Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 3:1-6

FOCUSED ON CHRIST

HEBREWS STUDY #5                                                                     

 

s        Who are some of the people that have been adored by Christians and followed faithfully?

s        What is the danger of making the teaching of one person your final authority, even though that person may be a good teacher?

s        What does it mean to be focused on Christ?

s        How do we know when we are focused on Christ?

 

The most respected Old Testament character in the eyes of the Jewish People was Moses. It was important for the readers of the Epistle to the Hebrews to realize that the superiority of Christ included him being superior to Moses.  It was also important that these Christians be focused on Christ and no other.

CONSIDER CHRIST – Vs. 1

 

Ø     Notice our identity as “holy brethren”.

Ø     What does it mean to be holy?

Ø     How did we become holy?

1 Corinthians 6:11 - And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Ø     To whom are we brethren?  See Hebrews 2:17.

Ø     What does it mean to be partakers of the Heavenly calling?

Ø     How should being holy brethren and partakers of the Heavenly calling affect our behavior? Why?

Ø     According to John MacArthur, the word “consider” “implies attention and continuous observation.”  Christ is to be considered continually.  How do we go about doing that?

Ø     Jesus is the “Apostle” and “High Priest” of our profession. What do these terms mean?

COMPARE CHRIST (WITH MOSES) – Vss. 2-6a

 

ü     According to Vs. 2, what quality do Moses and Christ have in common?  How did Moses show it?  How did Jesus show it?

ü     Thinking of verse 3, what glory did Moses have?

ü     What glory does Christ have?

ü     Vss. 3-4 – What are the houses that Christ has built, and is building?  John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, Matthew 16:18

ü     What does verse 4 suggest to us about the identity of Christ?

ü     Vss. 5-6a - Notice that Moses was faithful as a servant, Jesus as a Son.

CLING TO CHRIST – Vs. 6b

à       Notice that the church is pictured as a house built by Christ.

à       How else is the church pictured in the Scriptures?  Romans 12:4-5, 

     1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Ephesians 2:20-22, 1 Peter 2:9

à       Is verse 6 teaching us that we can lose our salvation?

à       What does holding “fast the confidence and rejoicing in the hope firm to the end prove?” John 8:31

à       What can we conclude about those who “fall away” from a commitment to Christ? 1 John 2:19

à       How should this verse, 2 Peter 2:10, and 1 John 2:3-5 challenge us?

 

Romans 12:4-5 - For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: [5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 - For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

 

Ephesians 2:20-22 - And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; [21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: [22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

 

1 Peter 2:9 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

 

2 Peter 1:10 - Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

1 John 2:3-5 - And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. [4] He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [5] But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.