New Testament
Lesson 37
Jesus Christ: “The Author and Finisher of Our Faith”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will remind us that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to his commandments.

Scripture references for study:  Hebrews
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Lesson 37 Handout (PDF format)


Introduction

"When Paul returned to Jerusalem from his third mission, he found that many Jewish Christians were still convinced that obedience to the law of Moses was essential to salvation. The epistle to the Hebrews was written to persuade them that the law of Moses had been fulfilled in Christ and had been replaced by the higher gospel law." (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual ©1989, p35)

"Hebrews is our finest scriptural commentary (aside from some key Book of Mormon passages) on the Old Testament and on the manner in which the doctrine of Christ's atoning sacrifice was clearly signified in the Old Testament...
    "One of the great contributions of the Book of Hebrews is that it shows the ever-present role of Jesus Christ in men's lives."
(Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles, p382)

As I prepare these lessons, I am reminded of going to a great buffet. There are so many varieties of food that one is tempted to try. It is hard to pick and choose. And so it is with these lessons. Within the book of Hebrews there is much to study and contemplate and there is only time to discuss a few items. 


Hebrews 1

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." (Hebrews 1:1-2)

"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:3)


Christ Suffered Temptation

READ HEBREWS 2:17-18. Christ suffered being tempted.

READ HEBREWS 4:15-16. Christ tempted as we are.

READ HEBREWS 5:8-9. Christ learned obedience by that which he suffered.


The Rest Of the Lord

READ HEBREWS 3:8-15. The ancient Hebrews were disobedient and unable to enter into the "rest of the Lord" (see also 4:1-11).

Paul encouraged the Saints to live so that they might enter into God's rest.

READ HEBREWS 3:17-19; 4:1-2.


Hebrews 6

READ HEBREWS 6:4-6. Crucifying the Lord afresh.

READ HEBREWS 6:10-15. Be  followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.


Hebrews 7

READ HEBREWS 7:11-12. Necessity for change in the priesthood.


Hebrews 10

"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the corners thereunto perfect." (Hebrews 10:1)

"Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second." (Hebrews 10:9)

"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10)

"And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God." (Hebrews 10:1-12)

WHY DOES THE SACRIFICE THAT CHRIST OFFERED GIVE US GREATER HOPE FOR PERFECTION?


Hebrews 11

Hebrews 11 is one of our most important discourses on faith.

WHAT IS FAITH?

WHY IS FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST VITAL TO OUR SALVATION?

Paul provided examples of faith:

HOW DO THESE SCRIPTURE EXAMPLES STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH?

Paul tells us that when we face opposition, faith can help us either overcome it or endure it patiently (see Hebrews 11:32-38).


Hebrews 12

READ HEBREWS 12:1-11. The Lord chastens those whom he loves.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Paul to the Hebrews. What principles can you apply to your own life?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Believing Christ: The Parable of the Bicycle and Other Good News by Stephen E. Robinson.

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).

Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.

Key to the Science of Theology by Parley P. Pratt.

Lectures on Faith by Joseph Smith.

Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.


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