“Jesus Greater Than Moses” – Hebrews 3:1-6

August 12th, 2018

Hebrews 3:1-6

“Jesus Greater than Moses”

Aux. Text: John 5:31-47

Call to Worship: Psalm 95

 

Service Orientation: Seek the greatest Savior. CONSIDER:  Moses freed Israel from Egypt; Jesus frees mankind from sin.  Moses gave us God’s Law; Jesus will write God’s Law in our hearts.   Moses is a part of God’s house, Jesus the builder.  Moses is God’s faithful servant; Jesus God’s faithful Son.  Seek Jesus Who is greater.

 

Bible Memory Verse for the Week:  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.—  John 1:17

 

Background Information:

  • He began by proving that Jesus was superior to the prophets; he went on to prove that Jesus was superior to the angels; and now he proceeds to prove that Jesus is superior to Moses.

It might at first sight seem that this is an anticlimax.  But it was not so for a Jew.  For him Moses held a place which was utterly unique.  He was the man with whom God had spoken face to face as a man speaks with his friend.  He was the direct recipient of the Ten Commandments, the very Law of God.  The greatest thing in all the world for the Jew was the Law, and Moses and the Law were one and the same thing.  (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, Hebrews, 28-9)

  • To the Jew it would have been impossible to conceive that anyone ever stood closer to God than Moses did, and yet that is precisely what the writer of the Hebrews sets out to prove. (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, Hebrews, 29)
  • Steadily the author has been advancing the argument that Jesus is superior to anyone and anything. Now he turns to an OT figure most significant in Jewish history and thought.  It was very difficult for a Jew to think of anyone greater than Moses.  Even the NT refers to Moses’ greatness, mentoring him some 80 times, more often than any other OT figure.  But great as Moses was, Jesus was far greater.   As a result, to forsake Jesus would bring results far more terrible than to forsake Moses.  (Richard E. Lauersdorf, The People’s Bible: Hebrews, 24)
  • The preceding section ends with the description of Jesus as a merciful and faithful high priest. The writer now turns to explain in what capacity Jesus can be called faithful (just as later, in v. 1-10, he elaborates his conception of Jesus as a merciful high priest).  (Adam & Charles Black, Black’s NT Commentaries: Hebrews, 69)
  • (v. 1) They are called “holy” brethren in this verse, not because of the things they did, but because the word holy means “separated”–they were separated unto God. They belonged to Him.  (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary: Hebrews 1-7, 53)
  • (v. 1) They are the people who share in a heavenly call. This in fact introduces another characteristic theme of this letter, the word “heavenly.”  The writer speaks also of the heavenly gift (6:4), the heavenly sanctuary (8:5), heavenly things (9:23), the heavenly country (11:16) and the heavenly Jerusalem (12:22).  In all cases the “heavenly” is contrasted with the earthly, and in all cases the heavenly is the superior, the real as compared with the shadow.  If the heavenly call is understood in the same sense, it must mean a vocation which has a spiritual and not a material direction.  (Donald Guthrie, Tyndale NT Commentaries: Hebrews, 97)
  • (v. 1) The origin of the call is God, “our Father in heaven” (Mt 6:9; 7:11); and the church of God, the ecclesia, is precisely the company or brotherhood of those whom God has called out for himself from this fallen world. The call, moreover, is heavenly in the end to which it leads as well as in the origin from which it springs.  It is “the upward call” (Phil 3:14) summoning the Christian to a heavenly homeland (Heb 11:16) and to the heavenly Jerusalem (Heb 12:22).  Further, as our author solemnly warns in 12:25ff., to turn a deaf ear to him who speaks from heaven can mean only perdition.  (Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, 126)
  • (v. 1) The use of the personal name immediately focuses attention on his work on earth, the mission God became man in order to fulfill. The joint title “the apostle and high priest” also focuses on that work.  “Apostle,” used only here of Jesus in the NT, involved the thought of mission, referring to one who is commissioned for something.  God had sent his Son as the authorized envoy to speak for him and carry out his will.  “High priest” refers to the sacrificial nature of his mission as we have previously noted in 2:17 and will see again later in greater detail.  (Richard E. Lauersdorf, The People’s Bible: Hebrews, 26)
  • (v. 1) Significantly, Jesus is referred to by the terms apostle and high priest only in the Book of Hebrews: “apostle” this once and “high priest” twelve times. The words used together here are freighted with immense significance.  (R. Kent Hughes, Preaching the Word: Hebrews, 91)
