Bible Studies

  • Category: Religion
  • Words: 1480
  • Grade: 69

        The Letter to the Hebrews is one of the legion writings in the New Testament.
Although no one has been proven to be the author of the Letter to the Hebrews, many
people infer Paul is the author. Because there is no address on the title page, no author is
given complete acknowledgment One can also make the argument that Paul was not the
writer, due to reference in the Letters of Paul. We see an example that Paul is the true
author due to the book of Timothy. In chapters thirteen and twenty-three, there is
mention of The Letter to the Hebrews being written by Paul and gathers who traveled
with him. The Letters to the Hebrews teachings were directed to the Jewish Christians. I
I assumed that the Jewish Christians would have been afraid to be persecuted such as
Jesus was. But actually their circumstances were they lost their Christianity. When they
did not accept Paul's letters, they slowly lost all morals and the way to Christianity. Since
Christianity was not accepted by others, it was very difficult to express their love and
passion for Jesus. While interpreting The Letters to the Hebrews, the Bible makes
reference to two major themes. One of the themes is that of the excursion of the disciples
of God to Jerusalem. This theme shows us and connects us with Jesus and the after life.
This is theme is of immense importance, but there is one theme, which is known as the
primary theme. The Bible states that, "Priesthood and sacrifice of Jesus is not developed
for its own sake but as a means of restoring their lost fervor and strengthening them in
their faith."(Hebrews Introduction) This theme represents loyalty and honor in Christian
faith. It shows how Jesus restores faith in all of the non believers and even those who
believe whole heartily. The problem the author sees with Christianity is fatigue with the
demands of Christianity and an unconcern to their calling. The comparison of Christ with
the personalities of the Old Testament suggest an audience of readers with which the
author, Paul, was dealing. During the Old Testament, many of the writing were about the
crucifixion of Jesus. When Jesus was sent to have a trial with the Sanhedrian, many of his
followers thought it was a meeting. The members of the Sanhedrian, however; found
Jesus guilty of blasphemy. He was sent to the Roman leader Pontius Pilate. Pilate did
whatever he could to save Jesus. Pilate took Jesus and another prisoner by the name of
Barrabus, and went to the people. Since it was during Passover, Pilate had the choice to
release one prisoner. The people chanted for Barrabus to be released, and for Jesus to be
crucified. Jesus was taken away to be beaten. He dragged his cross across the streets, as
people watched and taunted him. The death of Jesus made the followers lose their way.
They had no incentive to go to streets and preach the word of the lord. When his disciples
heard the town's people chant for Barrabus, a well known criminal, to be released over the
Messiah, the disciple's beliefs died. Not only did they not know what to do, they
pondered if they shall ever believe again. While all these great figures of the Old
Testament lived by faith, they were only missing one characteristic in their life. This
characteristic was salvation. The followers were missing the final greeting from God for
all their work for spreading the word. Salvation commences with the physical world and
continues, but never ends, into everlasting life with God. In the Letters to the Hebrews,
we witness God's plan. The work of Jesus, God's only son, to be the cause for salvation.
So this proves without Jesus' teachings, there wouldn't be as many followers or disciples.
The people who did not't believe in Jesus as the Messiah, couldn't receive salvation
because they didn't believe in him. Salvation couldn't be received until Christianity was
accepted by leaders and became popular among the people. Only those who believed in
Christ, as the son of Man and the Messiah, perceived salvation. The death of Jesus and his
crucifixion symbolizes and demonstrates salvation. The journey of the Christian was
rewarded by Heaven. As mentioned before, when you die, you have external life with
God. The earth world is a short life where you spend your life devoting yourself to God
and as a reward you get eternal happiness and unconditional love as God always provides
for us. I could summarize the meaning of Jesus for this author in many ways. The letter
to the Hebrews, according to me, is about loyalty. Paul wrote these letters because he is
one of the most loyal disciples to Jesus, and one of the most important disciples as well.
Paul taught me that if you concentrate on being an ideal Christian I will saved by Jesus'
powers. It also shows that we as people have to reflect on the priesthood of Christ. This
fulfills the promises Jesus made in the Old Testament. We have to realize that God
forgives and God loves unconditionally. He rinses us clean of all our sins if we repent to
him. When we repent, we are saved by God and we will receive the promise land when
our time comes. This book applies to me in several ways. In my opinion, this is an ideal
book for the New Testament. I think it's an ideal book because it directs me on how to be
an ideal Christian. For example, if I have an exam tomorrow that I didn't study and
prepare for, the chances of me failing are incredibly high. Suppose I were to cheat? That
would be going against being an ideal Christian. To be strong and not cheat, to take the
failing grade is the right thing to do. Even if I am not caught by my teachers, God knows
my mistakes and lies I made and why I did such a thing. This book applies to me in
several ways. First, it shows me what it's like to show real honor, trust, and loyalty to
someone. Personally, I would be afraid to show loyalty and trust towards Jesus. I don't
think I am at the point in my life where I would die for Jesus. I can, however; still put the
Letters to the Hebrews to use in my everyday life. When I am making a decision, which
could impact my life, I also think of the consequences. I also ask myself one question.
Will this make me a better Christian? This questions brings me to my next point. The
Letters to the Hebrews shows many times what an ideal Christian is. A person who has
morals and standards. No one is perfect, which is why I repent my sins to God, when I
know I have used wrongful judgment. The church can utilize the Letters to the Hebrews.
As I have mentioned before, the church uses this book to inform its members. The church
is a reminder, and the they use a Bible as a guide to form the perfect Christian. We use
the Letters to the Hebrews as a source for growing the relationship I, and many others,
have with God. We can use the Letters to the Hebrews for prayer when we have faulted
as a Christians, and want to repent and grow back. There are many problems in the world
today in which people could use the Letters to the Hebrews in a situation. An example of
a problem could be murder, stealing, and cheating. These are just a few disasters in the
world that can be abolished by following the Letters to the Hebrews. The church could
also teach us about how Jesus suffered and died on the cross for three hours for his
disciples. We should make a list or a chart of how God's will for us differs from our will
for God. When we have met all the commands and calls for God we have become the
ideal Christian.
        In conclusion, by reading the Letters to the Hebrews I have learned many things. I
have learned that we can make mistakes as long as we repent our sins. We can prevent
these mistakes happening in the future by asking ourselves a few questions of our morals
and standards. By loving God and answering to him, we are on our way to becoming an
ideal Christian. We have to restore and strengthening our faith by praying to these Letters
to the Hebrews. Our life is short compared to the life that could possibly be waiting for us
when at the hour of our death. To be brought into Heaven, we must do what it takes to
remain loyal, trustworthy and honorful to God.

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