1. Jesus Christ, Superior to the Angels (1:1-14)
2. Jesus Christ, Author of the Great Salvation (2:1-8)
3. Jesus Christ, the Perfect High Priest (2:9-18)
4. Jesus Christ, Superior to Moses (3:1-19)
5. Jesus Christ, Superior to Joshua (4:1-13)
6. Jesus Christ, the Superior Priest (4:14-8:5)
7. Jesus Christ, the Superior Mediator (8:6-13)
8. Jesus Christ, the Superior Sacrifice (9:1-10:22)
9. The All-Important Value of Faith (10:23-11:40)
10. Jesus Christ, The Perfect Example (12:1-4)
11. The Value of Chastisement (12:5-17)
12. Jesus Christ, Ruler Over a Superior Kingdom (12:18-29)
13. Various Exhortations (13:1-25)
Two forces had caused problems for Christians. External
pressure had been brought against Christians in the form of persecution
by the Jews. The internal pressure involved the Judaizing teachers who
yet championed the Law of Moses. The writer of this letter, whom many
think was Paul, puts together a letter which details the superiority of
Christ and the Christian system over Judaism once and for all. In the
process of doing so, the author includes several exhortations to be
faithful in all things. This is a "general" epistle in that it is not
addressed to any one person or geographical area specifically.
VERSES TO MEMORIZE
1:1-3 "God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time
past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days
spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all
things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the
brightness of His glory and the express image of His person,
and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He
had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty on high."
2:1-4 "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we
have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through
angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and
disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if
we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be
spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who
heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and
wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy
Spirit, according to His own will?"
2:18 "For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able
to aid those who are tempted."
3:13 "But exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest
any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin."
4:2 "...the word which they heard did not profit them, not being
mixed with faith in those who heard it."
4:12 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than
any two-edged sword...and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart."
4:13 "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things
are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give
4:15 "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with
our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
5:12 "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need
someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles
of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food."
7:14 "For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which
tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood." [This
verse states an important hermeneutical principle.]
8:6-7 "But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as
He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established
on better promises. For if that first covenant had been
faultless, then no place would have been sought for a
9:12 "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood
He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained
9:16-17 "For where there is a testament, there must also of
necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament
is in force after men are dead, since it has no power
at all while the testator lives."
9:27-28 "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after
this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear
the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He
will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation."
10:4 "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could
take away sins."
10:12 "But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins
forever, sat down at the right hand of God."
10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the
manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the
more as you see the Day approaching."
10:26 "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins."
10:38 "'Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.'"
10:39 "But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of
those who believe to the saving of the soul."
11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen."
11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder
of those who diligently seek Him."
13:4 "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but
fornicators and adulterers God will judge."
13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
13:17 "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they
watch out for your souls, as those who must give account.
Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that
would be unprofitable for you."
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