No other book of the New Testament draws so much of its imagery and textual basis from the Old Testament as does Hebrews. Learn who Melchizedek is and why Jesus is called our high priest, as Cockerill leads you into the mystery, symbolism, and practical application of Hebrews.
“The first subsection (11:1–7) makes it clear that faith is living life in light of the reality of God and in the assurance that He fulfills His promises. This kind of faith is necessary to please God (11:6).” (Page 230)
“The joy God set before him (12:2) was not so much the joy of returning to heaven, a joy He had had from all eternity, but the joy of bringing God’s sons and daughters across the finish line into God’s presence.” (Page 272)
“If we let sin harden our hearts in this way, we will live only for what we can see. We will give in to the pressures that would turn us from Christ and begin to set our hearts on the fleeting pleasures of time to the loss of the ever-satisfying joys of eternity. The modern world in which we live is ever intensifying its pressure to turn Christians away from complete loyalty to Christ. Unbelievers do not mind if we call ourselves Christians, so long as we do not take a stand for righteousness.” (Page 91)
“The fact that He sits at God’s right hand reminds believers that His present intercessory ministry does not involve getting down on His knees to beg. The Father and the Son are together in ministering grace to God’s faithful people.” (Page 205)
“From beginning to end the preacher expresses his urgent concern that his hearers enter into the grace their High Priest makes available. He wants them to live lives that demonstrate an appropriate response to that grace.” (Page 210)
Gareth Lee Cockerill is the author of Hebrews (2012) in the prestigious NICNT commentary series. He is professor emeritus of New Testament and biblical theology at Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi, and an associate fellow of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology, Cambridge, UK. Other interests include the canon of Scripture, the relevance of the Old Testament, and cross-cultural interpretation. He and his wife Rosa served for nine years in Sierra Leone, West Africa.