Preached at a Sunday Morning service
Who was the author of the Book of Hebrews? There are many theories. Yet above all, the canon of scripture, of which the Book of Hebrews is a part, is compiled based on the Holy Spirit's testimony to the church and its believers. God is the author. The Book of Hebrews contains a presentation on the primacy of Jesus Christ. It has the form of one sermon. It is an exhortation and an encouragement to Christians who are being pressured to compromise their faith. How does God speak to us? Through prophets formerly, but now through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are in the last days, according to the Word. The book is written for us. God comes to us in perfect time in Jesus Christ. Jesus is superior to all who came before, and to all things. There are seven qualities of Jesus. He is the heir of all things. Jesus is begotten to us as the one who will save. In a sense, he is the heir of us, and we are His inheritance. He is the king of kings, the creator, who spoke the worlds into being. He reigns over all things. He is the sustainer, holding all things together. He is our prophet, the imprint of God. Moses foretold the great, final prophet, Jesus Christ, who spoke with the authority of God. He radiates the glory of God, as on the Mount of Transfiguration. We see God's glory today in the words of the Bible. Jesus, our great high priest, has finished His earthly work, and He is reigning and interceding for us. Today, we comprise a priesthood of believers. The earthly priest is not the go-between. In the priesthood of believers, we intercede for each other. So Jesus fills the offices of prophet, priest and king.
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Hebrews 1:1–4 (Listen)
1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Psalm 19 (Listen)
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is clean,
the rules of the LORD are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.