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I also know that some who have taught through Hebrews have not even convinced themselves and have changed their minds as to its interpretation.
Having said this, the elders and I have concluded that it is finally time for us to commence a study of Hebrews. We will spend the majority of our time on this third question, hoping to put some problem areas into perspective.
I am tempted to think that this highly emotional and divisive issue was dealt with on two levels: The Epistle to the Romans was the “western” explanation; the Epistle to the Hebrews was the “eastern” resolution.
When you stop to think about it, the whole Bible is about Jesus, although this becomes more and more clear as we work our way into the New Testament.
But among the epistles, no book places the spotlight more directly on Jesus than Hebrews. Thus, we are to draw near:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the fresh and living way that he inaugurated for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in the assurance that faith brings, because we have had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water (Hebrews -22).5.
We read our Lord’s “high priestly prayer” in John 17, and we find brief references to His high priestly ministry for us elsewhere in the New Testament.
I’m not sure that it was always a conscious thing, but for whatever reasons, it has taken me all these years to get to this point. I know of other preachers who have also avoided Hebrews.
It is this ministry which we most need in times of difficulty and adversity.6.
The Old Testament foreshadowed the New, and Hebrews is the place to go if we wish to understand this as we should.3In Acts 15, the Judaisers prompted the “Jerusalem Council” by insisting that Gentile believers be baptized and keep the law.
In other words, they insisted that Gentiles become Jewish proselytes.
13 For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant.
14 But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil (Hebrews -14).