Contributed on Dec 14, 2013
When we see Jesus, we see the very reflection of God Himself.
THE FINAL REVELATION Hebrews 1:1-4 The poetry of this short passage is beautiful, and the theology is exquisite. The high Christology of these words and phrases resonates with the majesty and dignity of our Saviour. We are left in no doubt that “the Son” is the very voice of God to mankind. ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2016
Scripture proofs for the superiority of Jesus.
A NAME MORE EXCELLENT Hebrews 1:1-14 The high Christology of Hebrews 1 bears comparison with that of John 1:1-14. We are first reminded of the many and various ways that God spoke through the prophets in times past (Hebrews 1:1). Then we are informed that the final word of God has now come to ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2019
A warning against rejecting the only means of escape
THIS SO GREAT SALVATION Hebrews 2:1-4 Perhaps the Hebrew Christians to whom this letter was first sent were a little inclined to go back to ‘the old religion’. After all, had not they and their fathers ‘received the law by the disposition of angels’ (Acts 7:53); was it not ‘ordained by ...read more
Contributed on Oct 24, 2014
Whether viewed as the babe in a manger, or as the man upon the Cross; as the risen Lord, or as the King upon the throne - Jesus is well able to identify with us in the midst of our own perplexities in this life.
A PERFECT SAVIOUR Hebrews 2:10-18 A. The Father deemed it an appropriate method to secure our salvation by sending His Son into this world to be one with us (Hebrews 2:10-11). This was determined from all eternity, and was not some kind of afterthought (John 3:16). Jesus came willingly, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2019
An encouragement to give Jesus due consideration, and an exhortation to avoid the temptation of drawing back.
CONSIDERING JESUS AND NOT TURNING BACK Hebrews 3:1-19 The writer to the Hebrews was at pains to ensure that the eyes of his readers remained focused on Jesus. For Hebrew Christians to go back to the law of Moses was not an option. Moses was faithful - but Jesus is counted worthy of more ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2019
Our rest based in the finished work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us hold fast our profession and come boldly to the throne of grace.
ENTERING REST AND FINDING GRACE Hebrews 4:1-16 “Let us therefore fear” links this passage with the previous chapter. It has to do with the promise of “entering into His rest”, “lest any of you should seem to come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1). The promise of entering the promised land was ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2015
Models of high priesthood. Comparison and Contrast.
AARON AND JESUS Hebrews 5:1-10 Every high priest taken from among men was set aside, and was ordained to serve God in the offering of both gifts and sacrifices for sins, for and on behalf of men (Hebrews 5:1). The task was not taken on presumptuously, but was only made possible through ...read more
Contributed on Nov 16, 2019
But we are persuaded better things of you.
THE IMPOSSIBLE PROPOSITION Hebrews 5:11-6:9 The Hebrew Christians were not unfamiliar with persecution (Hebrews 10:32-35). Perhaps this was why some of them were inclined to fall away (Hebrews 6:6)? “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you,” the writer assures, “and things that ...read more
Contributed on Nov 23, 2019
Moving on to better things.
THE ASSURANCE OF HOPE Hebrews 6:9-20 We saw last week that the writer to the Hebrews concludes that those who are inclined to fall away are NIGH unto cursing (Hebrews 6:8); but he emphasises to the recipients of his letter that “we are persuaded better things of you, and things that ...read more
Contributed on Dec 28, 2013
Although the Aaronic priesthood was God-ordained, it was temporary, and must give way to the new and better priesthood by which we may all make our approaches to God.
THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC Hebrews 7:1-19 The New Testament is replete with surprising interpretations of Old Testament passages. We need go no further than the first Gospel to see this illustrated (Matthew 1:22-23; Matthew 2:15; Matthew 2:17-18; Matthew 2:23 etc). The Book of Hebrews, towards ...read more
Contributed on Dec 28, 2013
He is our eternal Advocate, always available, always approachable.
A HYMN TO OUR HIGH PRIEST Hebrews 7:23-28 Jesus’ priesthood is proclaimed to be of a better order than that of Aaron (Hebrews 7:11) because of His similitude to Melchisedec (Hebrews 7:14-15). It is not genealogy which qualifies our great High Priest, but the power of an indissoluble life ...read more
Contributed on Dec 4, 2019
A more excellent Ministry based on a better Covenant founded on better promises.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW Hebrews 8:1-13 This is the “sum” of all that the writer has been saying so far: “We have such a high priest…” (Hebrews 8:1a). Jesus, our high priest, is ‘holy, innocent, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens’ (cf. Hebrews 7:26). He is “seated ...read more
Contributed on Dec 6, 2019
The way into the Holiest.
BUT CHRIST! Hebrews 9:1-14 We have been comparing and contrasting the new covenant with the old, the heavenly tabernacle with the earthly; the substance with its shadow (cf. Hebrews 8:1-13). Also the ministry of Jesus with that of Aaron (cf. Hebrews 5:1-10). In this passage we see that ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2015
In an argument from the lesser to the greater, this chapter commences with a demonstration of the limitations of the access to God allowed in the annual Day of Atonement. All this anticipates the comparison: But Christ…
AN INFINITELY SUPERIOR HIGH PRIEST Hebrews 9:11-14 This short passage is the high point of the writer’s comparison between the old covenant and the new. In an argument from the lesser to the greater, the chapter commences with a demonstration of the limitations of the access to God ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2019
The ratification of the old covenant did not take place without blood. But it took the blood of Christ to bear away our sins, once and forever!
NOT WITHOUT BLOOD Hebrews 9:15-28 In continuing to compare and contrast the old covenant and the new, we have seen how the high priest would enter the ‘Holiest of All’ (Hebrews 9:3), alone, once a year (on the Day of Atonement) ‘not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2015
Jesus appeared in the earth in the incarnation. Jesus "now appears" in heaven on our behalf. He will come again to the earth to gather to Himself those who are eagerly awaiting Him.
