Remember who it is you follow, with whom you are brethren. Both these offices, which Moses and Aaron severally bore, he bears together, and far more eminently; of our profession — Of the religion we profess, of which Jesus is called the Apostle, because he was sent by God to reveal it; and the High-Priest, because we receive its blessings through his mediation. The 17th verse asks the same question as the 18th, but the answer is different. Hebrews 3:1. by Grant | Nov 1, 2018 | Hebrews | 0 comments. (Witham) --- Jesus Christ is not only our apostle, he is the doctor, the legislator or the religion we profess. The calling, here, is used very much in the sense of 1 Corinthians 7:20, to denote the permanent state resulting from permanent obedience to the call, and which has solidified into the correlative profession soon named. c. Partakers of the heavenly calling: Because Jesus is committed to bringing many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10), we are partners in His heavenly calling. Greek. There is very little difference between Apostle and Prophet, thus applied; but the one brings into relief the mission, the other the office and position. Those that fly to this doctrine and that, unsettled spirits, wandering stars, mere meteors of the night, these are not Christ’s, but we must hold the beginning of our faith steadfast unto the end. You see what kept many of your forefathers out of Canaan, and made their carcasses fall in the wilderness; take heed lest you fall into … Get an high idea of him as faithful unto God in everything. Wherefore, [ Hothen (Greek #3606)] - 'Whence;' i:e., Seeing we have such a sympathizing Helper, you ought to 'contemplate attentively,' fix your mind on Him, so as to profit by the contemplation (Hebrews 12:2). Note the imperative in 3:1 and an imperatival idea semantically encoded in the conditional clause of v. 6. And as humanized Sufferer (Hebrews 2:9-18) he is our High Priest. Hence He is termed the Apostle of our profession, and is thus contrasted with Moses, whom God sent to deliver Israel. The word thus links Jesus closely with the Father in a unique relationship and firmly establishes Him as God’s chosen. Butthey did not become brethren by their holiness; they were born into that relationship regardless of their knowledge of God. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. I. Hebrews 3:17. Moses was a prophet and a teacher, and Aaron was a priest; but the two offices belong to Christ. By Him the Gospel was first promulgated. Our “Hebrews” here addressed rejoiced in the grandeur of the divine Apostle, the glorious Messiah, but were shrinking almost to apostasy from the degradation of the High Priest, the suffering Messiah. —Rather, over His house. The frequent use of by our Lord to denote the Father’s mission of the Son authorises the present application of . Hebrews 3:1, etc. The true reading is Jesus simply, with special reference to His human nature and His connection with ourselves (see Hebrews 6:20, Hebrews 7:22, Hebrews 11:4; Exodus 3:10-15). 1 John 4:14. Submitted by admin on Thu, 2010-05-20 17:45. For every house is builded by some man but he that built all things is God. Hence Christ is said not only to be made of God unto them righteousness, but sanctification. Let us now fully and steadily analyze his nature in each office. Parallel with this argument as to His superiority to angels (Hebrews 1:4) runs that which follows as to His superiority to Moses (Hebrews 3:3): (1) Because as Son over the house He is above the servant in the house (Hebrews 3:5-6), just as the angels were shown to be but ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14), whereas He is the Son (Hebrews 3:7-8). The sins of others, especially of our relations, should be warnings to us. The writer thus confidently hopes that he is speaking to those who are true believers. Here for the first time the writer designates his readers, and he does so in a form peculiar to himself (the reading in 1 Thessalonians 5:27 being doubtful) , “Christian brethren,” literally “brethren consecrated,” separated from the world and dedicated to God. Very well done sermons on Hebrews … 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. But to provoke God, when he is letting us see that we entirely depend and live upon him, is a provocation indeed. More Hebrews commentaries. But Christ was sent fromheaven by God!!! , “of our confession,” or, whom we, in distinction from men of other faiths, confess; chiefly no doubt in distinction from the non-Christian Jews. Wherefore; on account of the character and work of Christ as exhibited in the previous chapter. 1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. He draws a Comparison between Christ and Moses. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. The usual New Testament meaning of this is “fellow Christians,” including both men and women. What God proclaims we 'confess.'