Welcome to the book of Hebrews. For reals, no more letters from Paul. However, I suppose some would argue this point. You see, there’s something different about the book of Hebrews…no one knows who wrote it. Of course, there’s lots of speculation – Paul, Apollos, Barnabas – but no clear winners. Even though it was attributed to Paul in the early centuries of the church, most today don’t think that’s the case.
You’ll notice right off that if doesn’t look or sound like any of Paul’s earlier letters. He doesn’t identify himself, there’s no from/to, the writing style is different…it just doesn’t sound like Paul. It reads more like a white paper. Lots of facts, very analytical, very cerebral. Personally, my vote is on Apollos. He was so smart, and, as we know from reading Acts, once Priscilla and Aquilla set him straight on the Gospel, he was unstoppable. He would preach the Gospel from wherever he happened to be.
Spot On in its Theology
But regardless who actually authored it, you’ll see right away why Hebrews was included in the canon. It is spot on in its theology and its overview of the Gospel. Like a sermon, Hebrews is full of encouragement, exhortations, and stern warnings. And the theme is powerful. It’s stated this way on esv.org: Jesus Christ is greater than any angel, priest, or old covenant practice. Christians must not forsake the great salvation that Jesus has brought about. They must hold on by faith to the true rest found in Christ, and they must encourage others in the church to do the same.
Hebrews has thirteen chapters, so we’ll park here for a little longer than the most recent reads. Trust me when I say that you will know the tenets of your faith better after finishing Hebrews. I look forward to your comments at Lifting Her Voice, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.