The Power of Grace Ministries

February 19

Although Hebrews was written nearly 2000 years ago to the First Church, it still applies today in that Jesus is preeminent over every religion including religions within Christianity. Because of Jesus we are all one people; the children of God. Hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end. 

Hebrews 3:4-6
4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 6 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.

 

                Another way of adding emphasis to the superiority of Jesus over Moses is found in verse four. Houses are not nature built. True there are caves and for years man liven in them, but a house is something created and built over time. To build a house takes a commanding knowledge of all of the aspects that go into its construction. Just knowing what a house is supposed to look like and how it is to function is a small thing compared to building a house. John 1:3 states that all things were created through Jesus and in understanding this concept is foundation to understand that verse 4 is telling us that even though Moses was a great man of God, even he was created through Jesus. 

                Moses was a faithful servant in that he kept the very house that was committed to him by God, but he was not the builder, just the ordained keeper. Today when we meet a man that has built his own home we tend to give him praise and rightly so as it was no small feat, we give him more praise than just a home owner purchasing their new home. Verse six clearly states that Jesus was such a Man in that He created us as His house, as well as, He is the keeper of us. Notice the last half of verse 6 has an “if” in it. When we let go of the fullness of Jesus and His New Covenant and grasp onto the laws of the Old Testament or the rules of man’s denominations in effort to gain righteousness, we are in essence pulling ourselves out of the very house we want to be a part of. We must hold fast with confidence and rejoice in our salvation through the blood of Jesus in effort to remain in His house.

                Even though Hebrews was written for Jewish Christians back in the 1st century church, it still applies today. I believe even more so since there are so many denominations and variations even with in some denominations. All of these different Christian religions are chocked full of ritual, rules, regulations, and actions all of which are man’s requirements to be a good member of that denomination. Satan’s only power is through his deception and casting doubt and getting us to enter into agreement with him. Anytime he can get our eyes off of Jesus he has a little victory against God and it is at our expense. Satan knows he will never win over God and can’t stand the fact that we have won over him through the blood of Jesus.  He is no different than the cowardly bank robber that knows he is not powerful enough to over through the bank guards, but if he can get his hands on the weakest hostage he has some control over the most powerful guard. When we look to man’s doctrines as means of righteousness, (don’t look, don’t touch, don’t listen, etc) or stay focused on the sin nature of man, or lean on the laws and regulations from the Old Testament we are actually broadcasting to Satan, “here we are the weakest one to take hostage”. Stop being his hostage! Pick up the word of God and make it your own. (MAJOR NOTE: The entire gospel is scriptural, but not all scripture is gospel. Put on the whole armor of God as described in Ephesians 6 and get into the battle. Jesus is the captain of the army of God and tells us of the battle in Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force”.

Get into the battle by the blood of Jesus through faith, not with your own blood of works from man.