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The Book of Hebrews

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

"THE EMERALD THRONE ROOM SCENE IN HEAVEN" BY PAT MARVENKO SMITH 1982

"THE EMERALD THRONE ROOM SCENE IN HEAVEN" BY PAT MARVENKO SMITH 1982

The Book of Hebrews

This is a brief summary of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Bible.

God spoke through the prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Now He has spoken to us through His Son, the creator and heir of all things. Jesus Christ is the express image of God and the brightness of His Glory. Christ is our great and faithful High Priest.

Beware, brothers and sisters, of any among you with an evil heart who does not believe in the living God, lest your heart be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

The Holy Scriptures are alive and powerful. The Creator can read the intentions of the hearts and minds of all His creatures. All things are naked and open to Him—to whom we must one day explain our conduct. Hold fast to your belief in Jesus the Son of God. He can sympathize with our weaknesses because He became a man who was tempted as we are but yet without sin. Come boldly to the throne of divine love to obtain forgiveness.

"TRANSFIGURATION" BY RAPHAEL 1517

"TRANSFIGURATION" BY RAPHAEL 1517

Who Is Jesus

Christ came in the flesh but did not glorify Himself. He prayed humbly and earnestly to His father. Jesus became the Author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.

We cannot be saved by our good deeds. Salvation requires repentance and faith toward God.

Jesus has made us certain that there is now a New Testament—and New Covenant (a binding promise from God that we will live forever after death if we follow the teachings of the New Testament).

Jesus will intercede for us before God the Father as our holy and undefiled High Priest. He has the power to save us from destruction. He is our Mediator in the New Covenant taught in this New Testament.

"BEHOLD THE MAN" BY ANTONIO CISERI 1856

"BEHOLD THE MAN" BY ANTONIO CISERI 1856

Draw Near to God

Christ, being without blemish, offers his blood (through the Holy Spirit) to clean your conscience to serve the Living God. Those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance, after death and judgment. Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. He shall come again at the end of this age to judge the quick and the dead.

We have been set apart for the purposes of God through the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit witnesses to us, so we may draw near to God with a true heart, fully confident in our faith. Hold fast to your hope and belief without wavering, for God is faithful regarding His promises.

"CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST" BY TINTORETTO 1568

"CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST" BY TINTORETTO 1568

God Disciplines Those He Loves - As All Good Fathers Do

In the Old Testament are the stories of many remarkable men of faith, such as Noah, Abraham and Moses. Now we, surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, lay aside the weight of sin, which so easily ensnares us. Let us with endurance run the race set before us, looking to Jesus, who endured the cross for us.

God may inflict Christians with suffering for the purposes of our moral improvement. What child is not disciplined by its Father? We respect human fathers who correct us as it seems best to them. Let us be in submission to God our Father even more so if He disciplines us, that we may partake in His holiness.

Now, being disciplined is no joy at the time—it's painful. But afterward, the training of God yields perfect peace; and the quality of being virtuous and morally upright.

"DOUBTING THOMAS" BY CARAVAGGIO 1603

"DOUBTING THOMAS" BY CARAVAGGIO 1603

Faith is the Key

Christians are to assemble together to stir up love and good works in one another. We are to urge each other to remain true, for if we fall into rebellion our salvation is no longer sure. This would be to trample the Son of God underfoot and insult the Holy Spirit. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Christians have an enduring treasure waiting for them in heaven. Our faith is the substance of things hoped for. By faith we understand that the Universe was created by our Creator—that all we see was made by what we don't see. It is impossible to ever please God without faith. Obviously, to find favor with God one must believe that He Is—and believe that He will reward those who are constantly, persistently making an effort to know Him.

"ASCENSION OF CHRIST" BY REMBRANDT 1636

"ASCENSION OF CHRIST" BY REMBRANDT 1636

How Then Shall We Live?

If we turn away from Him who speaks from Heaven, we shall not escape. Let us have grace and serve God acceptably with reverence and awe.

Love your Brothers and Sisters in the Faith. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so, some have—without knowing it—entertained angels. Remember those in prison.

Treat marriage as honorable. Those who have sex outside of marriage or commit adultery will be judged by God. Do not desire what others have—be content with what you have.

"THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST" BY HARRY ANDERSON 1965

"THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST" BY HARRY ANDERSON 1965

Hold Fast to the Gospel

Do not fall for strange, exotic new doctrines.