  • (v. 1) Jesus repeatedly describes himself (over ten times in John’s writings alone) as being sent by the Father into the world. Jesus is “the first apostle, the great apostle, the source of all apostleship.”  His apostleship is prior to all apostleship and is the foundation of all that would follow.  His apostleship meant “mission accomplished.”  (R. Kent Hughes, Preaching the Word: Hebrews, 92)
  • (v. 1) In the basic sense of the word, he is indeed the first apostle, the great apostle, and the source of all apostleship. This is plain from the terms with which he commissioned those who are familiarly known as the apostles:  “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you” (Jn 20:21; similarly 17:18).  His apostleship is prior to and the ground of theirs.  (Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, 127)
  • (v. 1) The Latin for a priest is pontifex, which means a bridge-builder. The priest is the person who builds a bridge between man and God.  To do that he must know both man and God.  He must be able to speak to God for men and to speak to men for God.  Jesus is the perfect High Priest because he is perfectly man and perfectly God; He can represent man to God and God to man.  He is the one person through whom man comes to God and God comes to man.  (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, Hebrews, 31)
  • (v. 2) In the 66th chapter of his magnificent prophecy, Isaiah records the words of the Lord, saying, Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool; what is the house which you would build for me?. . .All these things my hand has made (Isa 66:1, 2). Paul, in preaching to the Athenians, reminded them that God . . . does not live in shrines made by man (Acts 17:24).  Even as he said those words the Temple was still standing in Jerusalem.  No, God does not dwell in buildings.  (Ray C. Stedman, How to Live What You Believe, 36)
  • (v. 2) In Exodus 35 to 40 there are 22 references to Moses’ faithfulness to God. Exodus 40 alone refers eight times to Moses’ obedience in everything God commanded of him.  But he was not a son.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 82)
  • (v. 6) The conditional statements in this epistle are significant. The writer wishes to make it clear that only those who are consistent with what they profess have any claim to be part of the “house.”  The Word for “confidence” (parrēsia), sometimes translated “boldness,” is another characteristic idea in this epistle.  Here the implication is that we have a solid assurance to hold fast to.  (Donald Guthrie, Tyndale NT Commentaries: Hebrews, 102)
  • (v. 6) The proof that you are a child of God is that you hold to the faith. That doesn’t make you a child of God, but it does prove that you are a child of God.  If you are a believer, you will hold on, not because you are able but because He is able to make you stand.  (J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary: Hebrews 1-7, 59)
  • (v. 6) True Christian confidence is unwavering faith in a trustworthy God. He who has promised to keep us is eternally faithful and will not disappoint his people, but that truth is not meant to encourage careless complacency.  (Raymond Brown, The Bible Speaks Today:  Hebrews, 81)
  • (v. 6) It does not mean that one is a part of the family of Christ only if he holds on to his hope until the end of life. But that he is in that family if he really possesses such a hope.  And this he has if he has believed in Christ.  Once he does, he has a hope or assurance which is guaranteed to abide throughout this life and beyond.  The idea of expression in “boldness” suggests that one proves that he does possess it by expressing it in word and/or deed.  (Herschel H. Hobbs, Hebrews: Challenges to Bold Discipleship, 34)
  • (v. 6) Nowhere in the NT more than here do we find such repeated insistence on the fact that continuance in the Christian life is the test of reality. The doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints has as its corollary the salutary teaching that the saints are the people who persevere to the end.  (F. F. Bruce, The New International Commentary on the NT: Hebrews, 94)
  • Judaism did not understand then, and does not understand now, that Moses was faithful primarily as a testimony to things which were yet to come in Christ. Judaism without Christ, the OT without the NT, is incomplete.  It is the shadow without the substance.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 82)

 

The questions to be answered are . . . How is Jesus superior to Moses?  And why should I care?

 

Answers: Moses was part of God’s house; Jesus is the builder.   Moses was God’s faithful servant; Jesus is God’s faithful son.  It was Moses’ job to foreshadow Jesus Who would come and fulfill what Moses began.  We should seek the Greatest Savior.

