Exposition – The Epistle to the Hebrews

When religious people are converted to biblical Christianity, it is common for them to bring with them remnants of their former beliefs. These old wineskins can be detrimental to their new faith. On the other hand when a Jew becomes a Christian he brings with him much that is of foundational importance. Yet he can also retain shadowy elements that, while being instructive, yet are no longer to be regarded substantively.

To counter misunderstanding amongst Jewish Christians, the Epistle to the Hebrews was written. There  is not the slightest encouragement here for the Jewish  Christian to repudiate his Jewishness provided it is grounded in Abraham rather than Moses, and fulfilled in Christ, the mediator of the New Covenant that was initially promised to Israel through Jeremiah.

 

00 Title, Contents, and Introduction

01 1:1-4 Introduction to the Minister of the New Covenant

02 1:5-2:18 The Superiority of Christ over the Angels

03 3:1-4:16 The Superiority of Christ’s Priesthood over Moses

04 5:1-7:28 The Superiority of Christ’s Priesthood over Melchizedek

05 8:1-13:19 The Superiority of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant

06 13:20-25 Benediction and Conclusion