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Introduction to the Letter to the Hebrews

Introduction to the Letter to the Hebrews

The letter to the Hebrews is more than a letter many mentioned as an exhortation and work of a Judeo-Christian author and not of Paul. Many New Testament scholars for centuries that dealt with the truth of the author of this epistle, its style, salutation, and not mentioning his name Paul in his work lead them to believe that it is the work of a faithful Christian of Jewish origin.

“For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow (flesh), and can discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

Having then a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly to our confession. 15 For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us, therefore, draw near with boldness too, of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace for help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

Hebrews 12:1-2: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

There were three groups of people during the ancient time where people were dragged from one religious doctrine to another which led many to be unbelievers. The Jews as some claimed to be the first Christian groups followed by the non-Jews (Gentiles) were the faithful heroes of the Christians of today. Without their sacrifices and faithfulness, where would Christianity be today? It is important to understand and pay attention to which group the Scripture is addressing. Old and New Testament passages have messages for a certain individual, or group of individuals so as not to be confused or misled about your belief that leads to the truth. We have to focus on what Jesus said, we only have one Father who is in heaven, and He our LORD is mightier than he is. In order not to get lost in translation, we should also understand that there are scriptures metaphorically and symbolically written.  

The writer of the Hebrews mentions Jesus the high priest, the only begotten Son, better than the angels and heir of all things. With all these being said, it reveals the superiority Christian faith.  

To God our all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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