Epistles of Thomas

November 27, 2008

Hebrews 1-4

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 16:29

The book of Hebrews is very Jewish and theological in its essence. It begins by explaining the relationship between Jesus and God by defining him apart from anything in creation. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (1:3). He is not like the angels but became lower than them for a period of time to accomplish God’s purpose. He is not like human beings although he came to earth to suffer and die in order to taste death for everyone (2:9). Those of us who are made holy by his action are brothers and sisters of Christ (2:11). The last verse of chapter two is a favourite of many: “because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Chapter three places Christ higher than Moses asserting that he is our apostle and high priest. Moses worked on building the house of God but that house is us – the body of Christ and therefore Christ is preeminent. Jesus our high priest was tempted in every way but did not sin (4:15). We know that he is truly righteous and is able to help us in our times of need.


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