Homer A. Kent Jr. presents a careful commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews, designed to help the reader towards clearer understanding of the book’s important issues. He begins each of the three main sections—Doctrinal Discussion, Practical Exhortations, and Personal Instructions—with his own literal translation of the text as an aid in arriving at the author’s thought. His clear exposition references numerous other authors and sources. Kent also presents illustrations and charts to aid in readers’ understanding. Kent takes the reader beyond the well-known “heroes of the faith” passages to discover Hebrews’ grand argument and its stirring challenge to believers.
“This rest of eternal blessedness and fulfilment is what God wants to share with His children.” (Page 82)
“This had already happened in Israel’s history when a whole nation which supposedly trusted the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was exposed as having no real faith at all.” (Page 88)
“Christianity was thus deeply rooted in Old Testament revelation, and its first followers so understood it.” (Page 14)
“Old Testament saints depended for their access to the manifested presence of God and to their covenant privileges upon an external sprinkling of blood upon a material altar. New Testament believers may look back in faith to Christ’s work at Calvary, and rejoice in that inward purification obtained by the blood of the Lamb of God and applied to the guilt of an evil conscience. The author has found the fulfilment of Old Testament ritual in the reality of the Christian’s spiritual experience.” (Page 200)
“There remains one final action of this high priest. Even as the Jewish priest emerged from the holy of holies, signifying by the very fact of his emergence that his sacrifice had been accepted (otherwise he would have been divinely stricken in the inner chamber), so Christ will also appear a second time. Those who await him are all true believers, for whom Christ’s second coming will mean the consummation of their salvation.” (Page 182)