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THE HIDDEN MEANING IN HEBREWS

 

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Why should people read this book?

Comparison of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant

 

This book is a verse-by-verse exposition which explores the relationship between the message of the Old Testament and the gospel of the New Testament.  It provides dramatic insights for properly understanding just exactly what was accomplished through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.

 

This study helps unlock the significance of the Old Testament.  Many Christians think the Old Testament is superfluous; they do not read it and they do not understand it.  But, unless we understand the Old Testament, it will be impossible to correctly understand Hebrews.  One of the keys to unlocking the message of Hebrews is being aware of its symbolism, understanding that the actions on earth were only analogies for events in heaven.

 

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Why should people read this book?

Some of the questions addressed in this book are listed below.  If these questions interest you, then you will definitely want to read the answers presented in this book!

 

•  What does the term “only begotten son of God” really mean?

•  What was the relationship between Melchizedek and Jesus?

•  What is the relationship between the Old and New Testaments?

•  Are the Old Testament laws still binding on people today?

•  What was the nature of the covenants between God and man?

•  What is the difference between the old covenant and the new covenant?

•  Exactly who will inherit what under the terms of the covenants?

•  What is the relationship between the covenant and salvation?

•  What is the difference between heaven and the kingdom of God?

•  Did Jesus ever commit any type of sin at all?

•  Was Jesus really a man just like any other man?

•  What must we do in order to be pleasing to God?

•  What is the significance of Jesus being both king and high priest?

•  Exactly when did Jesus become the begotten son of God?

•  Why did Abraham pay a tithe to the gentile priest, Melchizedek?

•  What is the relationship between Jehovah and Jesus?

•  What was the significance of the veil in the temple being torn apart

      when Jesus was crucified?

•  What was the significance of the sacrifices in the Old Testament?

•  Why does the Bible seem to place so much emphasis on blood?

•  What is the relationship between faith and holy spirit?

•  Why were so many Old Testament heroes apparently immoral people?

•  What is the relationship between faith, morality, and righteousness?

•  What does it mean to be “made perfect?”


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Comparison of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant

Hebrews also provides an extensive comparison of the old covenant (law) and the new covenant (Jesus).

 

OLD COVENANT (LAW)

NEW COVENANT (JESUS)

The high priest was sinful like us. 
 

The high priest came from among

     men.
The high priest was like Aaron.
The law was weak and useless.  
The priest died.
The priests were constantly

     changing.
Priests were unable to save.
Priests were sinful and imperfect.
Priests served in an earthly

     sanctuary.
An obsolete and aging covenant.
 

Laws were written on stone.
No permanent conscience clearing.
Yearly sacrifice for sin required.
Sacrifices involved the blood of

     bulls and goats.
Sacrifices did not take away any

     sins.

Jesus was tempted like us but without

     sin.
Jesus, the great high priest, is the son

     of God.
Jesus is a high priest like Melchizidek. 
Jesus guarantees a better covenant.
Jesus never dies.
The priesthood of Jesus is permanent.
 

Jesus saves completely.
Jesus was sinless and perfect.
Jesus serves in a heavenly sanctuary.
 

Jesus is the mediator of a better

     covenant.
Laws are written on hearts.
Eternal redemption. 
Once for all sacrifice for sins.
Sacrifice involved the blood of Jesus. 
 

One sacrifice took away all sins

     completely.

 

SOURCE FOR COMPARISON CHART: Olsby, Gary. Bible History Overview: New Testament

 

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