Monday, December 14, 2009

Hebrews 3: Remain #Confident In #Christ

Theme: Remain Confident in Christ 

A) Reasons 
1) Because He is a better person (1:1 - 4:13) 
C) Than Moses (3) 

Though both were faithful, Christ is worthy of more glory than Moses (1-5) 1) because He is the builder of the house, whereas Moses was part of the house (2-4); and 2) because He is a Son, whereas Moses was a servant (5-6). Christ, as God and creator, is the builder of "all things" ["house"] (4; cf. Col. 1:16-17), but specifically His assembly of believers (6; cf. Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:10-15). 

Since Christ is better than Moses, we should remain confident in Him (6, 14) . The account of Israel failing to enter the promised "rest" under Moses' leadership illustrates the importance of believers entering it under Christ's. But what is this "rest"? 

For national Israel, "rest" was the promised land. Though God delivered Israel from Egypt, most feared He would not save them from the giants in Canaan when Moses led them to Kadesh-Barnea. Some even wanted to go back into Egypt. As a result, they did not enter the promised "rest" of the land, and God chastened them with 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. 

Even for those who did enter the land, however, it was a place where an ongoing battle occurred with the enemies of God's people, even though it was described as their inheritance "rest". Joshua and Caleb, for example, entered the rest, by faith in God's ability to deliver them from the giants in the land, and spent the rest of their life fighting and gaining victory over them. 

For believers today, then, "rest" refers not to the eradication of all enemies, or even our sin nature, but to gaining victory over them, with the prospect ultimate victory over them, and freedom from eternal condemnation, through faith (rest) in Christ's finished work on the cross, not their own righteousness or personal merits. 

Since believers have been baptized into Christ's death to sin and resurrection to newness of life, they are empowered, by the indwelling Holy spirit, to gain victory over sin in their daily life (Rom. 6:1-14), and have the prospect of no condemnation as well as freedom from the struggle with their old sin nature, through faith (rest) in Christ (Romans 7 - 8). 

As you remain confident in the power of Christ to deliver you from evil and sin in your daily life, and from eternal condemnation, you experience the "rest" God has promised, in Christ.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.