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Hebrews & You: A Reader’s Companion to the Book of Hebrews

Hebrews & You: A Reader’s Companion to the Book of Hebrews
By: Rev. Joe Kramer

Well I figured I would give you all an excerpt of the book today. It will be available in about 5 days from Amazon.com or you can order it today (for $4.00) from Create Space. Just click the image below to be directed to their store. It isn’t very large (nowhere near as large as my next manuscript on 1 & 2 Peter) but it will help with your introduction to the book of Hebrews.

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HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

What this book is not:

  • An extensive commentary on the book of Hebrews.
  • An extreme in depth look at the theology and doctrine of the book of Hebrews.

What this book is:

  • This book was designed to be a reader’s companion to the book of Hebrews. It is designed for the individual who has never read the book of Hebrews, they should be able to pick it up and come to a cursory understanding of its pages.
  • This book attempts to summarize and highlight difficult passages in order to broaden the reader’s perspective.
  • This book tends to combine chapters for better understanding and flow of the content in Hebrews.

When using this book

Most people who have used this book find it helpful to open in prayer, read the sections on the chapters they will be covering in Hebrews, read the chapters in Hebrews and then re-read the section in this book. This will make the book of Hebrews come alive to the reader and will broaden the reader’s understanding.

The Date

            The book of Hebrews speaks of Timothy being alive at the time of its writing. The Jerusalem temple was not destroyed until A.D. 70. This fact would have been written about if the book was written after that time. So most scholars place the writing of Hebrews to around A.D. 65

The Thrust

            Hebrews was written to those who were not growing spiritually. Hebrews was written to cause spiritual growth amongst the believers who read it. Hebrews was written to motivate individuals to stop worrying about things that have no eternal value and to press on toward Jesus Christ. One hindrance to this, at least to the Jewish believers, was the law and their traditions. Hebrews was written to combat this problem.

The Author

            The author of the book of Hebrews is not clearly identified. Because of this fact many people have questioned the books authorship. Some have stated that Apollos, Luke and many others wrote the book. Tradition says that it was written by Paul. Peter, in his writings, states that Paul wrote a book to the Jews. If this is the case and Hebrews is not that book, then the inspired writings of Paul have been lost. Those that hold to Pauline authorship quote scripture stating that God’s Word will endure until the end when a new heaven and new earth has been established. Because of this scholars credit Paul with the writing of Hebrews.

Hebrews Chapters 1&2

Chapter 1:1-4

Here we find that God is a personal God. He chooses to speak to His creation. Not through an intermediary, but through Himself, specifically through the Son. Jesus, because of His great mercy toward us died on a Roman cross for our sins and rose from the grave to bring us the Hope of Glory. Jesus is the second individual in the Trinity. The Bible teaches that God is One and He is three. His being consists of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. How humbling it is to know that God wants to have communion with us.

Verses 5-14

These verses speak of how far above Christ is than the angels and ends with the following words in verse 14 about angels, (NKJV) “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” It seems that God cares so much for us that His mighty angels minister to us on His behalf. It is as though He has taken these mighty beings and said to them “Go and Help my Children, those who were created in MY likeness.” This shows that a fellowship with God makes us special to Him; we are ministered to by His angels and uplifted in our daily lives………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. For more, please buy the book 😉

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