Saturday Bible Class: Hebrews Overview
Hebrews 1-4 – The Person of Christ
The purpose of the letter to the Hebrews is to dispel any notion that what these individuals had in the rituals of Judaism can match the reality of Christ. Chapters 3, 4, 6 and 10 show that some professing Hebrews had never been converted, and instead turned back to Judaism. After reading this letter, the believer would see that there is absolutely no way they could return to Judaism.
What is the best way to address these professing Christians whose lives have been shaken by circumstances? It is the thing that thrills every believer’s soul, and what every unconverted person needs to have their heart thrilled with: a presentation of the person of Christ. Chapters 1 to 4 as a whole teach us that when I lose sight of Christ, and the purposes of a sovereign God, my life will be shaken.
Chapter 1 presents the Christ as the very revelation of God to men. He is God Himself, the Son of God. Chapter 2 will open with a warning of not hearing and obeying the gospel, before showing Christ to also be man, Jesus, even the Son of Man who fulfills all that God desires in a man and will even link Himself with those who have received His salvation. Chapter 3 opens by considering Christ Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, being faithful over His house as Moses, but has been counted of more glory than Moses. The remainder of the chapter and through chapter 4:13 draws the reader’s attention to whether or not they are of the household of Christ the Son, and challenges them to hear the voice of the Spirit of God.
We will also notice throughout the epistle the things that Christ is better than. In the first four chapters He is better than the prophets (1:1-3), better than the angels (1:4-2:18), better than Moses (3:1-6) and also better than Joshua (4:8-11). Truly Christ is better than all because of His person.
Consider this week in the first four chapters, and the three main ways that our Lord is identified: The “Son”, “Jesus” and “the Apostle and High Priest of our Profession.” What is revealed about the glory of His person in the chapters through these three titles?