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God’s Purposes and Christ’s Saving Work According to Hebrews

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Sin and death are barriers that must be overcome for people to enter abiding life with God. Hebrews associates sin with unbelief or faithlessness as well as with wrongful actions, and refers to it as the source of impurity and defilement. Hebrews most often uses the terms "save" and "salvation" for the final deliverance that will take place in the future, when God's designs are completed at the time of Christ's return. Hebrews begins with vivid portrayal of Christ in glory, which gives readers a glimpse of the outcome of God's purposes. The central section of Hebrews uses images from Israel's sacral tradition to convey the work of Christ. Israel's earthly sanctuary was a "shadow" of the true one in heaven and the Law's statutes concerning sacrifice were a "shadow" of the good things that have been accomplished in Christ.

Keywords: God's saving purposes; Hebrews; Israel's sacral tradition; Jesus Christ; salvation



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