7781 - Over God's House
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Today we continue in the early verses of Hebrews 3 so we again see the name of Moses as it relates to the house of Israel, and the name of Jesus as it relates to the house of God, or literally to the family of God throughout eternity.
Listen to Hebrews 3, verses 5 and 6:
Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and hope of which we boast.
These verses are speaking about Moses and Christ giving service in some part of the house of God. In context Moses is commended as being a faithful servant in the house of God as relating to the Israelite people here on earth, particularly during the last forty years of his life, during which he was God’s chosen instrument to shepherd Israel from Egypt to the promised land of Canaan.
Scripture gives a clear picture of the close relationship, which existed between God and Moses. This verse seems to be speaking of how trustworthy Moses reported to the people the things God spoke to him face to face. Scripture tells us that God spoke clearly to Moses and not in dreams and visions as he sometimes did with others. He spoke in terms that Moses could easily understand, and then pass on to the people.
This applied to the many times Moses approached God in the ‘Tent of Meeting’, in the camp of Israel; as well as, on the mountain when God passed the Law to Moses. God had a very special relationship with Moses.
But a very different relationship existed between each of them and Father God. Whereas Moses was a servant, Messiah/Christ was the Son of God. Whereas Moses was in God’s house as a part of the Israelite family, Christ’s exalted position was over God’s house. This reference extends to Christ’s position as High Priest over the house of God — and more specifically to the eternal family of God throughout all ages.
The ‘we’ in verse 6 gives reference to the believers in the age of grace. This is the Church, the body of Christ, some of which is now present on earth, during this last age before Christ returns.
The last sentence in this passage has caused much searching and prayer to discern the meaning of these words: “We are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”
Some have read into these words that believers can lose their salvation.
These words as well as some others which follow later in this book, were directed to people who had identified themselves to a church of Christian faith. They had made profession, by word at least, to faith in Christ/Messiah.
But at a later time, either because of apathy, family pressures, persecution or for other reasons, some of these people face the pressure to renounce their professed faith. The alternative was to hold fast to their faith and with confidence, courage and strong hope face the opposition by taking refuge in Jesus.
The issue in question is not the security of the believer, but is a question of whether the one who gives up and checks out, ever possessed salvation in their inner spirit.
Again, the retention of salvation is not what is in question. Rather its whether this person ever possessed salvation in their life.
This passage proposes a test by which people can tell whether a church member is really saved or not when they die.
If a person who is under attack, holds fast their confidence and courage, and they continue rejoicing in living out their professed hope by faith in Messiah/Christ firm to the end of their lives, that fact shows that they are indeed a true member of the house of God. They were saved in the past, have had salvation throughout the attack, and are saved for eternity.
Such people will be together with Trinity God and other brothers throughout eternity.