A Better Relationship
Book of Hebrews Chapter 3
A relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest relationship we can have!
A good relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ means you have a better relationship with God!
As human beings we have the tendency worship the things of this world.
It seems we are always seeking something to worship and not God.
To worship is to reverence something or someone that is most important to you!
We also have the tendency to recognize some humans far too much, and in fact it could be said that some humans worship other humans.
We are wrong to even consider such a thing!
In some churches, it seems the Pastor is worshipped more than the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a terrible sin!
In some denominations the church leader is allowed to carry the same weight as the Word of God such as the Pope, but there are others and God wrote down the things, we need to know is this life.
This is a terrible sin!
To the Jews, Moses and Abraham are worshipped as much as God is worshipped, and even some of the Old Testament prophets ranked higher than the Lord Jesus Christ.
We had better understand that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who brings to us the message of God for salvation!
We had better understand that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who did the work that was necessary for our salvation.
We had better understand that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Author of our Salvation.
We had also better understand it is the Lord Jesus Christ who pleads our case to God.
He does all these things and more, because He is the One and only Mediator between God and man!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is God!
*Heb 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
“Wherefore”, all the things that that we learned in Chapter 1 and then Chapter 2 have brought us to the truth of Chapter 3.
**The Lord Jesus Christ is the true Messenger of God!
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Supreme Apostle of God according to this writer and according to all the Bible.
An Apostle takes care of the business of God.
Our Heavenly Father is in “the sinner saving business”!
Under the Old Covenant of the law, Moses held the office of an apostle, as God’s ambassador to the Jewish people and those strangers that joined with them.
It was Aaron that held the office of High Priest as man’s representative before God.
Under the “Covenant of Grace” the Lord Jesus Christ holds both offices!
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Apostle, the Messenger of God, and the Ambassador of God, while being our High Priest.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who possesses all the authority and power of God’s Kingdom, and He represents God’s Kingdom perfectly because He is Perfect!
We should understand that God’s Kingdom is not of this earth.
The Lord Jesus is speaking to us of a much better place
As God’s High Priest, the Lord Jesus is greater than any high priest that has gone before Him!
**He is the Highest of High Priest to all believers.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who bears the name of God before all mankind!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who knows mankind and knows God!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is able to represent God before man and man before God and He is the only One who can do this!
This Book we call the Bible, the Word of God, leaves us with no doubt that both these things are true.
Heb 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedec.
Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God “for us”:
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who builds a bridge between God and man!
It is the work of the Lord Jesus Christ that built a new bridge for us to get to Heaven, but it is a narrow path.
What is the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
It is that man can know God and can come to be face to face with God!
Remember the Lord Jesus is building us a mansion “in His Father’s House”!
It is the work of Lord Jesus Christ that has caused all these things to be true!
These things are true because the Lord Jesus is also the Supreme High Priest!
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God,” who also maketh intercession for us”.
It is just a matter of time, and Our Lord Jesus will also hold the office of King of kings and Lord of lords.
What proof do we have?
First Our true Prophet
Deu 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
This was Moses speaking the truth to the children of Israel
Next Our High Priest:
1Sa 2:35 And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.
And next our King:
2Sa 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Psa 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
We must know the complete truth of the Lord Jesus Christ!
We must fix our eyes upon Jesus.
We must fix our thoughts upon Jesus.
We must fix our minds upon Jesus.
We must fix our attention upon Jesus.
We must grasp the Lord Jesus Christ and attach to Him and never let go!
We must pursue a perfect relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ till the day He comes to take us to the home that He has prepared for us.
As believers, these things must have real meaning because we must be sanctified, set apart for our God!
We must confess that it is the Lord Jesus Christ whom God sent to save us and because He is the Perfect High Priest, He is able to do so!
He has shown us what God is like.
He has told us the truth of God, of ourselves, and of this world.
He has all the power of God, and it is Our Savior who is in absolute control of this world.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is faithful to fulfill the things of God for us!
*Heb 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
What was the house of Moses? We could say it was the Church of Israel that gathered in the Tabernacle and later the Temple.
Moses was as faithful as any human could be to God.
We also know that we need the faith of Abraham to get to Heaven!
Gal_3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Gal_3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Yes, Moses was faithful, but we need the faith of Abraham to obtain righteousness
Rom_4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Gal_3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Abraham believed God so it is in our best interest to believe all the Word of God, not just Moses and the laws called the Law of Moses.
The Lord Jesus Christ is even more faithful because He has perfect faithfulness!
Moses was faithful to his calling.
Moses was a great freedom leader.
Moses was the great Lawgiver.
Moses was a great nation builder.
Moses was a great friend of God in the eyes of the Jews.
The Jews thought that Moses was the only man who had met with God face to face, but with “Grace” we will all come face to face with our Redeemer.
Moses had been appointed by God to do some great things and He was faithful to do them.
Num 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
Num 12:7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
Num 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
To the Hebrew speaking Jews there was no one as great as Moses.
You see here is the trap that many Church members find themselves in today.
They put some man on a pedestal making them equal with God.
Maybe Moses was superior to all men in his day.
Even God bragged upon Moses.
The Lord Jesus Christ is also called of God and called to do greater things than Moses.
The Lord Jesus has shown us by example exactly what God is like and how we can become acceptable to Him.
No doubt that Moses was a faithful man, but he was just a man and not the Godman, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, “to make reconciliation for the sins of the people”.
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who was faithful to proclaim God’s salvation plan!
