Hebrews – Supremacy of God’s Son

hebrewsIn the letter to the Hebrews, the superiority of Christ over everyone and everything is clearly demonstrated by the author. Christianity supersedes all other religions and can never be surpassed. Where can one find anything better than Christ? Living in Christ is having the best there is in life. All competing religions are deceptions or cheap imitations.

Hebrews is a masterful document written to the Jews who were evaluating Jesus or struggling with this new faith. The message of Hebrews is that Jesus is better, Christianity is superior, Christ is supreme and completely sufficient for salvation

Jews who had become Christians in the first century were tempted to fall back into Judaism because of uncertainty, the security of custom, and persecution. Today believers are also tempted to fall back into legalism, fulfilling minimum religious requirements rather than pressing on in genuine faith. We must strive to live by faith each day.

Writer:
Paul, Luke, Barnabas, Apollos, Silas, Philip, Priscilla, and others have been suggested because the name of the author is not given in the Biblical text itself. Whoever it was speaks of Timothy as “brother” (13:23).

Possibly written from Macedonia. Silas and Timothy were left behind when Paul left Macedonia and went to Achaia (Acts 17:14). Apparently, the two of them had been separated since then (Hebrews 13:23). perhaps Timothy had rejoined Paul in Athens (1 Thessalonians 3:1-2), while Silas remained in Derbe. Neither one was in Thessalonica. But Silas was expecting that both he, and hopefully Timothy as well, would be in Thessalonica shortly. Therefore, Silas was writing from elsewhere in Macedonia, not Derbe.

Date Written:
Probably before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in A. D. 70, because the religious sacrifices and ceremonies are referred to in the book, but no mention is made of the temples destruction.

To Whom Written:
Hebrew Christians (perhaps second generation Christians, see 2:3) who may have been considering a return to Judaism, perhaps because of immaturity, stemming from a lack of understanding of Biblical truths. To present the sufficiency and superiority of Christ.

Purpose:
The purpose of the book of Hebrews was to stress to believers in Thessalonica the importance of giving Christ the highest position – that of being God Himself. Paul and company had been forced to flee from Thessalonica after only three weeks of ministry there. They had gotten the gospel out and many had believed, but they were worried that they had not been able to get the entirety of their message across properly. Silas was concerned that although they had believed in Jesus Christ as their Messiah, that might not have given him the highest place – higher than the law, Moses, the tabernacle, and all else. Thus, he wrote to emphasize the truth of Christ being God, as well as to encourage them in the trials and hardships of persecution that they were facing.

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