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Hebrews 3 – 4

Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy [truly godly] brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle [Messenger] and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 3:2 Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him [Jesus Christ was faithful to God the Father right up to and including dying; consider that his faith was that the Father would actually raise him up.]. As also Moses was faithful in all his house, [Moses was faithful with all his family, his household]. 3:3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses [Jesus Christ was given a greater glory than Moses, because Jesus was the Creator, the Builder of the creation and gave his life for his creation; while Moses was the creation of Christ.] Inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house.

Jesus Christ was the Creator of all flesh.

The Being that gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ was the God that Moses met at the burning bush and the God that Moses knew throughout the period in the wilderness.

Moses knew Jesus Christ. As it is written in another place,

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Creator God who became the Husband of Israel through a covenant which was mediated by Moses.

Hebrews 3:4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

The one who gave up his God-hood to become flesh as Jesus Christ, was the Implementing Creator who built all of creation.

3:5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony [an allegorical example] of those things which were to be spoken after; 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house [we are the spiritual Temple of God by the indwelling spirit of Christ] are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

We become the house of God through sincere repentance, the application of the redeeming sacrifice of Christ and the indwelling of the Spirit of God. The house of God [Temple] is the place where God dwells. He dwells in His house, His temple, and we become the temple of God if we persevere and overcome and turn to God with a whole heart and if He then comes through the power of His Spirit to dwell within us.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

WHY will we defile ourselves, the temple of God; by following idols of men and false traditions contrary to the Word of God? When such defilement only brings our destruction?

Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

We are commanded not to harden our hearts against a zeal to follow and live by every Word of God, turning away from our Mighty Deliverer just as Israel did in the wilderness when they set up over themselves leaders of false men to take them back into the bondage of sin.

Today most folks follow idols of men and false traditions away from God, as was done in ancient Israel. All those things were recorded for our instruction so that we would not make the same errors; and yet even with having God’s Spirit we still commit the same sins on a spiritual level.

3:8 [Brethren] Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 3:9 When your fathers tempted me [Christ], proved me [Christ], and saw my [Christ’s miracles] works forty years. 3:10 Wherefore I [the one who became Jesus Christ] was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Just as those people who covenanted with God at Sinai did not follow, know, and keep the ways of God. We who have covenanted with God the Father and Jesus Christ at baptism, have also strayed very far from the God of Our Salvation, and if we do not quickly and sincerely repent we will not be among the CHOSEN in the first general resurrection to spirit.

We are to take heed to be zealously faithful to the whole Word of God, lest we should be deceived into departing from God to follow idols of men and their false teachings

3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

We are godly; ONLY as long as we follow and are totally faithful to God the Father and Christ; therefore we MUST prove all things by the whole Word of God and hold fast to the Word of God ONLY!

3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice [listen to, follow and live by every Word of God] , harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

Not everyone that was called out of Egypt sinned in refusing to follow Christ and seeking to return to their bondage to sin; but those who did were destroyed in the wilderness and did not enter the physical promised land. Many were called out of Egypt and many were destroyed while others [their children] entered into that physical promised land.

It is the same with the spiritual New Covenant called out; those who do not have the works of faith [which is to follow and live by every Word of God without any hint of compromise]; those who turn aside from zeal for God to follow idols of men and false teachings away from God: Will not enter that spiritual Promised Land of eternal life in the first general resurrection to spirit.

ONLY the passionately faithful who keep the whole Word of God and follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth will be raised up in the first main resurrection to spirit and the Marriage of the Lamb!

God the Father and Jesus Christ are the deciders, the leaders the HEADS; NOT ANY MAN or ORGANIZATION OF MEN!

3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

We also see that this unbelief had as its fruit, sin, or rebellion against God.

God said, “Go into the land.” They said, “No, we will not go in.” They rebelled against God because they feared and they did not believe His promises.

This was written for our instruction; for we still do not believe and obey the whole Word of God to this day. We fear to be zealous for learning and keeping the whole Word of God, in the same manner that these men feared to enter the land.

In that case and in our case the same issue was lack of faith, a disbelief that God could and would care for us, and like those who could not enter the physical promised land through lack of faith, we shall not enter that spiritual Land of Promise [eternal life] if we lack the faith to be DOERS of the whole Word of God.

