The Holy Spirit asked me to study and write about the Epistle to the Hebrews to combat Apostasy. The letter is the classical treatise against Apostasy in the New Testament. The bible scholar Scot McKnight framed the letter as an exhortation to Christians who are in risk of Apostasy with subsequent eternal condemnation.
The letter is of great rhetorical power to admonish presumably Christian Jews to a faithful pilgrimage under Christ’s leadership. The author considered his audience in danger of Apostasy because of weariness with disciple demands, increasing indifference to Christianity, and probably disputes between Jews who accepted and rejected Jesus as the Messiah.
The theme of the epistle is the sacrifice of Jesus and the courage required to associate faithfully with the cross. The theme, unbounded in time and space, is relevant today in the midst of increasing Apostasy and evil.
“But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)