Hebrews
The Superiority
of Christ (part 1)
Jesus:
The Revelation of God
Hebrews 1:1-3
The Book of Hebrews
It is one of the most
puzzling New
Testament Letters
It is one of the most
polished New
Testament Letters
The Book of Hebrews
Author: Unknown but
speculated about greatly
The Apostle Paul
 Clement of Alexandria
 Luke
 Peter
 Barnabas
 Silas
 Apollos
 Jude
 Phillip
 Aristion
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The Book of Hebrews
Date: Unknown but
probably before 70 AD
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95 AD
Early 80 AD
Personal opinion
about 64 AD
The Book of Hebrews
Audience: Unknown and
widely speculated
Colosse
 Samaria
 Ephesus
 Galatia
 Cyprus
 Corinth
 Syria
 Antioch
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Berea
Caesarea
Jerusalem
Rome
The Book of Hebrews
Audience: Unknown and
widely speculated
Rome or somewhere near
Rome – most likely the
destination
“Greet all your leaders and all
the saints. Those who come
from Italy send you greetings.”
Hebrews 13:24 ESV
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The Book of Hebrews
Audience
“Hebrews was written to a
group os first-century
Christians who were in
danger of giving up”
– Raymond Brown
BST Commentary
Hebrews 10:32-38
The Book of Hebrews
Theme
Revelation and Redemption
The Word of God and the
work of Christ
The Book of Hebrews
Theme
“Man is ignorant and he
needs God's word in
Scripture, Man is also guilty
and he needs Christ's work,
that redemptive sacrifice by
which alone we are
forgiven.”
The Book of Hebrews
Its Importance
“No believer can cope with
adversity unless Christ fills
his horizons, sharpens his
priorities, and dominates his
experience.”
The Book of Hebrews
Its Importance
“Nothing is of greater
importance in our own time
than a reminder of the
immense dimensions of the
biblical doctrine of Christ.”
Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)
1Long
ago, at many times and
in many ways, God spoke to
our fathers by the prophets,
2but in these last days he has
spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed the heir
of all things, through whom
also he created the world.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)
3He
is the radiance of the
glory of God and the exact
imprint of his nature, and he
upholds the universe by the
word of his power. After
making purification for sins,
he sat down at the right hand
of the Majesty on high,
4 parts of this
introduction that
was written to the
Hebrews and to us
1) God's present EXISTENCE
Difficult times can shake
our faith in God
Difficult times demand
we remember God
2) God's past COMMUNICATION
1Long
ago, at many
times and in many
ways, God spoke to
our fathers by the
prophets,
2) God's past COMMUNICATION
God spoke in various ways
in the Old Testament
Moses – lighting & thunder
 Elijah – a still small voice
 Ezekiel – visions
 Daniel - dreams
 Jacob - angel
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2) God's past COMMUNICATION
God's message came in
various ways too
Amos – direct oracles
 Malachi – questions and
answers
 Ezekiel performed bizarre
symbolic acts
 Haggai - sermons
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2) God's past COMMUNICATION
God's messages were
always sufficient
Abraham had faith enough
to offer Isaac
 Moses withstood pharoah
 David slew Goliath
 Daniel maintained his
integrity
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2) God's past COMMUNICATION
God is a God of
communication
God is a God of sufficient
communication
God is a God of loving
communication
2) God's past COMMUNICATION
Am I listening to God?
Am I drowning God out
with other noise?
Am I living rightly in
response to what God has
told me?
3) God's present COMMUNICATION
2but
in these last days he has
spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed the heir
of all things, through whom
also he created the world.
3He is the radiance of the
glory of God and the exact
imprint of his nature, and he
upholds the universe by the
word of his power.
3) God's present COMMUNICATION
God's love for us is shown
in Christ's appearing
God's complete
revelation is found in
Christ
Our hope can be
confidently put in Christ
4) God's present PROVISION
After making
purification for sins,
he sat down at the
right hand of the
Majesty on high,
4) God's present PROVISION
In Christ there is a
completed work
In Christ there is an
eternal hope
In Christ there is an
ever present
question
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