But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…. Hebrews 1:1-2a
I’m beginning a study of the book of Hebrews so I decided to look up what Dr. MacArthur had to say to introduce the book.
“Peter said, ‘Neither is there salvation in any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.’ There is no other way to God. Jesus Christ is superior to any method, any religion, any kind of philosophy, anything that exists. Jesus Christ is superior. He is the preeminent one, and unless a man puts his faith in Jesus Christ that man is doomed. For it is Christ alone who is God’s revelation and God’s redeemer.” (Introduction to Hebrews by John MacArthur)
- The theme of the book of Hebrews is Jesus Christ’s Superiority (or Preeminence).
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.