What is a summary of "To The Hebrews" from the New Testament?

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The primary focus of the Epistle to the Hebrews is to encourage Christian Hebrews to maintain their faith in the face of challenge and adversity.  The Epistle stresses that true Christians recognize the challenges in the faith and rises to them:  "Therefore we ought to pay greater attention to the things that were heard, lest perhaps we drift away."  The Epistle speaks out against a condition where one might "drift away" from following Christian example.  In recognizing the suffering that Christ endured, the text speaks to the need of honoring this and maintaining focus towards this end: "...the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God he [Jesus] should taste of death for everyone."  The need to uphold one's faith despite temporal challenges underscores the importance of transcendental belief:  "Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."  The call to overcome "every weight and sin" becomes one of the most resounding messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews.

The Epistle to the Hebrews makes clear that Jesus had been crucified and had served his function as the Messiah.  There is a fear in the Epistle to the Hebrews that a renouncing of faith might be present as time since Jesus' sacrifice had passed.  It is for this reason that the Letter to the Hebrews fervently emphasizes the level of meaning within Jesus' sacrifice.  The transcendental message of the religion becomes significant in the Epistle.  It understands that reminding followers of the importance of spiritual zeal regardless of challenges placed in the path of the pilgrim.  The Final Exhortation of the Epistle demands that followers of Christ "do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever."  This passion is one of the defining features of the Epistle.

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