 

HOW DOES MOSES COMPARE TO JESUS?

Moses:                                                                                       Jesus:

served as a prophet                                              served as the greatest of prophets

honored God as a servant                                                       remains honored as God’s Son

led God’s people out of bondage from            leads people out of bondage to sin

Egypt

administered the law                                           fulfills the law

received the law from angels                                                receives worship from angels

sinned                                                                                        never sinned

died and was buried                                            died but rose from the dead

had a ministry that could only                                               had a ministry that brought

condemn, not save                                               righteousness and eternal salvation

had a fading glory                                               has glory that is eternal

(Bruce Barton, Life Application Bible Commentary: Hebrews, 34)

 

There are no less than eleven Greek words in the NT all rendered “consider,” four of them being simple ones; seven, compounds.  The one employed by the Holy Spirit in Heb 3:1 signifies to thoroughly think of the matter, so as to arrive at a fuller knowledge of it.  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 154)

 

Moses was esteemed by the Jews far above any other Jew who ever lived.  God had miraculously protected him as a baby and personally provided for his burial.  Between those two points in his life are miracle after miracle after miracle.  He was the man to whom God spoke face to face.  He had seen the very glory of God and, in fact, even had this glory reflected in his own face for a brief while.  After he came down from Sinai, “The skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him” (Ex 34:29).  He was the one who led Israel out of Egypt.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 74)

 

To “consider” Christ means to behold Him, not simply by a passing glance or giving to Him an occasional thought, but by the heart being fully occupied with Him.  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 154)

 

The Word for the Day is . . . Think

 

The proofs presented in this passage of our Lord’s immeasurable superiority are seven in number, and may be set forth thus:  Moses was an apostle, Christ “the Apostle” (v. 1).  Moses was a member of an “house;” Christ was the Builder of one (v. 3).  Moses was connected with a single house, Christ “built all things,” being the Creator of the universe (v. 4).  Moses was a man; Christ, God (v. 4).  Moses was but a “servant” (v. 5); Christ, the “Son.”  Moses was a “testimony” of things to be spoken after (v. 5), Christ supplied the substance and fulfillment of what Moses witnessed unto.  Moses was but a servant in the house of Jehovah, Christ was Son over His own house (v. 6).  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 162)

 

Moses not only brought the Ten Commandments but he also wrote the entire Pentateuch, which lays out the Levitical and other laws that governed everything the Jews did.  Moses gave the plans for the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 74)

 

Yet great as was Moses, the Holy Spirit in this third section of Hebrews calls upon us to consider One who so far excelled him as the heavens are above the earth.  First, Christ was the immeasurable superior of Moses in His own person: Moses was a man of God, Christ was God Himself.  Moses was the fallen descendant of Adam, conceived in sin and shapen in iniquity; Christ was sinless, impeccable, holy.  Again; Christ was the immeasurable superior of Moses in His Offices.  Moses was a prophet, through whom God spake; Christ was Himself “the Truth,” revealing perfectly the whole mind, will, and heart of God.  Moses executed priestly functions (Ex 24:6; 32:11); but Christ is the “great High Priest.”  Moses was “king in Jeshurun” (Dt 33:5); Christ is “King of kings.”  To mention only one other comparison, Christ was the immeasurable superior of Moses in His work.  Moses delivered Israel from Egypt, Christ delivers His people from the everlasting burnings.  Moses built an earthly tabernacle, Christ is now preparing a place for us on High.  Moses led Israel across the wilderness but not into the Canaan itself; Christ will actually bring many sons “unto glory.”  May the Holy Spirit impress our hearts more and more with the exalted dignity and unique excellency of our Savior.  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 153)

 

This section is written to partakers of a heavenly calling, who desired a heavenly country (11:16), and who had come to the heavenly Jerusalem (12:22).  All of these blessings show the superiority of Christianity to Judaism.  Judaism was an earthly calling with an earthly inheritance.  Christianity is a spiritual and heavenly calling with a spiritual and heavenly inheritance.  It is, therefore, far superior.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 75)

 

As the shape of a shadow is related to the form of the substance of which it is the shadow, so the structure of the form of the Mosaic system, not merely in its tabernacle, priesthood, and ceremonial (chs. 5 and 7-10), but even in its history (3:7-4:13, 11:23ff., and 12:18ff.), had a typological affinity with the eternal reality of the gospel; though at the same time, like a shadow, it lacked perfection and permanence.  Above all, the testimony of Moses “to the things which were to be spoken later” looked ahead from the provisional and fragmentary utterances of those times to the utterance of God’s final Word, spoken in the person of the Son, who himself is The Word (Jn 1:1), the authentic and eternal reality in whom all the utterances of God find their ultimate meaning and fullness (Heb 1:1f.; 2 Cor 1:20).  Christ is the true focal point of the Mosaic perspective.  (Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, 136)

 

How is Jesus Superior to Moses?:

I-  Moses was a part of God’s house; Jesus is the builder.  (Heb 3:2-4, 6; see also: 1 Cor 3:9; Eph 2:19-22; 4:4-6; 1 Pt 2:5)

 

A building is never truly called the house of God, either in the NT or the OT in the present or in the past.  Certainly no church building, since the days of the early church, could ever properly be called the house of God.  The early church never referred to any building in that way.  As a matter of fact, the early church had no buildings for two or three hundred years.  When they referred to the house of God they meant the people.  A church is not a building, it is people!  (Ray C. Stedman, How to Live What You Believe, 35-6)

 

To rank both builder and building on the same level is foolish.  Now look at Moses and Jesus.  Though important as their leader, Moses was only part of the house of Israel.  Jesus as God was the builder of that house, just as he is the “builder of everything.”  As a creature Moses occupied a high position in Israel and was worthy of honor.  As the Creator of all, including Moses and Israel, Jesus was worthy of the highest honor.  (Richard E. Lauersdorf, The People’s Bible: Hebrews, 26)

 

The NT saints join the OT believers when they receive Christ, so that the house of God is made up of saints of all ages (Eph 2:19-22; 4:4-6).  But since Jesus is doing this work AS A MAN, the writer wants to show that he is not doing it for Himself.  So he observes for his readers that God is the real Builder, building His house THROUGH CHRIST.  After all, He is the Founder of all things.  This, of course, is but another way of saying that Christ is God.  The emphasis, though is on Jesus’ work as a Man.  God is working through Him, even as He works through us to carry out His will.  (C. S. Lovett, Lovett’s Lights on Hebrews, 64)

 

The picture in the mind of the writer to the Hebrews is this.  He thinks of the world as God’s house and God’s family.  We use the word house in a double sense.  We use it in the sense of a building and also in the sense of a family.  The Greeks used oikos in the same double sense.  The world, then, is God’s house and men are God’s family.  (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, Hebrews, 31)

 

To which house does the author refer with the words, “We are his house”?  It is the one described in Eph 2:20, 21 as the “household built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.”  All believers of Old and New Testaments are part of this glorious house, built on and ruled by the Son.  (Richard E. Lauersdorf, The People’s Bible: Hebrews, 27)

 

Via the Holy Spirit, He indwells believers so that their bodies become temples of the Spirit (1 Cor 6:19).  In the moment of salvation, every believer is baptized into Christ, to form a single BODY, the church (1 Cor 12:13).  This invisible body of true believers constitutes the true household of God, prompting Paul to say, “Ye are God’s building” (1 Cor 3:9).  This spiritual body is composed of ALL the saints, both Old and New Testament believers.  It is a spiritual HOUSE which God inhabits through the Spirit (Eph 2:20-22).  God now has the house He wanted when He began the human program: a house made of “living stones” (1 Pt 2:5).  (C. S. Lovett, Lovett’s Lights on Hebrews, 63)

 

II-  Moses was God’s faithful servant; (Heb 3:5-6; Ex 4:10; Num 12:7-8; Dt 34:5; Josh 1:7; 1 Kgs 8:53; 2 Kgs 21:8; 1 Chr 6:49; 2 Chr 1:3; Neh 1:7-8; Ps 105:26; Dn 9:11; Mal 4:4; Rv 15:3) Jesus is God’s faithful son.  (Heb 3:5-6; see also: Mt 16:16-17; 26:63-64; 27:54; Mk 1:1; 5:7; 14:61-62; 15:39; Lk 4:41; 8:28; Jn 3:16; 11:4, 27; 17:1; 20:31; Acts 9:20; Rom 1:4; 1 Cor 1:9; 2 Cor 1:19; Gal 2:20; Eph 4:13; Heb 4:14; 5:5; 1 Jn 1:3, 7; 4:15; 5:5, 20; 2 Jn 1:3, 9)

 

The writer shows that Moses’ status as servant was greatly inferior to Jesus’ status as son.  Moreover, in spite of his greatness, Moses never achieved his aim of leading the Israelites into the promised land; this too is in strong contrast to the completed work of Christ, which is so strongly stressed later in the epistle.  (Donald Guthrie, Tyndale NT Commentaries: Hebrews, 96)

 

In Moses’ case the servant had an important task to perform to bear testimony to what was to follow.  In other words what Moses represents in Jewish history is not in itself complete.  It was pointing forward to a fuller revelation of God at a later time, i.e. it concerns things that were to be spoken later, which must point to the time of Christ.  The mission of the servant, great though it was, prepares the way for the far greater mission of the Son.  (Donald Guthrie, Tyndale NT Commentaries: Hebrews, 101)

 

Though Moses faithfully carried out his duties as a servant in God’s house, his task was to bear witness “of those things which were to be spoken later” (3:5).  In other words, Moses’ ministry was a foreshadowing of Jesus’.  It pointed to Him and anticipated His coming.  Jesus Himself demonstrated this after His resurrection when He said, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Lk 24:44).  And Jesus explained to some of His followers how the Scriptures pointed to Him, “beginning with Moses and with all the prophets” (Lk 24:27).  Clearly, the one to whom Moses was pointing is worthy of more glory than Moses himself.  (Charles R. Swindoll, Swindoll’s Living Insights: Hebrews, 48)

 

In this passage we see that Moses is by person a servant, while Jesus is by person a Son.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 82)

 

Again Moses’ faithfulness is emphasized in a way which suggests no more than a servant.  The word for servant here is not the usual term doulos used elsewhere in the NT, but therapōn, which occurs only here.  It refers to a “personal service freely rendered.”  It is a more tender word than doulos and does not imply the latter’s overtone of servility.  Even so the personal attendant cannot share the same status as the son.  (Donald Guthrie, Tyndale NT Commentaries: Hebrews, 101)

 

Worship Point: Worship the God Who not only gives you His Law so you can know best how to live your life in the world He has created; but will also (through the Holy Spirit)  put His Law in your heart and mind so you can know it and obey it and thus enjoy life in all of its abundance.  (Jer 31:31-34; Ezek 11:19-20; 18:30-32; 36:24-33)

 

If you want to enjoy Jesus you have to stay with Him until you learn to enjoy Him.  Stay there until your Christian life is one thrill after another.  Until every waking moment of every day is joy upon joy upon joy.  Consider Him.  Focus your attention on Him.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 77)

 

And it is our failure at this point which explains why we know so little about Him, why we love Him so feebly, why we trust Him so imperfectly.  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 154)

 

Gospel Application:  Only Jesus can set you free from your guilt, hopelessness, despair, and meaninglessness.  Freedom can only come by inviting Jesus into your heart (continually) and allowing Him to be Master and Lord of your heart that you can begin to enjoy the benefits that Christ (Who is greater than Moses) offers.  (Lk 4:18; 13:12, 16; Jn 8:32-36; Rom 3:24; 6:6-22; 8:2, 15; 1 Cor 8:9; 2 Cor 3:17; Gal 2:4; 4:1-8, 22-31; 5:1, 13; Eph 3:12; Col 1:22; Heb 2:15; 9:15; 1 Pt 2:16-18; 2 Pt 2:19; Rev 1:5)

 

God’s heart is our habitation; our heart is God’s habitation.  When Jesus spake, “Abide in me, and I in you,” He taught us that mutual relationship.  The more my heart goes out to Jesus and lives in Him, the more He comes to live in me.  (Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, 109-10)

 

How is it possible for sinful worms of the earth to be thus denominated?  Because of their union with the incarnate Son, whose excellency is imputed to them, and whose position they share.  We are partakers of the heavenly calling because He, in wondrous condescension, partook of our earthly lot.  What He has, we have; where He is, we are.  He is the Holy One of God, therefore are we holy.  He has been “made higher than the heavens,” therefore are we “partakers of the heavenly calling!”  Just so far as our hearts really lay hold of this, shall we walk as “strangers and pilgrims” here.  Where our “Treasure” (Christ) is, there will our hearts be also.  That is why we are here bidden to “consider” Him.  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 157)

