Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

John Heading, Aberystwyth

Category: Book Review

This is a fresh commentary of more than 200 pages, published by Gospel Tract Publications, 48 York Street, Glasgow G2. Available from the author (see rear cover). Price £1 -50. Canadian and U.S.A. dis­tributors: Everyday Publications, Toronto, Canada.

The Epistle to the Hebrews was written because "believers (that is, Jewish con­verts to the faith prior to the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in A.D. 70) were returning to the ceremony of the law, in order to avoid the persecution (from their fellow-nationals) that separation from it (the effect of the cross of Christ for them) had caused". They were thus in danger of forsaking Christ for the old schoolmaster, Gal. 3. 24; of going back from the body to a shadow, Col. 2. 17 ; and of letting go the administration of the Spirit for the ministra­tion of death, 2 Cor. 3. 7-8. The sole cor­rective to this threatened apostasy of Jewish believers is, as brother Heading indicates in the sub-title to his book, to "exalt Christ".

Like all of our brother's books on the New Testament which have been pub­lished to date (Acts, 1 & 2 Corinthians and The Revelation), this keeps very close to Holy Scripture. It is, in fact, based on his notes made for a verse-by-verse exposition to a study group in Aberystwyth. Anyone with a desire to study Hebrews will benefit from having such a book alongside his Bible (preferably the Authorised Version, the version adopted by the author), and referring to it as each group of verses is consecutively dealt with. And if the prayer­ful study of Hebrews helps one to appreci­ate Christ more and more, then, surely, no privileges will be esteemed greater than worshipping where He ministers, and suffering where He suffered.   DC.

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The first three books form part of a series "Current Concerns". Book (1), written by an experienced Christian physician, ex­amines the subject from the Scriptures, and present trends are properly assessed.
Book (2) presents unusual but wise counsel for those with this problem of pre-conversion sin still dominating the life.
Book (3) forms a complete Scriptural anti­dote to the terrible assertion made by some Christians that Christ could sin in His man­ hood experience on earth. Unfortunately some believers are very hazy about the true Scriptural doctrine concerning the Person of Christ, so this very helpful booklet should set their minds at rest, enabling them to resist inroads being made by some today to promulgate this false dishonouring doc­trine. The booklet examines this "demonic trap" and other false assertions helpfully and reverently from Scripture, showing the ultimate disaster such doctrine can bring.
Book (4) embraces both the books of Jonah and Nahum, simply related with background material and spiritual prin­ciples.

Book (5) stimulates interest in the Minor Prophets in these dark days. The vital messages of the twelve books are carefully explained—the book would form a suitable prize for the more mature young Bible Class scholar.   J.H.

There are 8 articles in
ISSUE (1979, Volume 30 Issue 3)

The Display of the Grace of God

Ephesians - Christ our Leader and our Lord

Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities

Losing the Vision

Public Prayer

The Remembrance Supper

Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Zechariah - The Prophet of Hope

This article is not part of a series

There are 66 articles by this author

The Merchants and the Children

The King and the Multitudes

Fruitfulness and Repentance

Communicating Spiritual Things by Spiritual Means

Service with Tears

Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

Divine Assessment and Witness

Epaphras, a Faithful Minister of Christ

Paul’s Charge to Timothy, The First Epistle to Timothy

Prophecy and the Present Age

Groupings Amongst Men

The Rapture and Subsequent Events

Summary of Daniel and Revelation

The Four Kingdom Amongst Men

Apostasy and Its End

How I was called to Salvation and Service - Introduction

Divine Involvement in Assembly Service

Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Understanding 1 & 2 Chronicles - The House of God and its Service

Do You Pray for the Lord’s Servants?

Greater Than

Conversion, Baptism and Service

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly

Luke’s Life of Christ

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly (Part 2)

Prayer, Power, Plenitude, 1. 15 to 2. 10

Position, Privilege, Peace, 2. 11-22

Prisoner, Promise, Preaching, Prayer, Eph. 3. 1-21

Practical: Prophets, Pastors, Perfecting, 4. 1-16

Practical Conduct - Part 1: 4. 17-32

Practical Conduct - Part 2: 5. 1-20

Personal Relationships in the Family, 5. 21 to 6. 9

Power, Protection, Prayer, 6. 10-24

Parents and Children

Daily Bible Readings

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 1)

What the Bible Teaches Vol. 6 John

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 2)

The Maturity of Writer and Readers

Giving and Keeping

Purpose, Predestination, Pleasure, Praise, 1. 1-14


As Unknown and yet Well Known

The Beauty of the Assembly

The Holy Assembly


Zion (2)

Are You a Trustee?

The Lord's Titles


The Mount of Transfiguration

Genealogy of the Priests

Both Small and Great

Book Reviews

The Unity of the Godhead

Book Reviews


Book Review

Letters of Commendation - Additional Notes

How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles

Twenty-One Years Ago

They Continued Steadfastly

Book Review

Matthew 21 - The Context of the Chapter

The Vineyard and the Stone

Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22. 1-14