“Few studies can be more profitable to Christians today than that of the Epistle to the Hebrews,” says Richard Phillips. “Written . . . to a group of Jewish Christians facing persecution in the mid-first century AD, the words of this book speak to Christians everywhere about standing firm in Jesus Christ.”
Hebrews captures the challenges and pitfalls of people throughout the ages and shows both why and how to press on in the faith. Its message of warning and hope centers on the surpassing supremacy of Jesus, seen often from the vantage point of the Old Testament.
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“First, if God speaks in the Bible, then the Bible carries divine authority.” (Page 11)
“It seems that the writer of Hebrews deliberately chose a word that has a broad and rich array of meanings, all of which are to the point. Faith is the substance of things hoped for; it is the foundation upon which they are brought into being; it is a confident attitude toward those things God has promised; and it is the guarantee that gives us a sure possession even now.” (Page 394)
“An apostle is one who is sent to represent God before men, and to speak and act on his behalf; a high priest represents men before God and offers a sacrifice for their sins. Moses was the only Old Testament figure to fulfill both of these functions, and as such he pointed forward to Jesus, whom we proclaim as the apostle and high priest of our confession.” (Page 84)
“The third mark of the toothless, infant believer is an inability to discern the sound from the unsound.” (Page 180)
“This, along with the letter’s content, argues persuasively that these were Jewish Christians who were under pressure to renounce the faith and return to Judaism.” (Page 7)
Richard Phillips’ Hebrews is faithful to the text, cordially committed to confessional Reformed orthodoxy, and alert to practical implications for the life of the church. Phillips keeps the focus where it is for the writer of Hebrews: on God’s ‘last days’ speaking ‘in his Son.’ This volume, which can be read with profit by a wide audience, should serve to remedy the relative neglect of this important New Testament book in the proclamation and life of the churches of the Reformation. Along with the other volumes in this series, this commentary should contribute to preaching and teaching that more fully echo the whole counsel of God.
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
The first liturgical reform of the Protestant Reformation was the implementation of lectio continua expository preaching in Zurich in 1519. Sequential Bible exposition has been a hallmark of Reformed Protestantism ever since. . . . Richard D. Phillips is among the most gifted young preachers of our day. In his hands, Hebrews receives the kind of careful, scholarly, contemporary, and practical exposition that is so desperately needed today.
—Terry Johnson, pastor, Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA
Hebrews emphasizes that God still speaks about Christ and his people through his written Word. Phillips’ expository addresses ring with that authenticity, whether by way of admonition or assurance.
—Hywel R. Jones, professor of practical theology, Westminster Seminary, California