The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

A fair number of the questions posed to me have to do with whether our salvation is conditional or not, and what part our behavior plays in obtaining and maintaining it, or causing the loss of it. Answers to these and other questions about our relationship with the Lord are found in the Letter to the Hebrews and so I’ve quoted from there on a regular basis. But although I’ve taught Hebrews a number of times from both pulpit and platform, I’ve never before published a comprehensive study of the letter.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Hebrews Chapter 2:4-18

In our last study we saw the anonymous author give proof that Jesus is as superior to the angels as His name (the Son of God) is to theirs (sons of God). The Son of God is the exact representation of His being, His prophet for the Last Days, the sole provider of our purification, and when He had finished His work, He sat down at the right hand of majesty. Now we’ll see that in the process He descended lower than the angels for a little while to become a man in order to save mankind. Let’s begin.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

In our last installment we learned that because the Israelites refused to enter the Promised Land by faith, God declared that they would never enter His rest. We begin this one by learning the spiritual meaning behind the weekly Sabbath.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We’ve come to the place in our study of Hebrews that’s familiar even to those who haven’t read any other part of the letter. Did the writer intend to warn us that our salvation is conditional and therefore subject to loss? And even more frightening, did he say that once lost it could never be regained? Many people think that’s exactly what’s being said here. Never mind that the rest of the New Testament contains dozens of assurances that our salvation is secure forever, the Letter to the Hebrews (especially chapters 6 and 10) is said by those who argue against eternal security to contain the “fine print” in our contract with God, imposing conditions upon His grace that aren’t mentioned elsewhere. Let’s see if they’re correct.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Having made reference to Jesus as a priest in the order of Melchizedek, (Hebr. 5:10 & 6:26) the author now explains how this connection came to be and why His priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood of the Old Covenant. Think of chapter 7 as a commentary on Genesis 14.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Having begun to show the weakness of the Levitical priesthood when compared to that of Melchizedek, the author continues in the same vein. Levitical priests were sinners themselves and had to keep offering sacrifices day after day and year after year, and then they died and another one took their place to do the same thing all over again. We need a high priest who isn’t a sinner, who only needs to offer one sacrifice, who lives forever and can save us forever.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 7

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

Along with Hebrews 6, the chapter we’re about to study is a favorite of the conditional security folks, even though within the chapter itself the writer clearly asserts that by His one sacrifice, the Lord has made us perfect forever.

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 8

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

The over arching principle of the Epistle to the Hebrews is that our position before God is based on our belief that the once-for-all-time sacrifice of our Great High Priest was sufficient for our salvation. Some have said that this letter can be seen as a commentary on Habakkuk 2:4 “The just shall live by faith.”

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The Epistle To The Hebrews, Part 9 Conclusion

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Epistle To The Hebrews

Even the short summary of the impact people of great faith have had on mankind makes Hebrews 11 one of the most encouraging chapters in the entire Bible. Would that each of us could manifest that kind of faith in our lives. What great things could we accomplish for the Kingdom?

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