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Hebrews Introduction and Outline

Lesson # Hebrews Introduction, Outline
Study Material - Hebrews, book introduction and outline

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

Hebrews Introduction

Salvation is far superior, in fact it is infinitely superior to no salvation. The lake of fire is extremely bad. Heaven is extremely good. When the two are compared, heaven is infinitely superior than hell. An eternity of perpetual burning and excruciating pain is not something that any sane person would want for their destiny, yet many are doomed to this terrible existence, from which there is no escape.

Salvation places ones life in heaven for all of eternity. There, there is no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death, only pleasant things and perpetual happiness and peace of mind. Many will go to heaven. But even in heaven there will be a distinction between those who have advanced to spiritual maturity and those who don't. To those who advance to spiritual maturity there are advanced rewards and blessings available. And those who do not advance to maturity, these additional rewards will not be available. Certainly everyone in heaven will have a resurrection body, perfect happiness and such, but mature believers will receive far more gifts for eternity. Thus, spiritual maturity is infinitely superior than spiritual immaturity, just as salvation is infinitely superior to no salvation. The contrasts and comparisons are similar in that there is a huge difference between the two things being compared.

The book of Hebrews delves into the superiority of spiritual maturity and why it is more beneficial to ones life and future. God not only reprimands people for their unbelief, but in this book, God reprimands people for their immaturity and lack of spiritual advance. God has provided us with a tremendous future. This life is but a short staging area for what is to become something that we cannot even begin to imagine - eternal life with God.

Today we think of hours and days and months, even years. We think of good times and bad times. We are experience oriented, time oriented. We are tied to just the things around us and our senses that connect us to the world. But the spiritual world in eternity is beyond our comprehension. Just think. God created this universe in an instant. A universe with all its complexities that we have discovered in the short history of humanity. If God is capable of this, would He not be capable of creating many other types of universes? Universes that we can't even begin to imagine their composition? Perhaps many other types of life forms - plants or animal? Centuries ago, man could not conceive of rockets, or laptop computers, or even a kitchen toaster. What could possibly be in store for us in eternity where Gods innovation and ideas are infinitely beyond that of mans imagination?

So we begin our study on Hebrews. The importance of spiritual maturity. Just as there are unbelieving fools that reject Christ as being necessary in their lives, so too, there are believing fools who reject Bible study as being necessary in their lives. Now there are no tragedies in life as defined by the Bible, but if there were tragedies, then these two failures would be the only two items in the tragedy category - failure to believe in Christ, failure to advance to spiritual maturity.

Many contrasts are given in this book. There are good things listed from this world, many good things that are listed from the Old Testament, but all are compared to Christ and Christ is the superior choice over anything and everything else.

A detailed outline of the book is given as follows:

Hebrews Outline

I. Prologue. 1:1-4.
A. Christ superior to the prophets. 1:1,2.
B. Christ, the imprint of God. 1:3,4.
II. The main arguments introduced and explained. 1:5-10:18.
A. Christ greater than; the argument for superiority. 1:5-7:28.
1. Superior to angels. 1:5-14.
2. The greater salvation, and a warning against neglect. 2:1-4.
3. Christ as the perfect man. 2:5-18.
4. Christ superior to Moses. 3:1-6.
5. Superiority of 'rest' of Christ over the 'rest' of Israel under Moses, Joshua. 3:7-4:13.
6. Christ as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, superior to Aaron. 4:14-5:10.
7. A rebuke for lack of understanding and for immaturity. 5:11-6:20.
8. The priesthood of Melchizedek. 7.
B. Christ, the minister and high priest of the new covenant. 8:1-10:18.
1. The new covenant in relation to the old. 8:1-9.
2. The better covenant explained. 8:10-13.
3. The new sanctuary and the perfect sacrifice. 9.
4. The new covenant complete, perfect, and at work. 10:1-18.
III. The elements of the faith life. 10:19-13:17.
A. The description of the faith life. 10:19-25.
B. A description of those who spurn this new and living way. 10:26-39.
C. Examples of the life of faith. 11.
D. Christ, the supreme example of the faith life. 12:1-4.
E. The Father's love known through chastisement. 12:5-11.
F. Christian conduct under the new covenant. 12:12-29.
G. The Christian life in daily practice. 13:1-17.
IV. Personal epilogue. 13:18-25.



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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.




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