APPEARANCES OF CHRIST, IN HEAVEN AND EARTH Hebrews 9:24-28 The ‘worldly sanctuary’ (Hebrews 9:1) served for a time, in both tent and Temple, but now the ‘reformation’ has been accomplished (Hebrews 9:10). The endless round of sacrifices would never suffice for the remission of sins ...read more
Contributed on Dec 21, 2019
The adequacy of the Blood of Christ.
THE SACRIFICE TO END ALL SACRIFICES Hebrews 10:1-18 The Law is but a “shadow” of “good things to come” (Hebrews 10:1). As such the Law, though good in itself (cf. Romans 7:12), serves only as a schoolmaster pointing us to Jesus (cf. Galatians 3:24). The round of sacrifices represented here ...read more
Contributed on Dec 25, 2013
With the words of Psalm 40:6-8 upon His lips, Jesus was already on His way.
LO, I COME Hebrews 10:5-10 The Old Testament tabernacle was appointed by God, and patterned upon the realities of heaven (Hebrews 8:5). The law was written with the finger of God, but only served to reveal man’s inadequacy (Romans 3:20). The sacrifices were required by the LORD, but they had ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2015
The finished work of Jesus gives us confident access to God.
A CALL TO DRAW NEAR Hebrews 10:11-25 Broadly speaking, this passage represents the end of the argument for the pre-eminence of Jesus’ priesthood, and the beginning of some practical applications. In expounding the sympathetic priesthood of Jesus (Hebrews 4:14-16), the writer has already ...read more
Contributed on Dec 22, 2019
DRAW NEAR AND HOLD FAST Hebrews 10:19-39 If our sins are forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus, then there is no further need for the sacrificial system represented by the tabernacle and Temple (cf. Hebrews 10:18). “Therefore” (Hebrews 10:19) introduces the whole practical section of ...read more
Contributed on Dec 27, 2019
Definition of faith. Abel, Enoch and Noah.
NOW FAITH Hebrews 11:1-7 The night when I first came to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the secret of my own room, I had been querying in prayer about the meaning of prayer, and about the meaning of faith. My Gideons Bible had a very helpful key by which I was directed on the first ...read more
Contributed on Jul 21, 2013
Looking beyond our failures, and stepping into the blessings.
GOOD BEGINNINGS, MIDWAY FAILURES, FINAL TRIUMPHS Hebrews 11:8-16 Sometimes when we look at our Christian walk and life all we can see are our failures. Healthy self-examination all too easily declines into unhealthy introspection. It is good to be reassured that God views us not as we see ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2019
Abraham to Moses, via Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. And the parents of Moses.
FAITH, SACRIFICE AND SPRINKLING Hebrews 11:17-28 If we are ever to understand what a terrible, what a grave thing sin is, it is found in this: that ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins’ (cf. Hebrews 9:22). We have already learned that the blood of bulls and of goats ...read more
Contributed on Jul 27, 2013
Running the race with the heroes of the faith, with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
THE HALL OF FAITH Hebrews 11:29-12:2 1. In the earlier verses of Hebrews 11, the ‘Hall of Faith’ (as I have called it) spoke of faithful individuals, ranging from Abel through Abraham to Moses. Now we have a shift to the plural, emphasising the collective faith of all involved. “By faith THEY ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2019
Jesus as the author and finisher of faith.
LOOKING AWAY TO JESUS Hebrews 12:1-3 Throughout Hebrews 11, the reader has been privileged to watch a review of the race run by the great heroes of the Old Testament faith. The “therefore” at the beginning of Hebrews 12 is an emphatic particle connecting New Testament believers to the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 8, 2020
Despise not the chastening of the LORD.
THE HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN Hebrews 12:4-17 After impressing us with the heroes of the Faith (Hebrews 11:4-40), the writer encourages us to persevere in the race that is set before us, looking away from our difficulties ‘unto JESUS, the author and finisher’, the pioneer and perfecter, the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2013
The contrast between Mount Sinai and Mount Zion: its inferences and implications in our life
A KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN Hebrews 12:18-29 I. A BOOK OF CONTRASTS The letter to the Hebrews is full of contrasts - too many to innumerate in a short space. Here the author shows the difference between the covenant at Sinai (Hebrews 12:18-21), and the covenant of Christianity (Hebrews ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2019
Abel's blood cried out for vengeance, but Jesus' blood goes on speaking gracious words of mercy.
THE BLOOD OF SPRINKLING Hebrews 12:24 The first mention of the sprinkling of blood is found in the institution of the Passover (Exodus 12:7). The writer to the Hebrews explains the significance of this: it is ‘lest he that destroyed the firstborn might touch them’ (Hebrews 11:28). The ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2013
This seemingly random selection of exhortations follows on from Hebrews 12:29, and represents our part in the refining process which God is working in our lives (cf. Ephesians 4:1).
OUR PART IN THE REFINING PROCESS Hebrews 13:1-8; Hebrews 13:15-16 I. PRACTICAL LOVE (Hebrews 13:1-3) 1. “Brotherly love” (Hebrews 13:1) Jesus is ‘not ashamed’ to call us brethren (Hebrews 2:11-12). The readers of Hebrews are viewed as ‘holy brethren’ (Hebrews 3:1). This section begins ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2020
Sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE REPROACH OF CHRIST Hebrews 13:9-14 This short passage opens with an exhortation to beware of strange and diverse teachings (Hebrews 13:9a). The temptation for these Hebrew Christians was that they might return to laws about ‘foods and drinks, various washings, and ...read more