Bible Study Notes on Hebrews 3 – 20190603

WritingIIIHebrews 3:3  “…more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house”
We’ve been shown that Jesus is greater than the angels.  Now we see that He is greater than Moses because He is the creator of all, including Moses himself.

5-6  “…Moses…faithful in all His house as a servant…Christ as a Son over His own house…”
Moses was faithful to what God had for him to do as a good servant.  Christ was faithful to what the Father had for Him to do as a Son.  Regardless of the faithfulness of a servant, he will always be a servant.  The Son is the one who will inherit it all.  Of course, because of what Christ did as an obedient Son, we all now have the ability to become sons of God.  As John said in 1 John, what love the Father has shown to us that we can become children of God.

11  “…They shall not enter My rest”
To the Jews in the wilderness, forced to wander for forty years until the rebellious generation died out, the idea was that the guilty would have to wander until they died, never being able to enter into the Promised Land where their wandering would cease and they would find rest.  No more moving about, living in tents, and feeding on manna.  The writer is making the comparison to us.  Don’t be like those guilty long ago.  Don’t rebel against the good news of salvation and be forced to wander until ultimate death, never able to find complete rest with God forever.

14  “…if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end”
This phrasing is used a lot in Hebrews and other places, if we hold, to the end.  The way it reads in English is a conditional phrase.  We will become partakers of Christ if we hold fast until the end.  But that’s not the case.  The writer’s not inside of it looking out, but outside or past the end of it looking in.  It’s not you will gain if you do, but if we do, that is proof that we have gained.  After we’ve crossed the finish line, or held fast until the end, it will show that we had gained Christ.  Only those who have gained Him will be able to hold until the end.

18  “…because of unbelief”
They didn’t believe God when He told them He was giving them the Promised Land and would drive out the inhabitants before them.  Lack of faith.  Which is the problem with us always.  Without faith it is impossible to please Him, which will be seen later in the book.  And that’s the unforgivable sin as well.  Not having faith in Christ which blasphemes the Holy Spirit.  We’ve been given a great gift of salvation, and all we have to do to receive it is trust Him, have faith in Him.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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