By Jesus Name, let us continually offer praise to God—the fruit of our lips. Do good and share what you have with those in need, for God is well please with such sacrifices.

Pray for each other. May the God of peace who raised our Lord Jesus from the dead, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will; working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 07, 2012:

stessily— Thank you! Your favorite passage in the Book of Hebrews is one that too love.

I surely appreciate your gracious compliments. Thank you for visiting this Hub. I always enjoy your thoughtful comments.

stessily on January 05, 2012:

James, Your summary nicely highlights this New Testament book.

My favorite passage is 13:2, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

It would be impossible, I think, to reference this book without that powerful passage. You nicely inserted it into your summary.

Well done!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 17, 2011:

April Reynolds— HubPages is a wonderful community of fine folks. I am sure you will enjoy your time here. God Bless!

April Reynolds from Arizona on December 16, 2011:

Thank you! I am enjoying being here, there is so much to learn.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 16, 2011:

April Reynolds— You are quite welcome. Thank you for expressing your appreciation of this article.

I love your Profile Page. I look forward to reading your articles, which I will attend to soon. Welcome to the HubPages Community! :-)

April Reynolds from Arizona on December 12, 2011:

Thank you James, This is a good summary of Hebrews. I hope to begin studying it in depth next year!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2009:

linda-patriot— Thank you! I always enjoy being blessed by your comments. I appreciate your encouragement very much, Linda. God Bless.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2009:

50 Caliber— I have missed hearing from you, too, my friend. I haven't published anything in three weeks as I have been away from home. But I'll be redeeming the time shortly. :-)

You are welcome and thank you for your kind words.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 26, 2009:

writerscramp570— I very much appreciate your gracious comments. I am sorry I did not respond sooner but I have been in Israel most of the past two weeks! :D

God Bless You!

linda-patriot on October 16, 2009:

what a beautiful hub James! I love Hebrews as well. Gods Word is like music to my ears. We do have heaven to look forward to. I'll read this hub over again. Thanks james great job!

50 Caliber from Arizona on October 16, 2009:

I missed seeing you in my morning mail for a while, I now know where you've been! Doing your homework and doing it well.

Thanks for passing your keen insight on to all that will partake.

Herbert Lubitz from North East Pennsylvania on October 15, 2009:

I can't top the greatest comments here, but what I can say is God bless your love for jesus and Gods word, you captured a fine post. Keep up your journey, your doing great.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 13, 2009:

REF— Isn't that a great painting!? I love it, too. So much so, that I have used it in three Hubs. You are welcome and thank you for coming by and commenting.

REF on October 13, 2009:

Thank You for you hub. I love the Emerald Throne I have that picture on my pc just to enjoy.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 10, 2009:

John Z— Thank you, John. Thanks for letting me know you liked it.

John Z from Midwest on October 10, 2009:

Good Work, James.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 04, 2009:

rallove— Thank you for reading a leaving the most pithy comment I have ever received! :-)

rallove on October 04, 2009:

Respect!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 03, 2009:

Scott.Life— What a gracious thing to say, Scott. Thank you for the affirmation. It bolsters the confidence. :)

Scott.Life on October 03, 2009:

One day my friend I'm going to collect all your articles into a definitive volume of histories. it will hold an honored place on my bookshelf.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 02, 2009:

Kebennett1— Nice to you here! I saw you have been on a writing binge. That's great. I read a couple of them and have the rest saved for later. I have been buried in books all week long getting ready for my next Hub. I just finished it tonight. So, now I can get back to reading Hubs.

I love Hebrews and I love the particular art on this page, too. I found a couple of stunners there. Thank you so much for your ongoing encouragement. You have been a blessing to me.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 02, 2009:

stars439— I am so pleased that you love the Father as you do. That is the key to eternal life, my friend. I also love learning about the Lord. That is my quest. And I want to testify about what I learn to others. HubPages provides me with a great platform to do that with. God Bless HubPages! :)

Kebennett1 from San Bernardino County, California on October 02, 2009:

Sorry I haven't been around for a while. I wrote a 12 chapter Mini Series Tear Jerker :) I'm Back! This Hub is great. Hebrews is a fantastic book to begin with and you brought great life to it. I love the artwork as always. Hebrews pretty much sums up what Christianity is all about, Who Christ is and what Christians are supposed to act like doesn't it! I love it!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on October 02, 2009:

My love for our Heavenly Father has found and angel to take me by the hand to read and savor your wonderful and educational work. It is profoundly fantastic to love God, but also to learn as much as we can of our Lord in Heaven. God Bless You.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 29, 2009:

iantoPF— Thank you. All of the Epistles could be considered sermons, I think. Hebrews was thought to have been written by Paul for over 1000 years but modern scholarship, by studying philology, has concluded it is not Paul's work but probably Paul's mentor, Barnabas, or one of his acolytes, Apollos. It was only during going deep into it before writing this Hub that the thought struck me that it was Paul.

