The Deity of Christ
Hebrews begins by laying the foundation of faith in Christ. Our image of Christ is essential to our faith. If our view of Jesus Christ is flawed, we do not have a foundation on which we can build our faith. Many false religions name the name of Jesus, but their Jesus is not the Christ of the Bible. A false Jesus cannot give salvation. The single greatest area of attack against Christianity is the divinity of Christ. Jesus' question "Who do you say that I am" is the acid test of faith. The Bible tells us that anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ is not of God. What confuses people is that false teachers use the name Jesus Christ but redefine it to fit their unbiblical doctrines. When the Bible says that anyone who professes Jesus Christ is speaking by the Holy Spirit, it should be understood that this means 'Christ' as defined by the Bible. The determining factor is not whether they use the name Jesus Christ, but whether they hold to the Jesus Christ of scripture.
If we are worshipping a false Christ, we are committing idolatry. We are also violating the foundation of God's commands. The very first commandment God spelled out is, "Thou shall not have any other gods before me". If we create, or follow a god created that does not represent God as He has revealed Himself through scriptures, we do not have faith, but a counterfeit religion. Because our belief in Christ is so important, the book of Hebrews begins by explaining in unmistakable detail just who this Christ really is. If you don't understand Christ, you can't move ahead. The foundation must be laid before our faith can be built into a strong relationship with God. There are four absolutes that we must build our faith on that are explained in this introduction.
1. Jesus completed all things.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by Hi ...
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