Sun, Sep 10, 2017
In Jesus' House
Hebrews 3:5-6 by Vincent Bradshaw
Series: The Book of Hebrews

‘House’ is a key word in Chapter 3.  It occurs 7 times in the first 6 verses, with a variety of meanings.  It can mean a structure, a physical house.  It can also mean a family or household, as in the phrase ‘the Johnson house.’  It can mean an entire clan or family line, with uncles, cousins and distant relatives, both past, present and future, as in “the House of Ussher” or the “the House of Hapsburg.”  It can even mean a Kingdom, as in the phrase “House of David,” meaning “Kingdom of David.”  In Hebrews 3:1-6, it takes on all of these shades of meaning, until it reaches its greatest extent in verse 6, when the writer speaks of the House of Christ, “whose house we are.”  The “House of Christ” is the eternal family of believers.  Christ has made believers into one family, and calls us ‘brethren’ (2:11).  He has made us to reign, and to be a Kingdom (Revelation 1:6).  He has made us to function as priests (Revelation 1:6) and to be holy (1 Peter 1:16).  He has given us precious and magnificent promises (2 Peter 1:4), and has prepared each one a place in His Father’s House (John 14:2).

To be part of Jesus’ House, one has to recognize Him as the Head.  The writer of Hebrews recognizes Moses as a ‘servant’ (3:5), but Christ as the ‘Son’ (3:6).  Servant compared to Son – what a difference!  When the writer calls Jesus the “Son,” he means the heir – the inheritor and owner of all that belongs to God.  The Son is the eternal High Priest (5:5 – 6), the eternal High King (10:12 – 13), the Big Brother, the Author of our salvation (2:10), the Head of all things, even the Church (Ephesians 1:22) and the Great Shepherd of the Sheep (13:20).  The Hebrew hearers would readily recognize God the Father as superior to Moses in every way.  What they needed to recognize is that Jesus, the Baby in a Manger, the Carpenter from Galilee and the Lamb Who Takes Away the Sin of the World, is that God.  The Jews hearing this letter were in awe of Moses.  Christ is and always has been so much better.  They needed to be worshipping at the feet of Christ, just like Moses foretold (2:5).

Believers hold fast their confidence and hope in Christ.  The writer says that a person is saved, is Christ’s House, “if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end” (3:6).  A saved sinner, should never boast in self, - but should always be confident and boasting in Christ!  For some, the ‘if’ statement above is scary.  It seems to read that one ‘will’ be saved if he holds fast to the end.  However, that is not what the writer is saying.  He is saying not that one ‘will be,’ but ‘is’ saved if he perseveres.  There is a great deal of difference between saying, “if you finish the race, you will be saved” (incorrect) and “if you finish the race, it is because you are saved” (correct).  The writer says that if you hold fast your confidence and boast in Christ, your ‘are’ His House (3:6) - you already belong to Him!  If we belong to Christ, we can run hard and be assured of finishing the race (12:1).  What confidence, boasting and assurance of victory believers have in Christ!

Believers Worship Christ Alone: our God, our LORD, our Priest and our King!