WHI – 1239 | An Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

Sunday, 04 Jan 2015

This week on the White Horse Inn, Dennis E. Johnson and Zach Keele join us as we begin a trip through the Book of Hebrews. Dennis Johnson is Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, as well as a minister at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA. He is the author of several books including Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All of Scripture, Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation, and The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption. Zach Keele is a frequent contributor to Modern Reformation and the pastor of Escondido Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is the co-author of Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored. These pastors will help us as we survey the rich vistas of the Book of Hebrews. Who was it written to? Why is this New Testament epistle applicable to the modern church? What can we learn from these Christians who suffered in the ancient world?

Join us this week on the White Horse Inn as we look at the sufficiency of Christ from the Book of Hebrews.

“In the very words where [the author of Hebrews] starts contrasting time frame, ‘times past’ versus ‘these last days,’ he is showing that flow of redemptive history is also reflected now in the flow of revelation. It is really emphasizing the fact that Christ is the place where now God has spoken most fully, and as he will say in the second chapter, we have received that now as second generation Christians through those who heard him… That shows the finality of new covenant revelation… old covenant revelation given over the span of a millennium, but now New Testament in a single generation… The completeness of New Testament revelation is key.”
– Dennis Johnson
Redemptive-Historical Typology
Old Testament events, offices, and institutions (hereafter OTEOI) are invested by God with spiritual significance as integral steps in his history-long project to reverse sin and its effects… these OTEOI point beyond themselves, symbolizing the comprehensive, eschatological salvation that is God’s purpose for history and that has been inaugurated by Christ in his first coming and that will be consummated by Christ in his second coming. To understand how any OTEOI preaches Christ and finds its fulfillment in him, we first must grasp its symbolic depth in its own place in redemptive history. Then we need to consider how the OTEOI’s original symbolic depth (the aspect of redemption to which it pointed in shadow-form) finds final and complete fulfillment in Christ. Finally, we must identify and articulate how its message applies to ourselves and our listeners. The apostles’ proclamation of Christ as the fulfillment of all God’s promises provides abundant direction for the grateful outworking of this good news in personal discipline, family life, church life, and public life in the marketplace-and, if necessary, in a prison, like Paul.
(Adapted from Dennis E. Johnson, Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, pp.234-237) )

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