HEBREWS STUDY OUTLINE

HEBREWS

Hebrews is a book of exhortation

  • A letter of exhortation to believers (13:22)

Hebrews is a book of warnings

  • Warning not to neglect our great salvation.
  • Warning not to harden our hearts against the Holy Spirit.
  • Warning not to become slothful.
  • Warning not to draw back into apostasy.
  • Warning of sin and rejection of Jesus.

Hebrews is a book of comparisons

  • Jesus is greater than the prophets.
  • Jesus is greater than the angels.
  • Jesus is greater than Moses.
  • Jesus is greater than Joshua.
  • Jesus’ priesthood is greater than the priesthood of Aaron.
  • The new covenant is greater than the old.
  • The blood of Christ is greater than the blood of animals.

Hebrews is a book of redemption themes

  • The sufferings and exaltation of Jesus Christ
  • The high priestly ministry of Christ
  • The new covenant
  • The blood of Christ
  • The reward for enduring faith

The outline of Hebrews

  • The Son in whom God speaks is greater than the prophets ( 1:1-2).
  • The glory of the Son (1:3).
  • The superiority of the Son to angels (1:4-7).
  • The exaltation of the Son (1:8-14).
  • FIRST WARNING: Not to neglect our great salvation (2:1-3).
  • God’s power confirming the gospel – a foretaste of the world to come (2:4-5).
  • Humanity lower than angels (2:6-8).
  • Jesus humanity and suffering for us (2:9-10).
  • Jesus accepts us as his brethren (2:11-13).
  • Jesus defeated the devil (2:14-15).
  • Jesus is the seed of Abraham (2:16).
  • Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest (2:17-18).
  • Jesus is the apostle and high priest of our faith (3:1).
  • Jesus was faithful to God (3:2).
  • Jesus is greater than Moses (3:3-6).
  • SECOND WARNING: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (3:7-11). Do not harden your heart through the deceitfulness of sin (3:12-15).
  • Israel fail in the wilderness because of unbelief (3:16-19).
  • We are to fear God and learn from Israel’s example in the wilderness (Hebrews 4:1-2).
  • Entering into God’s true Sabbath rest: the finished work of Christ (Hebrews 4:3-11).
  • Nothing hid from Christ (Hebrews 4:12-13).
  • Our great high priest in the heavens (4:14-16).
  • The ministry of the high priest ( 5:1-4).
  • Christ called to be a high priest (5:5-6).
  • Christ perfected as high priest ( 5:7-11).
  • THIRD WARNING: Slothfulness which results in apostasy (5:1-6:12).
    • Spiritual growth and the Word of God (5:12-14).
    • The principles of the doctrines of Christ (6:1-3).
    • Qualifications for permeate apostasy  (6:4-8).
    • Exhortation to the brethren – God’s faithfulness (6:9-11).
    • Warning against slothfulness (6:12).
  • Abraham our example of faith and patience (6:12-15).
  • God’s promises and oaths give strong confidence (6:16-18).
  • Jesus, in the presence of God, is our hope (Hebrews 6:19-20).
  • Abraham and Melchisedek (7:1-2).
  • Melchisedek, a type of Christ (7:2-4).
  • Melchisedek in contrast to Aaron and the Levites (7:5-11).
  • The change of priesthood and law (7:12).
  • The priesthood of Jesus Christ in contrast to the priesthood of Aaron (7:13-24).
  • The ministry of Jesus in the heavens (7:25-8:2).
  • The purpose of the ministry of an high priest (8:3  -4 see also 5:1-3).
  • The priesthood under the law was an example and shadow of Christ (8:5).
  • Jesus has a more excellent ministry than the old testament priests (Hebrews 8:6).
  • The fault of the first covenant (8:7-8).
  • The new covenant replaced the old (8:8-13).
  • The ordinances of divine service under the first covenant (9:1-10).
  • Christ fulfills the old testament foreshadowing (9:11-15).
  • Testaments and the death of the testator (9:16-17).
  • The first testament dedicate with the blood of sacrificial animals (9:18-22).
    • The first covenant had to be law, because the blood of animals could not take away sin. Only the blood of Jesus can take away sin.
  • Christ, fulfills the old testament type and his ministry in the heavens (9:23-28).
  • The sacrifices under the shadow (the law) had no power to put away sin (10:1-4).
  • Christ came to do the will of God (10:5-10).
  • The ineffectiveness of the priests under the law (10:11).
  • The finished work of Jesus Christ (10:12-14).
  • The Holy Spirit’s witness of the finished work of Christ & the new covenant (10:15-18).
  • The invitation to come boldly before God by the blood of Jesus and the high priestly ministry of Christ (10:19-22).
  • Exhortations to preserver in faith (10:23-25).
  • FOURTH WARNING: Willful sinning and drawing back (10:26-39).
  • The faith of the great cloud of witnesses (11:1-12:1).
  • Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (12:2-4).
  • The chastening of the Lord (12:5-11).
  • Exhortation to press on in faith (12:12-14).
  • FIFTH WARNING: The summation of all the other warnings – beware of sin and rejection of Jesus (12:15-29).
  • Exhortation to live a godly life daily (13:1-19)
    • continue in brotherly love
    • entertain strangers
    • remember those who are in prison
    • remember those who are being mistreated
    • be faithful in marriage
    • do not love money
    • remember God’s promise to never fail or leave them
    • remember those who have taught them the word of God and follow their faith
    • do not be carried away by various and strange doctrines
    • establish your hearts in grace
    • bear the Lord’s reproach (i.e., suffer for his name)
    • offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually in the name of Jesus
    • don’t neglect doing good to the needy
    • submit to those who are their leaders in the Lord
    • continue praying for him (the writer) and those with him.
  • Prayer of encouragement (13:20-21).
  • Appeal to accept the epistle as a letter of exhortation (13:22).
  • The complimentary close (13:23-25).

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For teachings that major in the epistle of Hebrews follow the links below:

Hebrews, a book of exhortation to believers 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/hebrews-a-book-of-exhortation-to-believers/

The exaltation of the Son of God 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/the-exalted-son-of-god-hebrews-chapter-one/

The warnings in Hebrews 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/the-warnings-in-hebrews/

 

After the order of Melchisedek 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/after-the-order-of-melchisedek/

The new covenant with Israel

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/the-new-covenant-with-israel/

Cleansed from dead works 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/cleansed-from-dead-works/

Lo, I come to do Thy will

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/lo-i-come-to-do-thy-will-o-god/

Once for all

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/once-and-for-all/

The blood of Jesus speaks better things than that of Abel’s 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/the-blood-of-jesus-speaks-better-things-than-abels-2/

Atonement 

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/atonement/

What about Ezekiel’s temple ?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/what-about-ezekiels-temple/

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