 

Hebrews 4

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest [the promise of a resurrection to eternal life], any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

The gospel was also preached to Israel by Moses and what was that gospel? Even within the Mosaic Covenant it was, REPENT and OBEY God.

The book of Deuteronomy is a farewell message from Moses; and in that book, Moses states over and over, “Keep the commandments of God. Keep your covenant with Him: which is that you will obey Him and do all that He says, you must live by every Word of God.”

That Gospel did not save those who did not have the works of faith, to believe and obey God; and today the Gospel will not profit anyone who does not have the works of faith to believe God and Obey Him!

If you want to enter into God’s rest; that is, to receive His blessing of the resurrection to eternal life, including the blessing of eternal prosperity and peace, we must keep the New Covenant and live by every Word of God.

4:3 For we which have believed [and obeyed] do enter into rest [rest from bondage to sin and death in the resurrection to spirit], as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief

Only those who have the works of faith to keep the whole Word of God, will enter into the resurrection to spirit and that spiritual rest of which the Sabbath is a type; ONLY those who in faith BELIEVE God and his promises and become DOERS of his Word will be resurrected to eternal life.

Those who do not believe and do not have the works of faith to live by every Word of God: Will NOT enter into that rest.

4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Because they remained in sin, they were not given rest in Christ [the promise of a resurrection to spirit].

4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. [or as the margin says:] a keeping of a Sabbath for the people of God.

4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

To cease from all our own labors on the Sabbath and spend time with our Maker in FAITH; is an allegory of resting [ceasing to] sin to be united with our Creator in the resurrection to spirit.

4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

The Word of God reveals all our sins, which sins are living contrary to any part of the whole Word of God: We all must work very hard to destroy all sin in ourselves and internalize every Word of God.

4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest [nothing is unknown to God] in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

Jesus Christ knows us. He knows our minds and he knows the intents of our hearts. He knows whether we are faithful to him or not and he knows whether we are faithful to God the Father or not.

He knows whether we are filled with passionate love and Christ-like zeal for God the Father’s, Word, will and commandments, or if we are only going through the motions in a pathetic attempt to try and reap that rest [reward] without paying the price of FAITHFUL obedience and passionate zeal. He knows whether we are faithful to the New Covenant of faithfully living by every Word of God to which we are called.

ONLY if we persevere and endure to the end and overcome; will we enter into a rest in the spiritual Promised Land in the resurrection to spirit and eternal life.

4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

At this point Paul reveals that Jesus Christ has now become our  spirit High Priest and that He has passed up into the heavens after his resurrection. Therefore, let us hold fast our profession, our belief, our faith and our works of faith.

4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Yes, we have a High Priest, who was God made flesh and who was tempted in the flesh and experienced the weaknesses of the flesh and suffered in the flesh. Therefore, He has empathy for us and He understands the things we have to endure and the things we go through and the problems we have. He will support and succor the faithful who believe and live by every Word of God; and he will reject the faithless who will not keep all of God’s Word with righteous zeal.

He is not going to justify our rebellion and our sins and our faults, if we do not sincerely repent of them. But if we are repentant and sincerely trying to live by every Word of God, we can then go to God the Father through our High Priest Jesus Christ asking for forgiveness and  for help, asking for the power to overcome, and He will give us that power through God’s Holy Spirit.

We can endure: We can overcome. We can beat sin and we can beat Satan through the power of God and through the power of God’s Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus Christ DWELLING IN US. But we have to ask for that Spirit. We have to diligently seek it and we have to allow it to dwell within us. We have to follow where it leads and we have to do what it guides us to do. And how does it guide us? It inspires us with an understanding of the Holy Scriptures of God and a passionate zeal to live by every Word of Almighty God.

Paul writes in Romans 7:12, that the law is holy and just and good. And we know that God’s Spirit is holy, therefore it will do nothing against the Scripture, it will do nothing against any part of the Word of God. It will empower us to live by every Word of God!

Any man or spirit who says, “ We keep the commandment because we want to, not because we must” or “this is only physical”, or “this is insignificant and not important”, or “God will understand my need to do this sin and will overlook it”: is a LIAR and does not have the Holy Spirit of God!

This is a spirit of Antichrist and of Satan! Because, regardless of what we want; the whole Word of God is binding forever and ever!

God’s Spirit will always point you to God, because it is God’s Spirit! It is the Spirit of God and is not divided from God, being always absolutely consistent with every Word of God!

 

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