Either Hebrews does not apply to Jewish believers or the Law was set aside for ALL believers.

How could any Jew who accepts Jesus as Savior believe that the Law was not set aside for Jews and still accept the book of Hebrews as being a book that applies to them?

I ask because Hebrews 6:17-7:28 tells us the law changed so Jesus could be made high priest – even if you believe only one regulation was changed to allow it.

Hebrews 6:17-20

17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:11-19

11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law ), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron ? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13 For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. 15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is attested of Him, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.” 18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

But the changing of the Law causes one regulation to be abolished. But this is contrary to any understanding of Mt 5:17-19 which does not believe Jesus has changed the Law – even if you believe only one regulation was changed to make Him high priest, rather than the entire Law was changed, since it would be abolishing the Law.

Mt 5:17-19 reads,

17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets ; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven ; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Yet, the book of Hebrews was written directly to Hebrew believers, so it must apply. But for it to apply, then we have to understand Hebrews 7:11-19 and Mt 5:17-19 together in a way so there is no contradiction.

If Christ did not fulfill the prophets and the Law with His suffering and death, then any change in the Law to make Him high priest would contradict Jesus’ own words, so Hebrews could not apply to Jews.

But we’ve already stipulated that the book of Hebrews is FOR Jews. Thus, the only other option is to accept that Christ fulfilled everything on the cross. If that is the case, then the Law has been fulfilled and what Paul states about the Law is true and applies to Jews and to Gentiles.

And what does Paul tell both the Jews and Gentiles concerning the Law?

Galatians 3:23-25

23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

Galatians 5:18

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

Romans 7:4-6

4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:2-3

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

Colossians 2:13-14

13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Ephesians 2:14-16

14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

We have been released from the Law, the debt has been cancelled, we are no longer under the Law. This is true for all believers in Christ – Jew and Gentile. Either that, or the bok of Hebrews only applies to Gentiles….


2 Responses

  1. Does the book of Hebrews apply to Gentiles as well? While I perceive that this Epistle was written to Jews who still struggled with aspects of the Law and ritualism, I think it still speaks to the Gentiles.

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