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Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Christ in Hebrews; The Rest of the List

As I finish posting this list of characterizations of Christ, it occurs to me that each one of these could be the “stuff” of an entire podcast. What an unbelievably rich treatise on Christ and the new covenant is this book of Hebrews! 

Chapter 6

1—Author of doctrine

6—Son of God

7—One who is sometimes crucified afresh and shamed openly

19,20—Forerunner into the Holy Place within the veil

20—Eternal high priest

Chapter 7

2—King of righteousness (by implication)

2—King of Peace (by implication)

3—One without priestly genealogy (by implication)

3—One without beginning of days (by implication)

3—One without end of life (by implication)

3—A continual priest (by implication)

5,6—One superior to Levitical priests (by implication)

7—One superior to Abraham (by implication)

7—The One who blesses the lesser

8—Priest who lives on (by implication)

13,14—First and only priest from Judah

15—Priest after similitude of Melchizadek

16—One made after power of endless life

17—Priest forever

20,21—Priest by oath of God

22—Surety of a better Testament

24—Priest of unchangeable priesthood

25—Savior to the uttermost

25—Ever living intercessor

26—Holy one

26—Harmless one

26—Undefiled one

26—Separated one (from sinners)

26—One higher than the heavens

27—One who offered once-for-all sacrifice

27—One who offered self


28—Consecrated priest forever

Chapter 8

1—High priest

1—One seated on the right hand of throne of majesty in heavens

2—Minister of sanctuary

2—Minister of Tabernacle

3—One who offers gifts and sacrifices

6—Owner of the excellent ministry

6—Mediator of the better covenant

Chapter 9

11—High priest of good things to come

12—One who entered holy place by his own blood

12—Obtainer of our salvation

14—One who offered spotless sacrifice

15—Mediator of the new covenant


23—Purifier of heavenly things

24—One who entered heaven

24—One who appears before God for us.

26—One time self-sacrificer

28—Sin bearer for many        

28—Object of our watching

28—One who will appear without sin

28—One who will appear for our salvation

Chapter 10

5—a body

7,9—doer of God’s will

9—taker of first law

9—founder of second law

10, 17—One who offered once for all.

12—One who sits on right hand of God

13—One who expects


19—Source of boldness

20—Consecrator of the new way through the veil

21—holy priest over the house of God

22—Sprinkler of hearts

22—Washer of our bodies


37—One who would come and not tarry

Chapter 11

3—World framer

26—One whose reproach is great riches

40—Some better thing

Chapter 12

2—Author of our faith

2—Perfecter of our faith

2—One who endured the cross for coming joy

2—Despiser of shame

2—One who is seated on the right hand of God

3—Endurer of gainsaying

23—Owner of the church

24—Mediator of the new covenant

26—Shaker of heaven and earth

28—Giver of immovable, unshakeable kingdom

Chapter 13

8—One who is the same; yesterday, today and forever


12—Sufferer without the gate

13—Reproached One

15—One by whom we offer praise to God

15—One to whose name we make confession

20—One brought from dead

20—Great shepherd of sheep

21—One who makes us perfect in every good work

21—Worker in us (of what pleases Him)

21—Recipient of glory

Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Podcast on the Shore of Galilee (…and the List from Hebrews)

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a Digging Deep trip planned for next May to the places where our Lord walked while here on earth. Second only to the trip I will make with the angels to glory one day, this is likely the most exciting trip I’ll ever make. Kate Hudgens and I will be doing the May podcast from the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. (That gives me chill-bumps already.) Several of you are signed up to go, but there are just a handful of slots still available. It occurs to me that we have many new ladies in the study this year who may not have heard about this timely journey to the Bible lands. If you would like the details of this trip check out this page: And, if you’d like to go, hurry and send in your registration and deposit fee. 

It was a blessing to speak in Sanford, North Carolina this weekend. The sisterhood in Christ is one of the richest joys in my life. When I walk into auditoriums where I scarcely know anyone, the amazing bond that we already share through Jesus always shocks and blesses me anew. There are just things that we can assume about each other and kindnesses that we expect because we all have magnified Him in our lives and we are all patterning our behavior after the same divine example: the Word that became flesh. I cannot tell you how comforting that is when there are few or no familiar faces. 