. It is through Him God has spoken (Hebrews 1:1). shaliyach- “apostle,” to the minister of the synagogue; to him who presided over its affairs, and who had the general charge of the services there; and in this sense it might be applied by way of eminence to Moses as being the general director and controller of the religious affairs of the nation, and as “sent” for that purpose. ‘Apostle and High Priest.’ He was sent from God to His people from Heaven (John 3:13; John 3:16-17; John 3:31; John 3:34; John 5:36-38; John 6:29 etc.) Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling, take note of Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess (Hebrews 3:1) “Therefore” informs us that our author is linking our text with what has been said earlier. (Hebrews 2:11) It should bless and encourage us that Jesus calls us His holy brethren. Hebrews 3:18. Well, if you be holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” Think much of Him. Gospel. He gives the Hebrews a proper caution, and enforces it with an affectionate compellation.1. Verses 3 through 6 provide the basis for the exhortation. Note also the same in 2 Peter 1:5-11: the great exhortation to diligence on our part, by such diligence making "our calling and election sure" (which is the great exhortation in Hebrews, is it not? 1:11, 12) yet note, they did not obtain the "calling" by excellent behavior, nor lose it by failure, but enjoyed it in a faithful walk. Holy brethren. Now Christ is above the angels (Hebrews 1:1-14; Hebrews 2:1-18), because: (2) as Son of man, because manhood, though for a time lower than angels, is in Him exalted above them to the lordship of "the world to come," since He is at once Messenger of God to men, and atoning Priest-Representative of men before God (Hebrews 2:17-18). With such a Leader what manner of people ought we to be? Think of Jesus. Hebrews 3:1 (King James Version) A.F.V A.S.V. He is not the created thing, He is the Creator. “Holy brethren,” made brethren in holiness and made holy in our brotherhood, -- “partakers of the heavenly calling” — called of God from among the worlds. The High Priest was one taken out of the people, and bound to the people by ties of the closest and most intimate kind. See John 3:12. If you are his house be not defiled: surely he should dwell in a holy place. He compares Christ as an apostle, with Moses; as a priest, with Aaron. Hebrews 3:12. Partakers of, partners in a ‘calling’ that comes from heaven and leads to it, besides giving the tastes and spirit appropriate to our destiny (John 3:31; Matthew 3:2; Philippians 3:20), servants, therefore, and workers under a new and divine economy. “In the word ‘heavenly’ there is struck for the first time, in words at least, an antithesis of great importance in the Epistle, that of this world and heaven, in other words, that of the merely material and transient, and the ideal and abiding. He gives the Hebrews a proper caution; the word is, Take heed, blepete —look to it. The Jews were called to a promised land here on earth; Christians are called by God to Eternity! As Moses especially was the prophet by whom 'God in time past spake to the Fathers' (Hebrews 1:1), being mediator of the law, Paul shows that, great as was Moses, the Son of God is greater. It might have been otherwise. He is the Son, and the High Priest. . A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Hebrews. ), God grant that none of this congregation may be of that mind, who having named the name of Christ and being known as his people, continue to grieve him one way and another, to put him to the test by their doubts to make him angry by their sins. The privileges of the Sinai covenant were peculiar to Israel, Amos 3:2; but the Gentiles were fellow-heirs, Ephesians 3:6; and therefore the Hebrew believers are described as partakers of the heavenly calling. Hebrews 3:1. , “wherefore,” if through Jesus God has spoken His final and saving word (Hebrews 1:1), thus becoming the Apostle of God, and if the high priest I speak of is so sympathetic and faithful that for the sake of cleansing the people He became man and suffered, then “consider, etc.”. Our confession is that for which we take a public stand in water baptism, namely, Christianity (cf. Christ Jesus—Words signify anointed or Messiah Saviour. I'm not adamant about it, but you will see in my commentary notes here a frequent reference to Paul's authorship. Christ Jesus. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling.” What wonderful titles! Hebrews 3:1 to Hebrews 4:13.—Chapters 3 and 4 as far as Hebrews 3:13, form one paragraph. (1) Wherefore.—The address which here begins (the first direct address in the Epistle) bears the same relation to all that has preceded, as Hebrews 2:1-4 bears to the first chapter. Jesus, the Son of God, is greater than Moses, a servant, and He is certainly greater than Elijah.We will do well if we first start with the teachings of Christ and use them to "interpret" the rest. was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? My Christian brothers. Heaven is the world of realities, of things themselves (Hebrews 9:23) of which the things here are but ‘copies’ ” (Davidson). Hebrews 3:1–19 Jesus Greater Than Moses 3 Therefore, holy brothers, 1 you who share in r a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, s the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, t just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s 2 house. 