God’s Eternal Covenant With You: The Great one

The Great ONE!

Hebrews 3:1-6

 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 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. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” a bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

THEREFORE:

     Anytime you see a word like the first one in this paragraph you are being given instructions to do something extremely important.  For “therefore” means, considering what we have said.  So the writer is inviting us to consider that God really does want an eternal life covenant with you. Consider God wants each one to pay attention because much is at stake. Consider this covenant is for the family of God.  Consider that this was revealed to us through the spokesman Jesus. Consider he is greater than the Prophets who spoke and the Angels who spoke. Considering that his words carrying greater weight than all of these, I have something to tell you brothers and sisters. What does the writer want you and me to hear?  Well let’s see.

     First he wants you to know that, as sisters and brothers — and because of this covenant — you now share in “the heavenly calling.”  God is calling you, and it’s important that you do something about this calling.  Fix something.  What?  Fix your thoughts.  There is no room for stinking thinking here.  Focus your thoughts.  Get them on a specific target. Or I should say fix them on THE specific target. Now pay very close attention here: “Fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”

     I have a strong need for you to notice exactly what the writer is telling us here.  Look at what he calls Jesus. He says that we acknowledge Jesus as “our Apostle.”  He is also our “High Priest.”  He does not call him an apostle like Peter, James, John or Paul.  He is singularly more than just an apostle.  He is more than one among the many.  There is something very ultimate about this.  It’s like he is the Apostle above all the others and he is especially the one we can call ours, even in this 21st Century. Why? Because he is still alive!  He is also not just one of the Priests of the Old Testament. They all died. In time we will see that Jesus is so much more than a mere Priest in the Old Testament line of succession.   So, as we examine this wonder filled agape covenant, we see more information about why Jesus is so powerful that he can make this eternal life covenant with you work.

Yet Another One

     You would think that, by now, all the “greaters” regarding Jesus are done.  Nope! There is yet another one. If you check out the next few verses, you will see that Jesus is greater, not only than the Prophets, the Angels, the Apostles and all the High Priests combined. Jesus is even greater than Moses.  Indeed, as we read above, Moses what faithful in what he did for God, and Jesus was faithful; however, when we compare Moses to Jesus, says the writer, it’s like comparing a house to the creator of the house.  The house cannot build itself.  Nor can it build other houses.  But it can be a magnificent house that accomplishes that for which it was created.  Jesus is once again being described like God.  He is faithful to the Heavenly Father, AND He is a part of the action of creation.  God the Father, God The Son and God the Holy Spirit are involved in making the Moses type people of the world!

     As I said, Moses was faithful.  He was faithful as a witness.  God called him to witness to Pharaoh and all the others in Pharaoh’s court.  He was called to be a witness that God wanted the people of Israel to be delivered.  He demonstrated his witness with one miraculous event after the other.  But Moses was only a mere mortal.  Yes, he witnessed to millennia of generations about God’s law, and he witnessed to what God considered right and wrong.  He witnesses to what God calls good and evil.  These laws of Moses have influenced civilization positively for centuries.  Yet, Moses was still just a creation of the Creator. You don’t have to look far into this passage to see that Moses was a faithful servant of God. Moses even told the future God revealed to him, and it all came true.

The Builder Of God’s House People

    Nevertheless, Moses was just a part of the “house.”  Jesus, more importantly is described here as God’s Son who is over the “house.”  So who are the house people.  What constitutes this house mentioned here?  Who is in this house? Here is the answer: “And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”  As you read this remember this.  YOU are the house.  I am the house.  All God’s children are the house that Jesus is creating via this eternal life covenant. We only have to do one thing.  Hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

     When you read John 3:16, you will see that whoever believes in Jesus will never perish but have eternal life.  In the Greek language that word translated into English as “believe” is better translated as “holding on to, clinging to and trusting in.”  Yes, it is simple as believing the Lord Jesus.  And it’s important to know this means we need to grab hold of God’s promises of this covenant, cling to them, trust in them and him. Then Jesus will begin a new work that will build our broken down houses into nice eternal life filled homes.  This is true for now!  This is true forever!  This is OUR hope! This is our glory!

      It is the Great ONE who makes this all possible.  It is the ONE who is greater than the Prophets, The Angels, The Apostles, The High Priests, and The Law Giver, Moses.  It is the Great on who lived among us, sacrifices his blood, his body and his all.  He is The Great One who is GREATER than Satan and, as we said in a previous blog, destroyed Satan’s work.  He destroyed the power death has over us.  He is the Great ONE who has made The Eternal Life Covenant with you and for you.  More to come.

God Bless You,

Chaplain Mac

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