I appreciate you for taking the time to come and read, compare the Scriptures, and leave your fine comment and question. Thank you. :)

Peter Freeman from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales on September 29, 2009:

Another fascinating Hub. I got out my bible to compare your commentary. Excellent work.

There are a number of theologians who believe that Hebrews was not an Epistle as such but the recording of a sermon. It certainly reads as if it could be. Do you have any thoughts on that?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

steffsings— Thank you very much for this fine compliment.

steffsings from Pacific NorthWest on September 28, 2009:

Wonderful post, Infused with vivid clarity that really brings the message home.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

Tina Irene— Thank you! Well, I have a few "friends" (Fans) on HubPages who are Muslims and a few who are Jews, so I think I'll let that one just lie there. :)

But, I do not disagree with you. And I am very pleased you came to see me today.

Tina Irene on September 28, 2009:

James -

Another very beautiful hub!

On the topic of stress and Christianity:

A friend of my (a college professor) from the Dominican Republic once said to me (unsolicited by me and from out of the blue) that Christianity is the only sane belief system. I never thought of it that way until he said this and, upon comparison with other belief systems, I found I agreed with him.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

gusripper— Right. I get it. Heavy ideas. mmm . . . It doesn't cause me stress. But if it causes you stress, I'll try and understand. At least you came by and said hello. I appreciate that. :)

gusripper on September 28, 2009:

My friend a nice hub like always.Now about CHRISTIANITY and all books ,i think they add more stress in our lives,cause they born heavy ideas.My opinion

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

Ken R. Abell— Thank you, Ken. I appreciate your appreciation. :-)

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on September 28, 2009:

Well done, James. Appreciate your precise thinking & economy of words.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

GPAGE— Thank you, G. Always a pleasure to hear from you, lovely lass that you are, both inside and out. I just re-read the paragraph you mentioned and the writer of Hebrews does strike a chord there.

GPAGE from California on September 28, 2009:

James! Another successful hub......I do like the paragraph under "Resurrection of Jesus Christ." Anyway, to more successful hubs and adventures!!!! G

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

dusanotes— Thank you, Don. Mr. Anderson has a number of great paintings, some I like even better than this one, but it is hard to find a better picture of the Second Coming.

The art is beautiful, isn't it. I am glad you appreciated that.

I am grateful to you for your kind compliments.

dusanotes from Windermere, FL on September 28, 2009:

Excellent Hub, James. I liked your words, layout, and especially your beautiful paintings. I especially admire the Harry Anderson pictures of the Savior. It is all well put together and speaks well of you, James, the author of a great article. Don White

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 28, 2009:

jimcain207— You are welcome and I want to thank you for your readership and kind comments.

James Cain from Dayton Texas on September 28, 2009:

I appreciate this timely hub. It has a lot of depthness. Thanks for the insight. I always enjoy reading your hubs.Keep it up.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

Pamela99— I am so glad you did. Hebrews is a little complicated. After studying it anew this past week, I think Paul did write it, which puts me in the minority. It is different from his other letters. But it is the only one to the Hebrews after all.

Thank you for recognizing the gift God has given me. The praise and the glory go to Him.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2009:

James, I especially enjoyed this hub. It explained Hebrews, which I consider a lot to understand, very logically. You have a God given gift with your writing skill.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

june688— That's cool. There is a lot of wisdom in the Bible. Any of it you get surely can't hurt you. I'm glad you have one.

Thank you for coming to visit. It is meaningful to me that you did.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

advisor4qb— That's the best of both worlds! You got to oversleep and go to church, too. It's great that you are faithful in your worship. Also, a fine example for your children to see. God Bless You!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

Vladimir Uhri— You know it warms my heart to see that you've been to visit. I love your Hubs, brother. Thanks!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

infonaturale— Thank you so much! I appreciate it. Is that you in your avatar?

june688 on September 27, 2009:

I do have a Bible. I always read it when I have time. But I only enjoy some words.

advisor4qb from On New Footing on September 27, 2009:

I went to church after oversleeping, actually. I try to always go on Sunday. Sometimes I do miss Wednesday nights, though!