4:1; 2 Thess. High Priest— Briefly unfolded in Hebrews 1:14-14, (as Apostle is in Hebrews 1:1-13,) and fully developed in Hebrews 4:14 to Hebrews 10:18. ρονομίας, κατανοήσατε τοὺς κόρακας, ἀποστείλω σε πρὸς φαραώ, ὁ μὲν δὴ μέγας Ἀρχιερεὺς τῆς ὁμολογίας, Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. administrator over the incoming dispensation, ; he is the glorious Messiah. Heavenly calling - coming from heaven, and leading to heaven. So Jesus, "the Apostle of our profession," is delegated to intercede for the Church before the Father. Hebrews: Bible Study and Commentary. The considerations alluded to are His superiority not only to the prophets but also to the angels, inasmuch as He was "over all, God blessed for ever." Hebrews 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Hebrews 1:3, NIV: "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." eum qui Dei causam apud nos agit. ), God guarding us against stumbling, and guaranteeing assurance of an "entrance richly supplied ... into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.". Let the reader keep constantly in mind the leading thought in this book, namely, the superiority of the system of Christ over that of Moses. New International Version (NIV) He has already in the first two chapters given us a vivid word picture of the glory and status of Jesus in all that He is as the Son and in all that He has done for us, and now he says ‘consider Him, gaze on Him (‘behold’ - Hebrews 2:9), weigh Him up, take Him into your hearts, meditate on Him, and never cease having Him in your thoughts’. They have been effectually called by Him and set apart to a heavenly life, both through enjoying ‘eternal life’, the life of ‘the world to come’, already in this life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:13), and by living by faith now in the heavenlies, in the spiritual realm, in Christ (Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 2:4-7), as citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20), setting their minds on things above and not on things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2), until they are ‘led to glory’ (Hebrews 2:10) and finally reach Heaven itself (Hebrews 12:22). No, God grant we may be of another sort lest he should lift his hand and swear, “They shall not enter into my rest.”. Believers are called to follow after holiness, Hebrews 12:14; to mortify their members which are upon the earth, engrossed with earthly objects, Colossians 3:15; and we are assured that all shall be judged according to their works, Revelation 20:12; Galatians 6:7-8; 2 Corinthians 5:10. And. , here, is used very much in the sense of, , to denote the permanent state resulting from permanent obedience to the call, and which has solidified into the correlative. Want of faith brings want of holiness, and when we abide in the faith we abide in obedience. Oh, children of God, you have some of you been more than forty years now in the Lord’s service: do not vex him. By thus calling upon them to consider Christ Jesus in these characters, the apostle seems to intimate that the believing Hebrews had not sufficiently adverted to the nature and quality of the person and offices of Christ, and for that reason were kept in the entanglements of Judaism; therefore he exhorts them to fix their minds attentively on the sublime subject. This should bless and encourage us to press on, even through times of difficulty and trial. They are also represented as partakers of the heavenly calling. Genre; Hortatory. Consider the Apostle — The messenger of God, sent immediately from him to preach that gospel to you which you profess to believe; the highest office this in the New Testament; and High-Priest — This was the highest function in the Old Testament church. Hebrews 3:1-4:16 Commentary - The Superiority of Christ’s Priesthood over Moses; Hebrews 5:1-7:28 Commentary - The Superiority of Christ’s Priesthood over Melchizedek; Hebrews 8:1-13:19 Commentary - The Superiority of the New Covenant over the Old Covenant; Hebrews 13:20-25 Commentary - Benediction and Conclusion ; S LEWIS JOHNSON Sermons on Hebrews. A Comparison Between Jesus and Moses, The One The Son Over The House, The Other The Servant In The House (Hebrews 3:1-6), ‘For this reason, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, even Jesus.’. So John 20:21, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” The twelve were the human apostles of Christ; Christ was the divine Apostle of God. “Think what these great truths about Jesus mean. Our St. Paul will now so unfold both as to confirm their view of the grandeur of the, for the word embraces all the truths and beings we. Holy brethren. 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