Hebrews Chapter Three, Not Just A Good Man...

In our study of Hebrews chapter three, we will look at the fact that Jesus was not just a "good man" but, in fact, is the only way to a right relationship with God.

Hebrews 3:1

"Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess." NIV translation

Paul, reminds these Jewish brothers of what we saw in chapter 2 which was the fact that Jesus left heaven to come and live among us as a man. He did this to share in our humanity and to overcome the power of the devil. Because of this fact, we are reminded to stay focused on Him and not be distracted by the temporary things of this world.

Hebrews 3:2

"He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house." NIV translation

Now, Paul begins to compare Jesus with the greatest man the Jews had known which was Moses.

Moses was faithful in leading God's people to the edge of the promised land just as Jesus was faithful in showing God's people how we enter the promised land.

Hebrews 3:3 & 4

"Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything" NIV translation

There are people today that believe the fact that Jesus was a "good man" and some will even say that He was a prophet. But, as we see here, He was not just a prophet sharing the words of God with us or a leader showing us where to go. He was there when the "promised land" and everything else was created. Because of that fact, He is superior to all men including Moses.

Hebrews 3:5 & 6a

"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." NIV translation

We have all probably heard the saying "blood is thicker than water" and that is sorta what Paul is sharing here. Moses was a loyal servant of God and was honored because of that but Jesus is God's Son and is in charge of the house (the Master).