Talks for Growing Christians
Christ is Superior to Moses
Lesson Number 6
- Christ is superior to Moses
a. because Christ is the Apostle and High Priest of our confessions
b. because Christ is the builder of all things
c. because Christ is the Son over His own house
- Let the “ifs” of scripture motivate you, not scare you.
- The author of Hebrews stresses two basic points in chapters one and two. What are they and why are they so important?
- There is one more argument that the author must make to his audience before he can move on to the great theme of the epistle. What was this argument? Why did this argument have to be made?
- How is Christ superior to Moses?
- What is the great theme of this epistle?
- What is an “apostle”?
- Christ is greater than the prophets and Christ is greater than the angels. They were important because the audience was Jewish, and the Jewish mind held the Old Testament prophets and the angels in high esteem. The prophets were God’s spokesmen who wrote the scriptures and the angels were lofty creatures, not bound by the frailties of man. Jesus was a man who suffered and died, so they would have questioned how He could be superior to the angels. The author wrote to show Christ’s superiority.
- That Christ was superior to Moses. To the Jewish mind, Moses was the greatest of all the prophets.
- Because Christ is
a. the Apostle and High Priest of our confessions
b. the builder of all things
c. Son over His own house
- The Priesthood of Christ.
- Apostle means a “sent one”.
- Refer to Hebrews 3: As Apostle, Christ represents God to us. As our High Priest, Christ represents us before God. Consider Him, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. Note that believers are addressed as holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling. We are brethren because we have been brought into the family of God. We are holy brethren because this present world is not our home. Aren’t you thankful that you are a believer? Are you looking forward to your heavenly home?
- Moses was faithful as a servant in God’s house, but Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house. The service of Moses was temporary, pointing forward as a testimony to the future in the coming of Christ. Consider especially the work of Christ as a Son over God’s house, the Church or body of believers. Aren’t you glad that you are a living stone in this Church?
- Read Hebrews 3:6, considering the “if”. Let the “ifs” of scripture motivate you, not scare you. A true believer perseveres, holding fast the confidence and the rejoicing to the end. Are you persevering in the faith? Are you holding fast your confidence in Christ? Are you a rejoicing Christian?
- “Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus.” -Hebrews 3:1
“Christ Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.” -Hebrews 3:3
“Christ is a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.” -Hebrews 3:6