Hebrews Chapter 3
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The superior worth and dignity of Christ above Moses is shown. (1-6) The Hebrews are warned of the sin and danger of unbelief. (7-13) And of necessity of faith in Christ, and of stedfastly following him. (14-19)1-6 Christ is to be considered as the Apostle of our profession, the Messenger sent by God to men, the great Revealer of that faith which we profess to hold, and of that hope which we profess to have. As Christ, the Messiah, anointed for the office both of Apostle and High Priest. As Jesus, our Saviour, our Healer, the great Physician of souls. Consider him thus. Consider what he is in himself, what he is to us, and what he will be to us hereafter and for ever. Close and serious thoughts of Christ bring us to know more of him. The Jews had a high opinion of the faithfulness of Moses, yet his faithfulness was but a type of Christ's. Christ was the Master of this house, of his church, his people, as well as their Maker. Moses was a faithful servant; Christ, as the eternal Son of God, is rightful Owner and Sovereign Ruler of the Church. There must not only be setting out well in the ways of Christ, but stedfastness and perseverance therein to the end. Every meditation on his person and his salvation, will suggest more wisdom, new motives to love, confidence, and obedience.
7-13 Days of temptation are often days of provocation. But to provoke God, when he is letting us see that we entirely depend and live upon him, is a provocation indeed. The hardening of the heart is the spring of all other sins. The sins of others, especially of our relations, should be warnings to us. All sin, especially sin committed by God's professing, privileged people, not only provokes God, but it grieves him. God is loth to destroy any in, or for their sin; he waits long to be gracious to them. But sin, long persisted in, will make God's wrath discover itself in destroying the impenitent; there is no resting under the wrath of God. "Take heed:" all who would get safe to heaven must look about them; if once we allow ourselves to distrust God, we may soon desert him. Let those that think they stand, take heed lest they fall. Since to-morrow is not ours, we must make the best improvement of this day. And there are none, even the strongest of the flock, who do not need help of other Christians. Neither are there any so low and despised, but the care of their standing in the faith, and of their safety, belongs to all. Sin has so many ways and colours, that we need more eyes than ours own. Sin appears fair, but is vile; it appears pleasant, but is destructive; it promises much, but performs nothing. The deceitfulness of sin hardens the soul; one sin allowed makes way for another; and every act of sin confirms the habit. Let every one beware of sin.
14-19 The saints' privilege is, they are made partakers of Christ, that is, of the Spirit, the nature, graces, righteousness, and life of Christ; they are interested in all Christ is, in all he has done, or will do. The same spirit with which Christians set out in the ways of God, they should maintain unto the end. Perseverance in faith is the best evidence of the sincerity of our faith. Hearing the word often is a means of salvation, yet, if not hearkened to, it will expose more to the Divine wrath. The happiness of being partakers of Christ and his complete salvation, and the fear of God's wrath and eternal misery, should stir us up to persevere in the life of obedient faith. Let us beware of trusting to outward privileges or professions, and pray to be numbered with the true believers who enter heaven, when all others fail because of unbelief. As our obedience follows according to the power of our faith, so our sins and want of care are according to the prevailing of unbelief in us.
Deborah's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 9/18/2012, 7:20pm...
So many of us harden our hearts toward each other, maybe a friend or family member said or did something to us and we stay mad for years and sometimes we forget why we are mad . We need to be more like the Lord, forgive like he forgave us .What if the Lord didnít forgive us, where would we be? HELL for real.
Lydia Kiriire's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 2/09/2012, 3:17am...
Holding on our confidence steadfast unto the end is when we refuse to trust anyother thing except CHRIST.Provocation is when we see him suffering on the cross for our sakes and we decide that he did not do enough,we have to do more!That is why some did not make it to the promised land,and that is why some will still not make it in this new testament due to hardened hearts! Love not accepted will not work for the one to whom it is given, However wonderful it may be! We need Christ to go through life under his rest, otherwise it will be strife and death!
Maddie's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 1/21/2012, 12:04am...
i love his word its true
Zbee1's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 8/06/2011, 4:56pm...
It is interesting to note that Jesus, having suffered extreme temptation to not go through with his mission to die on the cross--literally shedding great drops of blood because his nature is such that he can't even think a sinful thought--is just the opposite of what most of us do: we resist temptation to the point of being uncomfortable, then we give in to our sinful nature. We don't resist our sinfun natures. The Lord actually resisted his SINLESS nature and became sin for us. How incredible.
StephendeRafael's Hebrews Chapter 3 comment on 6/21/2011, 4:41pm...
Harden not your hearts the apostle exhorts us probably from prison where he wrote most od these letters from. But rather believe as did Paul. Before Jesus appeared unto him on the road to Damascus, Paul was still zealous in his religous beliefs. Above his fellow scholars, scribes and pharicees. And God took notice for there was new wine to be put into old bottles and Paul had to be "broken" first. The bible is full, pregnant with these lessons for all to partake from for God wants us to have the knowledge given to his Son so that we can be like him, for the deciple cannot be greater than his Master.
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