And it is only the Lord Jesus Christ who can make reconciliation for us to God the Father!
*Heb 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Moses caused the Tabernacle in the wilderness to be built, but he had the plans from God to guide Him.
Today every Christian is a house of God!
Also, a design of God, but the work is done by the Lord Jesus Christ!
Eph_2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
What is the human? Our bodies are a finely tuned built machine.
We are resourceful.
We can adapt for many uses.
We have a mind of surprising capacities.
We have perception and can reason.
We have memory and a conscience.
We can have hope and we can trust.
We can know love.
We can reverence.
There is no inventor that has ever been able to surpass God’s creation of the human being!
There is no builder who can build as does the Lord Jesus Christ!
Above all, we all have a spirit that links us to God and we are able to be created anew in Jesus Christ.
Joh_3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Joh_3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
1Co_6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Jesus Christ is the builder of my house, and He can build your house to!
We must understand that He (the Lord Jesus Christ) has equipped us and established us for His purpose.
If we reject the purpose that the Lord has given to us, we become useless, and the Lord will destroy our house!
1Co_3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
It is easy to see that He who has built our house is far greater than the house as magnificent as it is!
*Heb 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.
Who is our Creator? Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
It is this Son of God who is our God!
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
The Son of God is the Lord Jesus Christ!
1Jn_5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
We cannot miss these things if we study the Word of God!
The Lord Jesus has built the house of this entire Universe and He has built my house which is now His house!
The Lord Jesus is the Son of God, who is God, and He is as much God as our Heavenly Father and God the Holy Spirit!
He possesses the very nature of God because He is God!
Christ Jesus made the house. He laid the foundations of our Universe, and He is the House of all God’s people.
You know the Lord has to live within me, before I can live within Him!
Moses may have been the greatest man who ever lived to the Jews, but the message of the Book of Hebrews is that the Lord Jesus Christ is far greater than Moses!
In fact, this is the message of all the Word of God!
In fact, no matter what person is alive today, or from the past, or may be in our future, they will never surpass the Lord Jesus Christ in greatness!
We can only be residents of this universe, but the Lord Jesus is God the builder of our universe!
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Moses nor any other human being can possibly reach the greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ!
*Heb 3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
To speak of Moses to the Jews is difficult and delicate thing to do.
It is hard for the Gentiles to understand just how much the Jews regard Moses.
They see Moses as a man who dedicated his entire life to the obedience of the God of his father’s Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who would be Israel).
All God’s dealings with Israel were transacted through Moses until he died.
To the Jews, Moses was the Mediator of the Covenant with God.
He brought Israel out of Egypt.
He led them through the Red Sea.
He gave then the Moral Law the Ten Commandments and in fact gave them 613 laws.
It was by Moses that the national life of Israel was organized!
Moses could not go into the Promised Land because Moses was not a perfect man!
Moses was much inferior to Christ Jesus as Moses was just a “servant” to God.
Moses was much inferior to Christ Jesus in respect to his work, as Moses prophesied of a greater revelation to come, which was the Messiah.
Moses was servant to the house of God.
*Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
The Lord Jesus Christ is servant of His own House, the House of God, the Church.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the also the Apostle and High Priest of our profession and who has now been seen to be much greater than Moses.
Christianity is the completed “House of God” on earth over which Christ Jesus reigns as the Son of God!
To be called to Christ is a much higher calling than to have been called to Moses.
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is Son over God’s House and Moses was only a servant to God’s House!
Moses was called to be a servant to proclaim these things to come sometime in the future as many they now have come.
Moses was to predict and show by example, in symbols and typology, what the Savior of the world would be like and what He was to do when He came into the world.
When God gave Moses messages to deliver, Moses struggled for He did not always understand that message nor those symbols, and God did not explain these things to Moses for it was not yet time.
Remember verse one and two in Chapter 1.
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Moses may have been the greatest servant of God to have ever lived, but he was only a servant!
Moses was a created man, working in a created world, and the Lord Jesus Christ is our Maker and the Creator of all things. Again Chapter 1 Verse 2.
The Lord Jesus Christ is building God’s House with “believers”.
Believers are not those with only head knowledge!
Believers are those who believe everything the Bible says about the Son of God who is the Lord Jesus Christ.
You cannot pick and choose what you will believe about the Lord Jesus.
The entire Bible centers on the prophecy and the fulfillment of that prophecy of all things about the Lord Jesus Christ!
How do we become believers? “If we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm in Jesus Christ until the end which means the day the Lord Jesus returns to take us home”.
Our confidence comes by our hope in the salvation given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ!
We must believe the promises of God!
We should walk in the glory of the Lord, no matter our circumstances!
We must stay focused upon the Lord Jesus Christ!
When we attend the House of God to worship, then we need to worship, nothing else in the House of God has this importance.
We are going to the House of God to hear the message God has for us on that particular day, we need to pay attention.
When we do not go, we miss that message and the importance of it!
Jesus Christ is far greater than Moses and Moses truly was one of the greatest men who ever lived in our world!
If we cannot cling to the hope in the salvation provided by the Lord, we cannot be saved, and we will never enter into the House of God in Heaven, the house that Jesus has prepared for us!
2Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
What should we rejoice the most about in this world?
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
We should rejoice that our names are known in Heaven.
God knows us my name!
Make sure He knows your name and writes your name down in the Lamb’s Book of Life!
We must travel the narrow path of Jesus and not the path of Moses!
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
We can have a better relationship with our God only because we have a relationship with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!