Today’s lesson …
Who wrote the book of Hebrews?
Since the late 60’s, every book I have read about the book of Hebrews told me that it was most likely written by the apostle Paul. Then the writer would give several reasons why it was Paul. In my early years as a Christian, I bought into their thinking … they had the degrees.
But as I have studied the scriptures for myself over these past 40 plus years, the words of Hebrews 2:3 caused me to doubt and made me question this thinking based on this scripture.
Hebrews 2:3 KJV
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
This scripture clearly states that the writer of the book of Hebrews received his information from those that had heard it first hand from the Lord Himself. Look at the first four words, (How shall we escape), he is telling us that he is the writer of this book because of the word … We.
In the second half of this verse, he refers to the spoken word of the Lord and to who it was spoken to. The writer uses the term, (and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;) What the writer is saying is that the apostles heard from the Lord Jesus Himself and Paul heard during the time he spent in Arabia and they in turn taught it to these that have accepted Jesus because of their ministry.
Remember the first 12 apostles walked with the Lord for 3 ½ years. Paul spent time in the desert being taught by the Lord, Himself, after Paul’s road to Damascus experience so they each heard it first hand. (See Gal 1:17,18 )
Galatians 1:17,18 KJV
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. 18. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
So who wrote the book of Hebrews? We may never know, but the information I have put forward should convince you that it was not Paul or one of the apostles that walked with Jesus during Jesus’ earthly ministry.
The 2nd verse in the book of Hebrews should cause the reader to stop and question the long-standing view that it was Paul or Peter or one of the other first apostles. We may never discover who wrote this book, but we know that the Holy Spirit gave the writer the words to write. (See 2nd Timothy 3:16,17).
I believe that the book of Hebrews is primarily a Jewish book, one that will be read and cherished by those that go through the tribulation after the Rapture of the Born again Church, the bride of Christ.
Hebrews, like these other books, James, 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st & 2nd & 3rd John and Jude, along with the book of Revelation, are end time books. Study the first verses in each of the books I have listed, you will notice that they speak to the Jewish people in particular, not that we the bride of Christ cannot learn and receive strength and insight from them, because, … All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2nd Timothy 3:16,17).
I pray that this lesson will cause you to study for yourself, and as 2nd Timothy 2:15 tells us,
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.