We cannot honor Jesus with our actions of self-righteousness or self-abatement. In fact to hold on to either, is to discount Jesus and His perfect shed blood. If we try to add to anything He did by way of our actions, what we are actually saying is His blood is not good enough for us and therefore we must suffer also. These actions are actually an offence to Him. But to lay down our efforts and embrace His love by faith and walk in God’s grace, then we can show Him our love the most.
Hebrews 3:1-3 1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 3 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.
The first verse in chapter three is actually telling us where we fall short as Christians and is why we do not walk in the power and authority here on earth that God wants us to. Look at the word “consider” it actually means to ponder or give great thought to. We truly do not understand the fullness of our salvation, forgiveness, power, and authority we have given to us through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Philippians 4:6-7 the Apostle Paul tells us not to worry and that we should give thanks for what has been done. In verse 8 he gives us the “how to” for living a life of abundance in grace and mercy while here on earth. Read verse 8 from Philippians in light of verse 3:1 in Hebrews, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things”. This is where we need to be spending most of our time, meditating on the things God has accomplished in our lives which is our testimony of the Lord’s strength in our lives, the author and finisher of our faith. The second point is in the recognition of Jesus as both Apostle and High Priest. High Priest in that He forever is in the presence of God making intercession for us; Apostle in that He was the first to bring the “Good News” of our salvation through His blood, the foundation of the New Covenant as prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34. The author of Hebrews is making a vast statement in combining both persons into Jesus. In the Old Covenant the High Priest was the ultimate authority on earth and in the New Testament, Jesus on earth is the ultimate authority both here on earth while as an apostle, (a sent one delivering the gospel with signs and wonders), and in heaven for ever while sitting at the right hand of God as Son of God. It is in our confession of Jesus that our power and authority lies here on earth and without diligent consideration, meditation, on who He is and what He has done for us, our confession has little power over circumstances here on earth. (Note: The meaning of the Greek word for meditation is actually to mutter, murmur, or speak over and over)
Verse two clearly points out the similarity between Jesus and Moses, as the author is writing to Jewish Christians who have a strong understanding of the Mosaic Law. Verse two is not completely correct in entirety according to the Old Testament. Moses was faithful to his calling of deliverance for the children of Israel out of Egypt, but he failed in the end which was the reason God did not allow him to enter into the land of “milk and honey”. Jesus, however, was faithful to everything appointed to Him by God, even to the point of freely going to the cross for our salvation. The second and most important comparison between Jesus and Moses is in verse three. The author uses the analogy of houses instead of covenants, possible because everyone understands what a house is. It is not just a place to live, but a sanctuary from the rest of the world. A place of rest from man’s works in the world. Owning a house is a responsibility in that it takes up keep, but to build a house takes time, effort, and knowledge far beyond just owning one. John 1:1-3, 14 clearly identifies Jesus as God here on earth and we all know that God created the heavens and earth. Verse three is identifying Jesus as the one with the greatest honor, a necessary statement to the Jewish Christians of the day that were having difficulty at walking fully in the New Covenant. They were hanging on the laws and rules of the Old Testament in their effort to maintain righteousness, much like Christian’s today hang on to the doctrines of men in their effort to gain or maintain personal righteousness.
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