Two important lessons from the book of Hebrews. First, Jesus Christ is superior to all. He is superior to the angels for He created the angels. He is greater than Moses because He is Moses’ creator and Lord. He is superior to the Old Covenant priesthood as He is God’s great, final, eternal high priest interceding on our behalf before the throne of God. He is greater than all the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant because He is, “The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” No thing and no person has greater significance than Jesus Christ.
And that leads us to the second great truth found in the book of Hebrews, The power and importance of faith. And not just any kind of faith, but faith in God, faith in God’s word, faith in Jesus Christ.
Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.””
(Galatians 2:16, NLT)
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
(Galatians 3:26, NLT)
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
(Romans 5:1, NLT)
Hebrews chapter 11 documents 17 witnesses to what a life of faith looks like. Today, we will begin a close look at the life of Abraham. And it becomes apparent in Abraham’s testimony that it is possible to be an imperfect, flawed human being and still be found righteous in God’s eyes because of faith. Yes, it is possible to be a sinner who makes great mistakes and commits great sins along the way and still be found righteous before God, but only through faith in Jesus Christ.
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” (Romans 4:5, NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NLT)
In fact, it says, “The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” (Romans 10:8–13, NLT)
Will you put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today?