The Central Message of Hebrews (pt.5)

—Hebrews 7–10

  • Andrew Fountain – Feb 12, 2017

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The problem then:

  • is this new way worth suffering for?
  • is it worth dying for?
  • how sure can I be that it is better than the old?
  • Does it give me better access to God?

The problem now:

  • There are huge forces active in this world
    • natural disasters, the whole economic system could collapse
    • We hear about more war and killing than ever
  • Plus personal disasters, loved ones dying or leaving us
  • Does God care, or will he abandon me
  • If he does, how do I get access to him?

The book of Hebrews is about:

  • persevering in trusting God, even in difficulty
  • but how can I be sure it is going to work? That this is the truth?
  • If I am sure then I will persevere and not fall away
  • Faith always needs to based on a sure rock
  • Christ became human and in his weakness overcame sin,
    so now we can relate to him and look to him as the ultimate sacrifice.
  • He has become the reality of the Old Testament picture of the promise.
    • In him there is the new tabernacle which is God’s direct presence.
    • Jesus’ blood is the sacrifice.
    • This is the new promise and covenant.
  • And so we can live in the promise today
    • and rest in the promise
    • and hold on to Christ in the hard times
    • with faith that we will receive our inheritance in the things (promises) that are unseen,
    • and in this promise we can live a life of Christ and love one another.

What a priest is and why do we need one?

  • Vos: The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews p.94–95

Hebrews 7–10

Link to Hebrews 7-10 notes.


  • You have direct access to centre of the universe
  • A perfect priest brings you to God
  • He has made a new way for you: Straight in!
  • And he had cleansed you so thoroughly that you can walk in with total confidence

Hebrews 6:19

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast”