Hebrews 1:1-4 – Encounter Jesus

Read Hebrews 1:1-4

If you’ve spent any time at all reading prophecies in the Old Testament, you are very familiar with the salutation to the book of Hebrews which talks about how God speaks to us through the prophets. It’s true that God’s prophetic messages are still relevant and applicable to us today. Many of those prophecies point directly to Jesus.

The book of Hebrews is like an eloquent sermon burning with passion. The author is unknown but appears to draw from eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life of ministry. Several main themes dominate. One is that Jesus Christ is superior to everyone and everything. We will see descriptions showing how Jesus fulfills prophecy and the promises of God. The other focus is simply to give encouragement to the Jewish Christians, likely 2nd or 3rd generation. Not all Jews had accepted Jesus as their Messiah, so the Jewish Christians needed this encouragement, so they didn’t fall back into their old ways.

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1 Corinthians 1:1-9 – What We Need

Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

stone shaped heart being held in a hand

Don’t feel awkward about reading someone else’s mail. As we get started with Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, it might feel a little like we’ve invaded a personal relationship. Instead, feel the peace and grace of God that Paul wishes on the young church.

“I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you.” Paul is one of those Bible heroes that I look forward to having long conversations with some day. When I read his letters, I imagine he is writing to me, and that is exactly how we should approach Paul’s letters. It will also be helpful to think about what the original audience would have been thinking.  

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