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Hebrews 1 Summary
In many ways, the letter to the Hebrews is like a sermon that was meant to be heard all at once. Although we don't know who wrote it, what we do know is that the theme of this book is to remind faithful Hebrew people facing immanent persecution (whom the letter was first written to) that Jesus was, is and always will be their ultimate salvation.
Chapter 1 sets the theme for the entire book by explaining who Jesus Christ is:
The Son of God is the one who:
is heir of all thing;
upholds the universe;
through whom God:
created the universe;
and now speaks to us.
has made purification from sins;
has sat down at God's right hand, superior to all beings - even the angels.
The word 'gospel' simply means 'good news,' and it can be easy to think that the 'good news' in the Bible doesn't begin until Jesus is born at the beginning of the New Testament. But that's not the case.
The opening four verses of this book make it clear that every chapter in the Old Testament points to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That means that as you read the Old Testament, always be wondering how the passage you are reading points to Christ.
In other words, when we read the story of David & Goliath, the primary lesson is not 'God will slay the giants in your life,' but rather, 'God will always provide a savior for His people.' In triumphing over Goliath, David saved Israel, but as we read it in the light of Christ, we see that the victory God gave David was just a glimpse of the victory God gave us in Christ.
As we read Hebrews together over these next few weeks, make a goal for yourself to really and truly understand who Jesus Christ is.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father is the Majesty on high, and His Son is the radiance of His glory.
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that as you read through Hebrews, you will truly come to know Jesus.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: