Friday, December 11, 2009

Hebrews: Background, Theme, & Outline

Background:

The book was apparently written to Jewish believers (3:1, 12, 14; 6:9) who were tempted to drop faith in (the invisible) Christ and return to the (visible) OT system of worship.

Contents:

The entire book labors to prove Christ better than the OT system of worship. To this end, Hebrews presents Him as a superior prophet (1:1 - 14), priest (4:14 - 10:22), and prize (10:23 - 13:25). Since He is a better prophet, we should heed His word. Since He is a better priest, we should approach God through Him alone. Since He is a better prize, we should prefer Him to those things which can be shaken, and endure for Him. The strong emphasis on holding "fast our confession of faith" (3:6, 14; 4:14; 10:23) exhorts any believer who becomes tempted to place their faith in that which can be seen or "shaken" (11:26-29), rather than Christ.

Theme: Hold Faith In Christ

Outline:

1) Reasons
A) Because He's the best Prophet (1:1 - 4:13)
B) Because He's the best Priest (4:14 - 10:22)
C) Because He's the best Prize (10:23 - 13:25)

2) Ways
A) By heeding His word (1:1 - 4:13)
B) By approaching God (4:14 - 10:22)
C) By enduring discipline (10:23-29)
D) By loving the brethren (13:1-25)

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