Dear brothers and sisters, greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Before getting into the topic, I wanted to give you the background of writing this article. Last year in the months of November and December, God guided me to prepare for a focused study on some topics in a month, throughout the year. So we will have a topic of the month, and we will study and meditate various things as God reveals and guides. Submitting to His will, I started working on the topic of this month.
The topic of this month is, “The House”. So today we will meditate based on Hebrews 3:1-6.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 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. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 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. – Hebrews 3:1-6
The portion talks about two men. The Lord Jesus Christ and Moses. These two were faithful to him that appointed them. Obviously it is God the Father who appointed them. For what they were appointed? To take care of “His House”. Here, the house is not the physical building but the household or family or people. So, we can understand that the house represents the “people of God”. The portion we meditate highlights the faithfulness of Jesus and the faithfulness of Moses.
In the 5th verse, we can see that, Moses being the servant of God, was faithful in all his house. God appointed Moses to lead his people to the promised land. Moses was faithful in leading them. Due to the rebellious nature of Israelites, God on multiple occasions offered Moses a chance to discard Israelites and bless Moses. But, Moses denied those offers and was faithful for His calling with honesty and humbleness.
But Jesus is the Son of God and God appointed him to lead the people of God to eternal life. Moses was faithful to God being a servant. But Jesus who is the Son of God was faithful to God to lead the “people of God” to eternal life. Jesus was faithful unto death on the cross of Calvary, so that “the way” to the eternal life is laid down. If we read verse 3, it is written that “the one who builds the house has more honor than the house”. That means, Jesus is the one who built this house, that’s why he was ready to pay the highest price to save his house from destruction. That’s why it is written in Hebrews 2:9-11 like this,
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren – Hebrews 2:9-11
But in the 6th verse, it is written, that “if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end, then we are his house or we belong to his household.” what is this confidence and hope? To understand this we need to go to Hebrews 2: 14-18.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 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.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. – Hebrews 2:14-18
So our confidence is, we have the Son of God, who took part in the flesh and blood of the human being, to destroy the power of death and devil, through his death in the flesh, and to deliver the men from the bondage of the fear of the death. He went through all the temptations of the flesh so that, he could be the merciful and faithful high priest for the weak brethren, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Our hope is the salvation which is so great, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.
That’s why it is written, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, (Hebrews 3:15). How one can harden his heart? By unbelief. So to hold fast the confidence and rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end, we should NOT PROVOKE GOD, WITH OUR UNBELIEF ON THE GOSPEL. In simple words, “IF WE HAVE FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, WE ARE GOD’s HOUSE or HOUSEHOLD”.
Today, the aspect of “the house”, we saw is, having faith in Lord Jesus Christ firm unto the end, we are his house or household. In other words, we become God’s people when we have faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, firm unto the end. THE HOUSE means THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the wonderful words you have brought before me. Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ who humbled himself to become flesh and died on the cross to deliver me from the bondage of death and Satan. Thank you for the confidence of my redemption and thank you for the hope of my eternal life. I pray to provide your grace not to provoke you with my unbelief like Israelites in the wilderness but have faith in thy Son, Lord Jesus Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!