Hebrews

Foreword

Gospel Folio Press P.O. Box 2041 Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501 Foreword Hebrews: its depths never plumbed; its height never reached; its mysteries never solved; its wealth never fully realized! But what has been gleaned is food, rich and satisfying; water, refreshingly vital. The author of these notes has been studying and preaching and writing on the book of “Hebrews” for many years. Throughout my Christian experience it has been my rare privilege to hear his addresses on th...

Introduction

The Epistle to the Hebrews has been called “The Epistle of the Opened Heavens.” Believers are journeying through a desert world but the glory shines from heaven above and brightens the pathway and cheers the heart as we travel on to the glory land. We are going to travel through the book together, and as we do, we will notice that the heavens are opened to us, and “we see Jesus” crowned with glory and honor, seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high. He is there for us, o...

Lesson One—Hebrews 1:1-4 The Son Of God… Superior to Prophets

In the first seven chapters of this letter it is the Person of the Son of God who is presented to us, displacing all else—the Man in the Glory of God. In the next three chapters we are introduced to the Place where He serves as our High Priest—The Sanctuary of Glory. In the last three chapters it is The Path of Faith that leads to the Glory. To enable us to follow Jesus in the outside place the Lord gives us a sight of Him in the inside place within the veil of heaven. The Glory of th...

Lesson Two—Hebrews 1:5-14 The Son Of God… Superior to Angels

In describing the excellencies of the Name of Jesus beyond that of the angelic hosts, the writer of the Hebrews makes use of the “Pilgrim’s Song Book,” the Psalms of David. We have seen the sevenfold glory of the Son of God; now we listen to the sevenfold praise that surrounds His blessed Person. Seven quotations, or references from the Psalms are in this section. They are like seven strings in a golden harp of grace on which the Holy Spirit sends forth sweet strains to delight our hea...

Lesson Three—Hebrews 2 The Son Of Man… Superior to Adam

As we study the Epistle to the Hebrews together we notice that again and again we are called aside from the main theme of the letter to listen to a word of exhortation, a word of warning. These digressions are called the parenthetical portions of the book. Like red lantern flashes they warn us of danger and encourage us to keep to the King’s Highway, for detours are dangerous. It is so easy to slip away from the things we have heard and drift into the byways of sin. If only we keep the eye...

Lesson Four—Hebrews 3 The Son Over God's House… Superior to Moses

The journey of the children of Israel through the wilderness gives us the background for the lessons of this chapter. God’s power and grace is seen in bringing a people out of Egypt and sustaining them for forty years in the wilderness, a trackless desert waste, a place where nothing grew. When the children of Israel were in Egypt they suffered under the lash of the taskmaster. Their lives were made bitter with hard bondage. The story of their deliverance is the story of God’s salvati...

Lesson Five—Hebrews 4 The Giver Of Rest… Superior to Joshua

In striking contrast to the desert graves that marked the wanderings of unbelief in the wilderness, in this chapter we view the glorious land into which faith enters. The keynote is rest, God’s rest. Glad tidings have reached us from the glory, telling us of this land of rest that is fairer far than Canaan—the land from whence came such a glowing report, when the spies brought back the luscious fruit from its bountiful vines. Israel came short of it, but all the while they wandered in th...

Lesson Six—Hebrews 5 The Sympathizing Priest… Superior to Aaron

Shadow and substance are before us in this chapter. In the earthly shadow of the human priest we trace the features of our Heavenly High Priest. We behold Aaron, appointed by God to sustain the people in the wilderness, but our eyes are directed from him to One who is greater, and a Priest of another order. The comparison drawn has contrasts as well. The picture is faulty, but in it we find the qualifications required to serve as a priest for the people before God. Christ combines in His Per...

Lesson Seven—Hebrews 6 The Saviour Within The Veil… Superior to Judaism

As we journey on through this Epistle we reach another danger signal in this chapter. It is the third “red lantern flash,” warning us of a very serious detour leading to a precipice over which the fall is fatal. It is the cliff of apostasy. The wondrous theme that the writer of the Epistle desired to develop was the present exercise of Christ’s priesthood as typified in Melchizedek (5:10). But the Hebrews were dull hearers, slow scholars—they were “aged babies,” they had never...

Lesson Eight—Hebrews 7 The Surety… Superior to the Old Covenant

In the hall of some renowned college, we see upon its walls portraits of men, who, generation after generation, succeeded each other in office. One after the other passed away, and those who take their places will do likewise. Thus it was with the Aaronic priesthood. Priest followed priest in the exercise of his office, one after the other appeared on the scene only to be succeeded by still another. In contrast to this, we have in the entrance hall to our chapter, the portrait of one whos...
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