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July 21, 2019
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                The Superiority of Jesus

 Hebrews 1:1-14; 2:5—3:6, 14-15

Central Truth:

Jesus rules supreme over all creation.

Golden Text :

“Unto the Son he [God] saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom” (Heb. 1:8).

INTRODUCTION

After reviewing a select group of the Davidic psalms in the previous unit, we now begin a six-week study from the Letter to the Hebrews. It is one of the most persuasive letters in the New Testament regarding the person and ministry of Jesus. Various individuals have been suggested as having authored the letter (e.g., Paul, Barnabas, Philip the Evangelist, Luke); however, the letter itself is silent regarding the identity of the author. Nevertheless, the content of Hebrews exudes the same divine authority and inspiration seen in other New Testament letters.

Like its authorship, the identity of its original audience is uncertain; however, certain emphases within the letter give us clues. Substantial emphasis is placed on Jewish ritual worship and practice, comparing them to the ministry of Jesus Christ. Additionally, the author references the audience as brethren, a term used to recognize common faith in Christ among the early Christians. This seems to indicate that the original audience is primarily composed of Jewish Christians. The themes addressed in the letter suggest these early believers were engaging severe pressure to lay aside their newfound faith in Christ and return to their Jewish roots. Since the Roman world of that day was tolerant of Judaism, this might have been seen as an attractive option for Jewish Christians experiencing persecution. The content of the letter affirms the faith of its audience and assures them that Jesus Christ is God’s final word to the world.

Each lesson in this unit examines a specific component of the person and ministry of Jesus Christ. With meticulous clarity, the author sets forth the absolute supremacy of Christ over the created order. In this first lesson, Jesus is described as superior to all things previously known or understood. All past revelation, the myriad oracles of the ancient prophets, and the words and ministry of Moses now come under the lordship of Jesus. All things in the Old Testament are now complete in the New Testament because of the vicarious suffering, sacrificial offering, and atoning death of Jesus Christ. Animal sacrifices are no longer sufficient. Christ’s once-for-all sacrifice is to be understood as the only remedy for sin. As such, Jesus fulfills His own words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NLT).

Come with Anticipation, Expectation, and Motivation

To receive what God has for you !

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