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The Greatness of Jesus

One popular commentator describes the book of Hebrews as “the most difficult book in the NT to study.” Another wrote, “Hebrews is a delight for the person who enjoys puzzles.” I do not disagree that there are several exegetical challenges in the book of Hebrews; however, I would posit that the book of Hebrews has one simple, yet significant theme that cannot be missed—the greatness of Jesus. Let’s explore how the author of Hebrews makes Jesus supreme over three OT motifs. In so doing, the writer exalts Jesus to his rightful position and strengthens the faith of the saints to go hard after their “great Shepherd” (13:20).

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Simon, Son of Jonah

In his Gospel, Matthew records a perplexing statement, in which Jesus identifies Peter as “the son of Jonah” (16:17). What does Jesus mean by this title? Many today follow one well-known commentator who uncharacteristically passes over this phrase by surmising that Jesus probably called Peter’s father by his Hebrew equivalent Johanan (Iōanan) and then Matthew contracted it to Jonah (Iōna). Such a comment faces significant challenges, and here are three examples:

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Why Ben Franklin Quit Church Attendance

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is one of the most well-known names among America’s founding fathers.  However, what is little known among Americans today is his insightful Autobiography. This monograph, which he began when he turned 65 years of age (1771), may give more insight into Franklin’s life than any other document he produced including Poor Richard’s Almanac. What interests me most is Franklin’s comments about his spiritual life.  Let me share with you a few of his thoughts, which may encourage us today to be Word-centered believers (Matthew 4:4).

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