If you haven’t read or studied the book of Hebrews in the past two years, you might want to move it to the top of your reading list. But I don’t want you to take my word only, read and ponder the following quotes:
“Every Christian needs to understand Hebrews. If they do not, they will misunderstand the Old Testament and will also fail to fully appreciate what our Lord Jesus Christ has done, what he is doing now, and what he is going to do in the future. As a result, they will remain spiritually stunted” xi, Stuart Olyott – I Wish Someone Would Explain Hebrews To Me! (The Banner of Truth Trust, 2010)
“The doctrinal importance of this book is exceeded by none, not even by the Roman Epistle.” Arthur Pink – An Exposition of Hebrews, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, 2006.
Look how much we learn about Jesus from the first four verses:
(1) The Son is the Heir (2) the Creator (3) the Revealer (4) the Sustainer (5) the Redeemer (6) the Ruler and Supreme.
The number seven in the Scripture often connotes completeness. The apostle wanted to let his readers know right from the start, that Christ was the complete and final revelation of God. Anything they were clinging to was inferior. Christ is so much better.
On what doctrinal peg (teaching) are we hanging our soul? Whatever it is, if it is not the finished work of Christ on the cross, we hanging our soul on a rusty, worn out nail that will eventually pass away. The only nail we should point to is the nail that held Christ on the cross. That nail reminds us that the Messiah was God’s plan from the beginning. That nail reminds us that it was the Father’s plan to bruise Him. That nail reminds us that our sins have been “Nailed to the cross and we bear it no more, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O’ my soul.”
Twelve of the thirteen chapters of Hebrews is constantly pointing to that nail.
My friend, is it well with your soul today?
If not look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Brian Spivey D.O.C.