Your view of the Lord Jesus Christ matters; it has eternal consequences. “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” (1 John 5:1) and, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).
The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews was pastorally burdened that those who had professed Christ as their Lord and Saviour persevere in that confession. Many were under pressure to turn away from Christ and to turn back to the old covenant rather than to endure the “offence of the cross.”
He therefore opens this letter pointing them to the truth that the Lord Jesus Christ was God’s final Word (vv. 1-2a) as well as God’s pastoral Word (vv. 2b-3). And this was so because Jesus is God’s preeminent Word (vv. 4-14) with a preeminent name, “Son.” In this passage, the writer quotes seven Old Testament texts as evidence that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Here we see several reasons why we should listen to this preeminent Word; why we should continue to believe in God’s Son.
We will study these under two major headings followed by some important applications.