04-14-19 Hebrews 3:1-6

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Hebrews 2:17-18
17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Hebrews 3:1-6
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;
2 He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Hebrews 3:14; 6:4; 12:8
For we have become partakers of Christ…
… have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
… discipline, of which all have become partakers…

1 Corinthians 1:2 … those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling…
Ephesians 1:18 … the hope of His calling…
Ephesians 4:1, 4 … implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
… you were called in one hope of your calling.
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 1:11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling…
2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling…
2 Peter 1:10 … be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling…

Deuteronomy 34:10-12
10 Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
11 for all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt against Pharaoh, all his servants, and all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and for all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
He even trumps our president – sorry, that is a horrible pun.

1 Peter 1:10-12
10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

1. God’s Family

Holy brethren (3:1); whose house we are (3:6)
in bringing many sons to glory – 2:10
He is not ashamed to call them brethren – 2:11
I will proclaim Your Name to My brethren – 2:12
He had to be made like His brethren in all things – 2:17
I and the children whom God has given Me – 2:13
since the children share in blood and flesh, He Himself likewise also partook of the same – 2:14
He lays hold of the descendant of Abraham (faith) – 2:16

Hebrews 10:21-22
… since we have a great priest over the house of God. 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…

1 Peter 4:17
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Ephesians 2:19-22
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

1 Timothy 3:15
but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.

2. We are His house IF…

Hebrews 3:14
For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Luke 8:15
“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

3. Our Confession (3:1), Confidence & Boast (3:6)

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 4:14
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Romans 10:9
… if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

2 Corinthians 9:13
Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ…

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Hebrews 4:16
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 10:19
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

Hebrews 10:35
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

Philippians 1:20
according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

1 John 2:28
Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

Psalm 20:7
Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.

Psalm 34:2-3
2 My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.

Jeremiah 9:23-24
23 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:17
just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – but he who boasts is to boast in the Lord.

Galatians 6:14
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Mark 8:38
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Romans 1:16-17
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”

Hebrews 6:11-12, 18
11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,
12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
18 … take hold of the hope set before us.

Hebrews 7:19
… there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

4. Faithful

Numbers 12:6-8
6 He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. 7 “Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; 8 with him I speak mouth to mouth, even openly, and not in dark sayings, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses?”

Hebrews 2:17
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 3:2
He [Jesus] was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.

Hebrews 3:6
but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Revelation 1:5
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—

Revelation 3:14
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness…

Revelation 19:11
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

2 Timothy 2:11-13
11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless (V), He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Psalm 31:23
O love the LORD, all you His godly ones! The LORD preserves the faithful and fully recompenses the proud doer.

Psalm 37:3
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

Psalm 78:8, 37
8 And not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
37 For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant.

Luke 12:42-44
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43 “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 44 “Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

Luke 16:10-13
10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust (V) the true riches to you? 12 “And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

1 Timothy 1:12
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

2 Timothy 2:2
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Hebrews 13:7
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

James 2:17, 20, 26
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

5. Consider Jesus

Hebrews 10:24
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds.

 

Discussion Question

  • Look at points 1-5 and ask yourself how your life measures up to each one of those areas. What areas do you feel are strengths? What area or areas are the biggest challenges for you? What steps do you think you can take to see real growth in that area?

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