R4E130705 – Hebrews Bridge Between The Testaments by Douglas Jacoby
- There are several books in the NT that intimate connect with the OT, like Matthew, Colossians, yet
- The books that best illuminate the gospel in the light of the OT are Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews.
- The new covenant is superior to the old covenant in every way. (I find 13 points of contrast — see how many you can locate.)
- Jesus fulfills the Law. Therefore
- We lose our salvation if we turn our backs on Jesus. Don’t drift back to the old religion (2:1)!
Jesus is not just superior, but supreme
- PROPHETS — God’s revelation through his Son (1:1-4) means that he is superior to the prophets.
- ANGELS — Jesus superior to the angels (1:5-2:18). See also Colossians 2:14-3:1.
- MOSES — Jesus superior to Moses (3:1-19). See also Deuteronomy 18:15-19.
- JOSHUA — Jesus superior to Joshua (4:1-13)
- PRIESTHOOD — Jesus superior to the OT priests (4:14-9:14).
- Superior sacrifice, offered through
- A superior priesthood — in the order of Melchizedek (Genesis 14, Psalm 110)
- Combining priest in king
- King in Zion / Salem (Jerusalem)
- Bread and wine
- Superior to Abraham
- Not Jewish — outside the system
- Through Hebrews we understand the relationship between the covenants:
- The first covenant was to be superseded by the other, because,
- Even though the way of Moses was good (and anticipated, paralleled, and was fulfilled in the way of Christ),
- The first testament was inferior to the second.
- Yet the point is not simply that the way of Christ is superior to the law of Moses, but that in every way Jesus Christ is supreme.