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on September 27, 2009:

Very good hub as usual. Good teaching Bro. Thanks.

infonaturale from Nigeria on September 27, 2009:

Wonderful summary of the book of Hebrews. It's really great.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

Tom Whitworth— Thank you so much, Tom. You are obviously blessed with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is the keynote to Heaven, my grandma must have told hundreds of times. I appreciate your support.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on September 27, 2009:

James I believe you are a great teller of the Greastest Message ever told. The Message of Jesus is THE MESSAGE of redemtion.The Message is accepted in our heart through the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

In spite of our own sins we must pray to The Father and Creator of all that ever was, is, and shall ever be, in the name of Jesus.

Thus our sins will be forgiven and like Jesus we also enjoy the everlating life with God The Father, and He who sits at His right hand.

May God bless and keep you brother.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

itakins— Printing it off for the kids? I am humbly honored by this. Thank you.

I appreciate your kind compliments. Thanks for reading!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

heyju— And as always, I am grateful for your appreciation. :-)

heyju on September 27, 2009:

James,

As always thank you.

itakins from Irl on September 27, 2009:

James ,

This is an absolutely wonderful piece...Printing it off for some edifying reading for the kids!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

Hello, hello,— Nice to hear from you! You are welcome. Thank you for your comment.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

DeBorrah K. Ogans— Thank you!

You always come in with beautiful comments. Your Hubs are quite edifying as well. Your affirmation is uplifting to me. I'm also pleased that you mentioned the beautiful artwork. Glory to the King!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

Gicky Soriano— It means a lot to me to receive this encouragement from you, Brother. God Bless You

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

jiberish— You have made me very happy with your words. Thank you for writing them to me.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

HOOWANTSTONO— Yes. I love your comment. We wouldn't stand a chance if God didn't see Jesus when He looks at us. Amen to that!

He lives in us and we live in Him. Thank you very much.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on September 27, 2009:

Hello James a most sincere thank you for your excellent hub.

DeBorrah K Ogans on September 26, 2009:

James A Watkins,

You have done a wonderful job here!

Hebrews shows a wonderful contrast between the Old and New Testaments! It tells us how we have direct access to God, we can approach His throne boldly! It is very liberating when you know that the Lord knows your heart!

As you stated "We have been set apart for the purposes of God through the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit witnesses to us, so we may draw near to God with a true heart, fully confident in our faith. Hold fast to your hope and belief without wavering, for God is faithful regarding His promises." Praise God!

Great commentary, beautiful illustrations as well!

Blessings

Gicky Soriano from California on September 26, 2009:

James, your take on the Epistle to the Hebrews is brief and to the point. An excellent hub as always. God bless you brother.

jiberish from florida on September 26, 2009:

You can't get this kind of education anywhere.I bet you are blessed a hundred fold for educating so many.

HOOWANTSTONO on September 26, 2009:

James A Watkins

One thing is certain, When God sees a believer he is looking at Jesus. If this was not so we wouldnt stand a chance. There is only one "Son", God is pleased with, and it was Jesus. so if he is in you then you are in him and we are one.

Great stuff

Go well

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 26, 2009:

ArchDynamics— I like succinct. Good thing to be. So, thanks, brother. I have some of those coins. Nancy and I gave some away last Christmas, too. That is a poignant story.

The internet is amazing. Nearly everything is there if you can find it.

It's always a pleasure to hear from you. Let's grab a bite the next open date you have.

ArchDynamics on September 26, 2009:

Hx said it perfectly ... succinct. hard to comment on that.

Per my comments on your last Blog, I had to laugh put loud. I had never heard of the proverbial 'Widow's Mite' you had mentioned a couple of weeks back.

I navigated to this page only to notice on the right-hand side the ad for "Widow's Mite Coins. Purchase authentic Biblical coins from time of Jesus Christ".

Just goes to show we might never have heard of something but somewhere in the Wild West of the Internet - there's a website for it!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 26, 2009:

advisor4qb— Thank you, dear. I enjoy hearing from you. I was preachin' it! Does that mean you can sleep in tomorrow? :D

advisor4qb from On New Footing on September 26, 2009:

Beautiful hub, as always, James. And I feel like I have been to church already!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 26, 2009:

Hxprof— Welcome first visitor! Thank you very much for the compliments. I'm so glad you came.

Hxprof on September 26, 2009:

Great summary of Hebrews James. You have a knack for succinct, accurate summaries.

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