Hebrews is a thorough and wide-ranging look at Jesus' place in fulfillment of much of the expectations and unfulfilled faith of the Old Testament. Pentecost guides the reader through the rich historical meaning and contemporary applications of Hebrews.
While the details of our lives may differ from those of the people to whom the book of Hebrews was written, there are some things that never change. We live in a hostile, unredeemed world, in an unredeemed body, and have an unredeemed nature within us. Because we belong to Christ, we are targets of the enemy's attack...
"The help the author of Hebrews gave to those in circumstances similar to ours will provide the help we need to live victoriously by faith. His exhortations to patiently endure and his warnings against moving backward in our spiritual experience are still valid. They show us the importance of walking by faith." —from the Preface to the print edition
This verse-by-verse study of one of the New Testament's most challenging books not only provides helpful insights into the structure and meaning of Hebrews, but also emphasizes the practical application of its truth in numerous "mini-commentaries" located throughout the book.
“But since David promised rest long after Joshua had completed the conquest, it is evident that this promise is a continuing promise that may always be realized by faith. The conclusion we can draw, then, is that ‘there remains therefore a rest for the people of God’ (4:9). And the writer makes it very clear that this rest is not realized by human effort, but by faith (4:10).” (Page 85)
“Please notice that the people who had been redeemed by faith on the night of the first Passover did not lose their status as a redeemed nation—but they did forfeit the blessings and the privileges that were to have been theirs in the land, and they forfeited a life of peace and rest.” (Page 81)
“The author’s application of this principle is that when we—by faith—enter into a life of rest, it is no longer necessary to attain, but only to maintain that rest into which we have entered by faith.” (Page 84)
“The apostle certainly is not threatening them with loss of salvation, but rather warning them that the physical, temporal judgment that was to come on those who were the adversaries of Christ and His followers would fall upon them as well.” (Page 169)
“If a believer has used the Word in the past but now no longer uses the Word, he will move backward spiritually from maturity to immaturity.” (Page 100)