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The Oxford Bible Commentary Line-by-line commentary for the New Revised Standard Version Bible.

The Message of Hebrews.

The homily balances exposition and exhortation. The exposition portrays Christ as the cause of the addressees' salvation ( 2:10; 5:9; 9:14 ) and the model for their behaviour ( 12:1–2 ). The exhortation has two aspects expressed in recurring motifs. On the one hand the homilist urges his addressees to ‘hold fast’ to what they have, their confession, their partnership with Christ, the virtues that are appropriate to that partnership ( 3:6; 3:14 ). He also urges them to ‘move’ either ‘in’ towards the Christ who can be for them a source of aid and comfort, or ‘out’ to ‘endure’ a world that challenges their commitments and confession ( 13:13 ). Warnings alternate with hopeful assurances based on Christ's presence as a sympathetic mediator ( 4:14–16; 7:23–4 ). Covenant fidelity requires faith, hope, and charity ( 10:22–5 ), but also specific virtues ( 13:1–17 ).

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