Another thing that was extremely encouraging was that moment in the lesson when I asked if there were any ladies in the audience who had done the Digging Deep study and I truly believe that fully half the women in attendance had participated or are currently studying Authority with us.  That made for the kind of bond that can get us talking about the scriptures during the breaks; about the Christ and how He was the only candidate for our propitiation, giving up that authoritative place in heaven to show us divine authority while on earth even as He submitted to the cross in obedience. He was the only one Who could show authority (through fulfillment of prophecy, granting a soul entrance to Paradise, causing the earth to quake and darkness to veil the earth, etc…) while also fully submitting in perfect obedience. “Though he were a son (authority), yet learned he obedience (submission) by the things which he suffered” Hebrews 5:8 (Parenthetical notes mine—CC).

One of the things that’s great about digging in the Word with so many is that you keep me on my toes. In Sanford, there was a sister who approached me and said “Didn’t you promise that you would list for us, on your blog, the characterizations of Christ? We’ve been waiting for those.”

And so I did. So here’s the first installment of those characteristics as I listed them. Keep in mind, though, that your list may well be more accurate or more complete than is mine. 

Have a great November and, as you think about thankfulness, pause to thank Him for our study together. He was/is so providential in giving us this fellowship in study.

And now the list. Here’s chapter 2, for starters, since chapter 1 was already listed in the study as an example.


Characterizations of Christ from Hebrews

Chapter 2: 


2—Spokesman for the great salvation

5—Ruler of the world to come                                               

7—Wearer of the glory and honor crown

8—Ruler of all things

9—Subject to lower place than angels

9—Taster of death for every man

10—One for whom all things exist

10—One by whom all things exist

10—Transporter of many to glory

10—Captain of salvation

10—Perfect one


11—One who is unashamed to call us brethren

12—Singer of Praise

14—Partaker of flesh and blood

14—Destroyer of Satan

15—Deliverer of those in bondage

16—Giver of help to Abraham’s seed

17—One in similitude (likeness) of His brethren

17—Merciful and faithful high priest

17—Reconciler for sinners

18—Sufferer who was tempted

18—Sucourer for the tempted

Chapter 3

1—Apostle of our profession

1—High priest of our profession

2—Faithful one to appointer

3—One worthy of more glory than Moses

3—House builder

6—Son of his own house

15—Voice we must hear.

Chapter 4

3—Owner of rest

14—Great high priest

14—Son of God

15—Subject of temptation in all points

15—Sinless one

Chapter 5

5—One glorified by God as priest

5—Begotten son of God

6—Priest forever after order of Melchizadek

7—One who prayed with crying and tears

7—Possessor of godly fear


8—Learner of Obedience


9—Perfect one

10—Called one

10—Priest after order of Melchizadek


Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

For the Diggers: The Christ– Better in Hebrews

It’s 2 a.m. as I finally have pillowed my sleepy head. I’m not sure I’ll get through these characterizations of the Lord that I’ve picked out in Hebrews tonight (this morning, really) as I fall asleep, but the alphabet helps me to contemplate these twenty-six descriptions. Reciting them mentally is a peaceful way to drift off to sleep. I hope your night was peaceful and you live fully this new morning for Him! (There are 2 more upcoming Dig-a-Bits for Month 2. Watch for these as you get ready to start Month 3….And thanks for encouraging each other to hold fast in humble submission to His authority!)

The Christ: Better in Hebrews

A…Author of our Faith (12:2)

B…Better (1:4)

C…Consecrated  (7:28)

D…Deliverer  (2:15)

E…Endurer  (12:3)

F…Forerunner (6:19,20)

G…Glorious (2:8)

H…High Priest (6:20)

I…Intercessor  (7:25)

J…Judgment Mediator (12:23,24)

K…King of Righteousness  (7:2)

L…Lives Forever (7:25)

M…Maker of all (1:10)

N…Never Leaves or Forsakes Us (13:5)

O…Owner of the Church (12:23)

P…Perfect One (5:9; 2:10)

Q…Quick and Living Word (4;12)

R…Ruler of the World to Come (2:5)

S…Suffering Son (2:9)

T…Transporter of Many Sons to Glory (2:10)

U…Undefiled One (7:26)

V…Voice of God (3:7; 1:2)

W…Worker in Us (13:21)

X…X-press Image of God (1:3)

Y…Yesterday, Today and Forever the Same (13:8)

Z…Zion Dweller (12:22)

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