings. (verse 4)
Enoch, who, in his righteousness, never saw a physical death. (verse 5)
Noah built an ark, in the middle of the desert, when there had been no sign of rain; but, God told him to build a boat in preparation for a great flood soon to come. Noah didn't question God; but, obeyed God fully...in faith. (verse 7)
Abraham an Sarah, who at 100 years old and 90 years old (respectively) birthed into the world their son, Isaac, who would later birth into the world the father of the nation of Israel. (verses 8-20)
Jacob who because father to 12 sons, who in turn became the 12 twelves tribes of a whole nation. (verse 21)
Joseph, who was ripped from his father at a young age and sold into slavery, rose to such prominence that the only man on Earth he had to bow to was the Pharaoh. His life was lived in faith that all that he suffered would be used for good as God had promised. (verse 22)
When Moses was just a wee lad, his mother hid him in a basket that was set to the waves of the Nile. His mother's faith in the promises that God had given her people gave her heart peace in setting her young son into a realm of unknowns. (verse 23)
Moses himself was raised in the splendor of Egyptian royalty; but, upon realizing the truth of his identity, left such splendor because of his faith in God and the promises that God gave. (verse 24-29)
Joshua, because of his faith in knowing that every battle belongs to God, led the people around the walls of Jericho, which came down in victory for the people to give glory to God. (verse 30)
Rahab believed the promise of the Israelite spies, placing faith in God for her future. (verse 31)
And so many, many others throughout the ages of the history of the world. What's more, you and I, walking and talking and living in our faith can also be counted among the heroes of faith.
Genesis 14:18-20--"Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of Heaven and Earth. And blessed e God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.' Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything."
Many theories and tales have spoken of Melchizedek, and he is spoken of again in Psalms, chapter 110 and in Hebrews, chapter seven. In Genesis 14:18-20, we can be assured that Melchizedek was a real person, who ruled in Salem, which, [with or without coincidence] was Jerusalem. Melchizedek had preserved among his family and his subjects a worshipful adoration of God, Master of the universe and Ruler of the nations. As he was a king who led his people in worship of God, he was also known as being a priest unto the people under the headship of God.
In Christianity, Jesus has been presented as "a Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek". Psalms 110:4--"The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: 'You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.'" And, again, in Hebrews 7:16-17--"One who has become a Priest not on the basis of a regulation as to His ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: 'You are a Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.'" By these very words, Jesus has taken on the role of High Priest, once for all. Hebrews 10:10--"And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Jesus is the Eternal Priesthood.
The author of the book of James conveys practical advice for dealing with Christian ethics. In a world that has declined spiritually, Christian ethics come into play in more than just words. Christian ethics lend themselves to a lifestyle portrayed in the saints and warriors of the living God.