Many times people of faith feel as though they need to explain Jesus. The religions of yesterday and today have all failed in their attempt to supplement the pure Word of God. The letter to the Hebrews is good to reread when our focus has shifted to what other people have written or said about walking in faith towards Jesus. Jesus, the Son of God is perfectly described in the letter to the Hebrews. These divinely inspired words enable all of humanity to keep a sharp watch on what God says. With reflection this letter encourages us to examine who is on the throne of our hearts? By reading these words we become aware of His power and authority and if we have surrendered our ways to His. It is up to us to look and see His mighty hand at work in the church, in our schools, in our hearts, and in our governing systems.
The author of the letter is the Holy Spirit, but scholars are uncertain who held the pen. Many believe it was Paul who wrote the letter to confirm that Jesus is greater than the prophets; greater than the angels; greater than Moses; and greater than any man in the entire history of mankind.
In Hebrews chapter one and two, our Lord’s deity and humanity are emphasized. Jesus was able to fully understand our needs and our frailties because, as a perfect human, Jesus was also tempted, He wept, He felt and He remained sinless. Anyone who has studied the Scriptures can park all they have learned into this letter. Within the first two chapters of the letter to the Hebrews, we learn all we need to know about Who Jesus is.
Jesus is God’s Son, He is heir to all things; He created the universe; He is Himself God; He sustains all things by His word; Jesus cleansed us of sin by His willing sacrifice of His sinless life on earth; He sat down at the right hand of the Father; angels worship Him; He is the eternal God; Jesus is the exact representation of God’s very being, All things are sustained by His powerful word; His throne is forever; and He is the ruler of the coming age.
Hebrews chapter one: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So He became as much superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is superior to theirs.” (1)
Our soul should quiver with recognition of the truth. “And again, when God brings His first-born into the world, He says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship Him.” Our Father also said; “In the beginning, O Lord, You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; they will never wear out like a garment.”
Hebrews chapter two: “In putting everything under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him.” The word of God tells of His Son’s humanity. “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (2)
Hebrews chapter three: “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.” Our Father explains who the builder of the house of God is, the Body of Christ, His Church. “For every house is built by someone, but God is the Builder of everything.” (3)
We are strongly warned against unbelief. “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (3:12) The living God, the living and active Word of God is “in us” for His purpose. The Holy Spirit equipped us individually to work in the harvest field for His glory.
There can never be enough praise, worship, or faith invested into the Words of God. As believers we strive to keep our eyes on Jesus, on what He has done, and how the Holy Spirit is working in us today to accomplish our Father’s will today.
We all can see that our Father is always at work in His Creation. The seasons change and we see the dead leaves fall away, so that new life can bloom. God is forever working in the unseen spirit realm, and behind the visible scenes in our lives. He supports us as we take our stand on the ground, and He nourishes the earth with every rain. God is healing the land and preparing His Holy Land, Israel for the final battle that will come.
We are told what faith is. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Heb 11) The letter ends by reminding us not to get carried away by what the experts in the law say. “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.” (13:9)
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