(, Faith and its many outstanding examples (, Encouragement to Persevere in the Face of The theme of Hebrews is the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ the two Greek words for "better" and "superior" occur 15 times in the letter. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels winds, And his ministers a flame a fire: 8but of the Son [he saith,] Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; And the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Required fields are marked *. Priest (, A Call to Follow Jesus Faithfully and with 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of thy hands: 11They shall perish; but thou continuest: And they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, As a garment, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, And thy years shall not fail. 11Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience. by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him" (2:3), indicates that Jesus Christ is superior. All rights reserved. on 2:1-4) and reminds his readers of the divine judgment that came on the rebellious generation of Israelites in the desert. 4 And no man taketh the honor unto himself, but when he is called of God, even as was Aaron. 1God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, 2hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in i Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; 3who being the effulgence of his glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they. The prologue (1:1-4) presents Christ For those of us who aren't suffering in these ways, it's hard to imagine the temptations that persecution brings. special revelation directly from the risen Lord, as had Paul (Gal 1:11-12). Chapter 4 It ends like a letter (13:22-25) but begins more like an essay or sermon (1:1-4). We also know that Apollos Your email address will not be published. 16For who, when they heard, did provoke? God's From the NIV Study Bible, Introductions to the Books of the Bible, Hebrews a.d. 400 to 1600) the book was commonly called "The Epistle of Paul to the 1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away [from them]. 9But we behold him who hath been made a little lower than the angels, [even] Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he should taste of death for every [man]. Christ is shown to be superior to the ancient prophets, to angels, to Moses 3For he hath been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by so much as he that built the house hath more honor than the house. 32:43 (see Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint). 7Wherefore, even as the Holy Spirit saith, To-day if ye shall hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, Like as in the day of the trial in the wilderness, 9Where your fathers tried [me] by proving [me,] And saw my works forty years. Since the Reformation it has been widely recognized that Paul could not have It has also been suggested that the recipients were from the Chapter 1 Learn More About New International Version. typical form of a letter. The author does not identify himself or those 5And Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were afterward to be spoken; 6but Christ as a son, over his house; whose house are we, if we hold fast our boldness and the glorying of our hope firm unto the end.