From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.                NKJV

Hebrews is written to the Jews to show them that Jesus is the fulfillment of all the Old Testament ceremonial laws, and is thus, the Messiah. In Hebrews, chapters 1-2, God demonstrated that Jesus as the Messiah is greater than the angels. In our text, God now demonstrates that Jesus is also greater than Moses (who is held in high esteem by the Jews). The “house” referred to in our text is not a literal building, but a metaphor for the people of God. Both Jesus and Moses were faithful shepherds of God’s people (vs. 1-2), but in our text, we are given three reasons why Jesus is greater than Moses.

First, Jesus is greater than Moses because Jesus is the creator of God’s household, whereas Moses is only a member of God’s household. Jesus is the creator of the church (Matt. 16:18), and the foundation upon which the household of God is built; not Moses (I Cor. 3:11, Eph. 2:19-20).

Second, Jesus is greater than Moses because Jesus is God Himself. He is not merely a prophet like Moses, or even an angel; He is the divine Creator of all things (including Moses and the angels). Scripture declares in plain terms that Jesus is God in human flesh (Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:23; Jn. 1:1,10,14; 8:58; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Tit. 2:13; I Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:8; I Jn. 5:20; Rev. 1:8).

Third, Jesus is greater than Moses because Jesus is the Son in God’s household, whereas Moses is just a servant in God’s household (vs. 5-6). Servant is not a negative thing in verse five; it is a God granted position of dignity given to God’s people by His grace through the death of Jesus on their behalf (Rom. 1:1, Phil. 1:1). As Christians, we have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus. As a result, we are His bond slaves; freed from the bondage of slavery to sin, death, and Satan; and owned by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our Master. Furthermore, as bond slaves of Jesus, we’ve been elevated to the position of the children of God (Jn. 1:12, Rom. 8:17). But neither we, nor Moses, can claim the title of the incarnate Son of God. Jesus is not just a son of God, He is God the Son, one of the three eternal persons of the Godhead.

Jesus, who is God the Son, is infinitely above believers who are but the adopted children of God. Yet even so, if we truly repent of our sins and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we are born again (Jn. 3:3-8, II Cor. 5:17), have eternal security in Jesus (Jn. 6:37-39, 10:27-30; Heb. 7:25; I Pet. 1:5), and will hold fast to our profession of Him as our Lord and Savior (v. 6, I Jn. 2:19). Are you a part of God’s family? Have you truly repented of your sins, and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?

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