Reflect on Your Life
1. What are some undeniable facts about you?
2. What are some undeniable facts about Christ?
Read the Passage
Read Hebrews 1:1-24
3. This passage explains that Jesus is greater than the angels. Why were angels so revered at that time?
4. What are the differences between Jesus and the angels (Hebrews 1:1-14)? In what ways is Jesus greater than the angels?
5. In what ways is Jesus superior to creation (1:10-12)?
Realize the Principle
The readers of the book of Hebrews were fascinated with angels, seeing them as mediators between people and God. The author let them know that Jesus is far greater than the angels and the only way to God. People today also look for alternatives to Jesus. But the Bible makes it clear that there is only one way. “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6). “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). If we ignore God’s way of salvation, there is no escape from the eternal consequences.
6. What happens to people who ignore God’s way of salvation?
Respond to the Message
7. What would you say to someone who says, “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere”?
8. What are some ways people try to find God or gain eternal life?
9. How should the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way affect the way Christians live?
10. How should the truth that Jesus Christ is the only way affect how Christians interact with unbelievers?
11. Think of a recent interaction you have had with another person. How did your faith affect that interaction?
Resolve to Take Action
12. Whom should you talk to about the fact that salvation can be found only in Christ?
13. What is the first step you can take to give that person this message?
More for Studying Other Themes in This Section
A. Before Christ came, how did God communicate with people (1:1)? How does he communicate today (1:1-3)? What has he communicated to you that has changed your life?
B. What has Christ done with our sins (1:3)? How does this truth affect your life?
C. Other than Christ, who or what do people tend to depend on for security (1:10-12)? What practical difference does it make in your life that Christ never changes (1:12)?
D. Who are angels (1:5-14)? What can you learn from their behavior?
This study is adapted from Hebrews: A Life Application Bible Study (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1999), available everywhere books are sold.