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Victor M. Eskew


The word “better” is used 13 times in 12 verses.


Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  (Heb 1:4)


But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.  (Heb 6:9)


And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.  (Heb 7:7)


For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.  (Heb 7:19)


By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.  (Heb 7:22)


But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.  (Heb 8:6)


It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  (Heb 9:23)


For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.  (Heb 10:34)


But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.  (Heb 11:16)


Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  (Heb 11:35)


God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.  (Heb 11:40)


And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  (Heb 12:24)




I.         WE HAVE “a great high priest (Heb. 4:14-16; 8:1)


II.       WE HAVE “hope as an anchor of the soul” (Heb. 6:19)


III.      WE HAVE “everlasting possessions in heaven” (Heb. 10:34)


IV.      WE HAVE “an altar for our forgiveness” (Heb. 13:10)


V.        WE HAVE “no abiding city here, but the promise of the heavenly city hereafter” (Heb. 13:14; 11:10)































Taken from Know Your Bible

Frank J. Dunn


I.         Against neglecting the great salvation (Heb. 2:1-4)


II.       Against hardening one’s heart by unbelief (Heb. 3:7-19)


III.      Against failing to enter into rest (heaven) by disobedience (Heb. 4:11-13)


IV.      Against failure to “go on unto perfection” (Heb. 5:11-6:20)


V.        Against willful sin (10:26-31)


VI.      Against turning away “from him that speaketh from heaven” (Heb. 12:25-29)


VII.    Against “strange doctrines” (Heb. 13:9-15)





Keys          Heb. 2:1-4               Heb. 5:11-6:8           Heb. 10:19-39                   Heb. 12:14-29



Theme       Jesus the               Jesus our              Jesus the               Jesus the                                  Living Word           High Priest            Perfect Sacrifice   Object of our Faith




Warned?     Those who             Immature               Those turning        Those weakening                        heard gospel          believers                back to Judaism     under trials



Instruction        Hold to what                   Go on to                Persevere in                    Respond to God;                           was heard              maturity                living by faith         don’t refuse calling




quences     Drift from             Fruitless and          Ruin of their                   Life built on that                      moorings                unproductive         hopes                    which will be                                                                                                                    destroyed


Benefits     Experience God’s   Experience what    Experience of        Receive the un-                          great salvation       God promised        rich reward            shakeable kingdom



How to

heed?        Obediently             Trust God’s oath   Commit to love      Live by faith                                                                                       and good works            



Taken from Illustrated Bible Handbook, Lawrence O. Richards, p. 752










Victor M. Eskew


I.         Let us FEAR (Heb. 4:1)


II.       Let us LABOR (Heb. 4:11)




IV.      Let us GO ON UNTO PERFECTION (Heb. 6:1)


V.        Let us DRAW NEAR (Heb. 10:22)


VI.      Let us HOLD FAST (Heb. 10:23)


VII.    Let us  CONSIDER ONE ANOTHER (Heb. 10:24)




IX.      Let us HAVE GRACE (Heb. 12:28)


X.        Let us GO FORTH (Heb. 13:13)


XI.      Let us OFFER THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE (Heb. 13:15)



“Therefore” and “Wherefore”

in the Book of Hebrews



Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  (Heb 2:1)


Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;  (Heb 3:1)


Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,  (Heb 3:7)


Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.  (Heb 4:1)


There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  (Heb 4:9)


Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  (Heb 4:11)


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  (Heb 4:16)


Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  (Heb 6:1)


Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  (Heb 10:19)


Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  (Heb 10:35)


Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  (Heb 12:1)


Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;  (Heb 12:12)


Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  (Heb 12:28)


Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.  (Heb 13:13)


By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  (Heb 13:15)









        Christ, Our High Priest                                       Earthly Priests


Touched with our infirmities (4:15)                          Compassion on ignorant (5:2)


Called of God (5:5-6)                                               Called of God (5:4)


Without sin (4:15; 7:26)                                            Compassed with infirmity (5:2; 7:28)    


Melchizedek (7:11)                                                  Aaron (5:4; 7:11)


Tribe of Judah (7:13-14)                                           Tribe of Levi (7:11)


Priest with an oath (7:21)                                        Priests without oath (7:21)


Endless life (7:16, 24)                                               Died (7:23)


No offering for self (7:27)                                       Offering for own sin (5:3)


One sacrifice (7:27; 9:12, 26, 28; 10:10, 14)                          Many sacrifices (9:7, 25; 10:3)


Sacrifice of self – own blood (7:27; 9:12)                            Animal sacrifices (9:11-12; 10:4)


True sanctuary – by God (8:2; 9:11, 24)                     Earthly temple – by man (9:1)


Purged conscience (9:14)                                         No perfection of conscience (9:9)


Takes away sins (9:26, 28: 10:12, 14)                          Does not take away sin (10:3, 11)


Perfection (7:19)                                                     No perfection (7:11, 19; 9:9; 10:1)