-In this chapter the author is making points on the critical and essential element of belief in the life of the true follower of Christ Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1). If we share in this Heavenly calling, we must consider Jesus, His faithfulness and His appointment, as our Deliverer with all trust and obedience (Hebrews 3:2). Jesus has been counted worthy of much more glory than Moses as the builder of the house, whereas Moses was simply a faithful servant of the most high God testifying to the Messiah (Hebrews 3:3-5). Jesus is over God’s house as the faithful One, and we are part of “His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting (in Christ alone) in our hope (Hebrews 3:6, 14).” *Application* Our hope is in Christ Jesus and His work alone. All other things in Scripture point to Him as our Rock and our Salvation. Trust is the key ingredient to become part of His House (His Body, salvation). The disobedience of belief is the one thing that God cannot stand. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Therefore, it is our responsibility and duty first and foremost to believe that God exists and is a faithful rewarder of those who trust in Him (Hebrews 11:6). It is as simple as that when it all comes down to it.
-The passage works with the disobedience of those Hebrews that went into the wilderness with Moses, but hardened their hearts in rebellion as they were tested in their faith. After they had seen all the miraculous deeds of God in their deliverance from Egypt, they still had doubts and complained greatly in unbelief. God was provoked with that generation and would not let them enter into rest because they refused to trust in the Lord’s great and mighty provision as they went astray in their HEART and did not KNOW the ways of God (Hebrews 3:7-19). The same applies to the readers in the New Testament and to us in this modern age. *Application* You cannot enter into God’s rest unless you believe. This is a simple concept to understand, but the application proves difficult in our wandering and unstable hearts. Resolve that you will relinquish complete and utter control to the Lord of this universe by totally trusting in who He is and what He has done for you. It is the ONLY way to peace, hope, eternal life, and joy. He wants to give you rest, but you must really believe. Otherwise, you have hardened your heart in disobedience and have no part of Him.
Verse to memorize- Hebrews 3:6, 19