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To this point in our study of the book of Hebrews, the writer of Hebrews has been driving home a point. The point he is driving home is-in the Lord Jesus Christ what we have in Him is better than anything we have previously experienced or known before.
He is writing primarily to Hebrew Christians. He is saying to them that in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have a superior person. He is far better than Moses, He is far better than any high priest that you had in the Old Testament economy. In the Lord Jesus Christ you have a better provision. He has provided for our salvation in his death by the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary. In the Lord Jesus Christ we have a better high priest. ''And having an high priest over the house of God'' (v. 21).
He has been over and over; driving home the truth that Jesus is better. Now, having explained the truth, he is going to apply the truth. This is always what the New Testament does-the letters of the New Testament in particular. When you read the letters of the new, most of them have a very common arrangement. In the first part of the letter, he will talk about Bible truth. He will give us doctrine. Then, he will say, ''therefore.'' He will apply that doctrine to daily life.
Bible truth is never intended to be just information. You don't read the Bible just to gain information. You don't study your Bible to just see how many facts you can accumulate. Bible truth is always written with a practical point of view, with a practical purpose in mind.
The New Testament letters will talk about doctrine, and then they will talk about what is our duty on the basis of that doctrine. It will talk about the truth that we are to believe and then how that truth is to affect our behavior. It is not just theological truth that we get in the Bible, but we also get truth which has a practical application.
The truth he has been driving home is ...
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