The Letter to the Hebrews. Message Thirteen
II. Exaltation of Christ 1:4 – 10:18
The Word of God lifts up the Lord Jesus Christ, praising Him because He is worthy of all praise.
We have seen and I pray that we have learned that Jesus is –
A. Superior to the prophets. 1:1-3 and that He is –
B. Superior to the Angels. 1:4-2:18
Today we turn to the testimony that Jesus is –
C. Superior in Administration. 3:1-4:13 (Moses the Example)
In other words, we need to understand this morning that He is the Owner, Architect, Builder, and Director of His House, Whose house we are! Everything is created by Him and for Him. Everyone is created by Him and subject to Him. Everything answers to Him!
Ephesians 1:18-23 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
There is no doubt that He is King of Kings, that the Father hath given all things into His hands; that He said “All power is given unto me…”; that in Revelation 5:12 we read the testimony “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
We also need to remember that He is the administrator of His church! “I will build my church…”; Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
The recipients had been brought up by their families saying “Moses said…”, looking back at the religious system. Paul exhorted them to stay with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is better than Moses. Most of those who followed Moses and experienced the power of God firsthand turned back in unbelief. The problem was that they did not follow God by following His servant, they just followed Moses.
Again, the Law was not given to save people –
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
It would lead people to the Messiah –
Galatians 3:24-26 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Do not turn back to the servant (schoolmaster – works of the Law, religious activities) but stay with the Son! Rejoice and Worship Jesus. He is –
1. Superior in His position. Hebrews 3:1-4
Paul wanted the Jews to compare the position of –
a. The Son of God. Hebrews 3:1,4
‘Consider’ – to contemplate, to understand, to observe. Paul is instructing us to carefully consider the Lord by looking closely, examine carefully, and understand. As we begin to know Him, we will see Him truly as the –
1). Apostle Refer to John 20:21 “As the Father as sent me…”
And we will realize that He is our –
2). High Priest Chosen by God from among men to represent men before Him.
He is the Messiah (Christ), our –
3). Saviour The Promised One, the Redeemer of His people
And He is absolutely –
4). Sovereign Hebrews 3:4 “…He that built all things is God.”
Moses is known as the –
b. The Servant of God. Hebrews 3:2
A servant of God and greatly blessed among the prophets –
Numbers 12:6-7 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. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
The Administrator of the Law given to him by God on Mount Sinai. He was a great man, a respected man, and yet only a man. The Hebrews needed to remember this truth.
c. The Status of the Son and the Servant illustrated. Hebrews 3:3,4
Paul used the building of a house, which all of the people would be familiar with, to explain the difference in position between Jesus and Moses. He proved to them that the Architect, Builder, and Owner of the house is greater than those that serve Him in that house.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Both were faithful in their appointments. Moses is not being put down, Jesus is being exalted in His proper position – Superior to Moses
2. Superior in His possession. Hebrews 3:5,6
a. Moses – servant “…in all his (God’s) house…” 3:5
b. Jesus – Sovereign 3:6
1). Owner “…over His own house…”
2). Redeemer “…whose house we are…”
Ephesians 2:20-22 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
He is the Owner, Architect, Builder, and Director of His House, Whose house we are! Whose house you are if you are saved. Everything is created by Him and for Him. Everyone is created by Him and subject to Him. Everything answers to Him!