sermon: Hebrews: Its Background (Part Nine)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 15-Dec-18; Sermon #1465; 70 minutes
The Book of Hebrews is "must" reading for all members of God's church who ardently seek the key for personal spiritual growth through a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ—the most important Being Who has ever lived on this earth, far above angels, apostles, prophets, and the Old Testament priesthood. As Christ is the vine and we are the branches, we can grow only if we obey and follow Him, allowing Him to prune us and correct us, realizing that we cannot bear fruit if we do not abide in Him. The theme of the Book is the superiority of Christ over everything. Christ's unique sinless perfection qualifies Him to purge our sins and initiate a sanctification process. Christ became as one of us to model the process of overcoming temptation and attaining godly character. Coming to earth as a baby, He started human life on the same level as all other humans, yet was exclusively able to overcome sin and carnal nature. Because the Book of Hebrews contains no salutation, we understand its audience to be the entirety of God's family. The Book shows contrasts and similarities between the New and Old Covenants and contains highly pointed warnings against apostasy and fruitlessness. This epistle issues an appeal to be faithful, strong and steadfast as we seek to enhance the relationship with our Savior, High Priest and Tutor, seated in the most elevated position next to God the Father.
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