 

As the Apostle He speaks to us from God, as our High Priest He speaks for us to God.  The two offices are conjoined in Jn 13:3, “He was from God and us:  as Apostle He is close to me; as Priest, He is close to God.  (Arthur W. Pink, An Exposition of Hebrews, 156)

 

We do not place our hope in what we do, but what he has done.  Believers do not rely on what they are; that would be a religion of merit.  They base their entire spiritual confidence on what he is.  (Raymond Brown, The Bible Speaks Today:  Hebrews, 81)

 

Spiritual Challenge:  Fix your thoughts on Jesus and THINK!  Why do we need what Moses gave us:  The Law?   How can we do what no one has ever done and enjoy the resultant benefits:  Obey the Law of God (Moses) perfectly and have eternal life?   Who can help us possess and obey the Law?  (Heb 2:1; 3:1; 12:1-3)

 

If we are ever to learn Christian truth, a detached glance is never enough; there must be a concentrated gaze in which we gird up the loins of the mind in a determined effort to see its meaning for us.  (William Barclay, The Daily Study Bible Series, Hebrews, 29)

 

There is more than one of my readers who mourns that he knows so little what it is to live a holy and a heavenly life.  Listen, God’s word speaks to you–Holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling!  Consider Jesus!  This is your weakness:  you have looked at yourself and your own strength; you have not studied Jesus!  This will be your cure:  each day, each hour, consider Jesus, and in Him you will find all the holiness and the heavenliness you need.  (Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, 105-6)

 

We are only strangers and pilgrims on earth.  Our bodies are in this world but we do not really belong here.

The writer is saying to his Christian Jewish readers, “You are citizens of the heavenlies, so why don’t you let go of the earthly things?  Why do you want to hang on to the earthly rituals, the earthly symbols, when you have the heavenly reality?”  As Christians we do not need religious ritual because we have spiritual reality.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 75-6)

 

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self:  to Jesus:  but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.  He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”  All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.  But, the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self:  he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”  Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the source of your hope; look not to your faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.  We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.  If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “Looking unto Jesus.”   Keep your eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon your mind; when you wake in the morning look to him; when you lie down at night look to him.  Do not let your hopes or fears come between you and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail you.  (Charles. H. Spurgeon, June 28 Morning Reading)

 

Nothing can make us conquerors but the bold and joyful spirit that day by day glories in the hope of what God will do.  (Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, 112)

 

No one can conquer without the spirit of a conqueror.  The powers of sin and Satan, of the world and the flesh, are so great, only he who is bold and glories in his hope upon what God will do will have strength to resist them.  And he only can be bold to face the enemy who has learnt to be bold with God, and to glory in Him.  It is when faith becomes a joy, and hope is a glorying in God, that we can be more than conquerors.  (Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, 112-3)

 

So What?:  THINK:  What are you trusting to save you?  Don’t seek that which can only give temporary or marginal salvation.  Seek Jesus the greatest Savior.  He is the only way to heaven.  (Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12)

 

The reason so many Christians are weak and worried is that they do not keep considering Christ, and so His full strength and comfort and guidance are not theirs.  (John MacArthur Jr., The MacArthur NT Commentary: Hebrews, 77)

 

How much do we think about Jesus?  Hebrews tells us to fix our minds, ponder carefully, and focus on the true significance of Jesus.  In our age of sound bites, fast food, and quick-fix solutions, very few people take time to think about anything or anyone.  In Jesus we have one to whom we should listen (God’s messenger), through whom we come to the Father (High Priest), and to whom we give obedience (the ruler of God’s house).  When you think about the significance and superiority of Jesus, how does it affect your life today?  Your decisions?  Your actions?  (Bruce Barton, Life Application Bible Commentary: Hebrews, 32)

 

It is because men do not know Christ that they do not love Him; it is because they know Him so imperfectly that they love Him so imperfectly.  (John Brown, Geneva Series Commentaries: Hebrews, 157)

 

JESUS:

GREATER THAN

MOSES

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