“God Spoke”

Jewish people who had accepted Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah were the original recipients of the epistle to the Hebrews. However, they were being tempted to turn their backs on Christ and return to life and faith under the Old Covenant. Therefore, the author began his letter to these Jewish Christians of the first century by making clear that the God of the Jews Who spoke in time past to their ancestors also spoke in the last days to them by His Son, Jesus Christ (1:1-4). By drifting away from the revelation brought by Jesus they were in essence drifting away from the God they claimed to know and love (2:1-3). Also, because Jesus is far superior to the prophets through whom God spoke in Old Testament times, and because He is far better than the angels who took part in delivering the Old Covenant, these Jewish believers must give even more attention to the revelation God spoke through His Son. This book also warns us that we will not escape God’s judgment if we neglect the great salvation brought to us in Jesus Who purged our sins on the cross, was raised from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of God.