He That Built All Things

Posted by on Jul 8, 2007

By Mike Withem, Pastor

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

July 8, 2007

Sunday Morning

“He That Built All Things”

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 3:1-6

Scripture Text: Hebrews 3:1-6

Introduction:

 

A.   In order for us to fully understand the passage that is before us this morning, we must first of all understand what the Jews of that day thought about Moses.

1. From what I have read, Moses was respected (reverenced) by the Jews far above any other Jew who had ever lived.

2. Why was this true?

3. To begin with, God had miraculously protected him as a baby, as well as personally provided for his burial, and between those two events in his life were miracle after miracle after miracle.

4. He was the man to whom God spoke face to face.

5. He had been in the very presence of God and seen His glory, and even had God’s glory reflected in his own face for a brief period of time.

6. The Bible says in Exo. 34:29, “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.”

7. In addition to this, Moses was the one who led them out of bondage in Egypt.

8. Moses was the one who brought them the Ten Commandments.

9. Moses was the one who wrote the first five books of the Bible, which laid out the Levitical and other laws that governed everything the Jews did.

10.   Moses was the one who gave them the plans for the both the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.

11.   While God spoke to the other prophets in visions, He spoke to Moses face to face.

12.   He spoke to him in a burning bush.

13.   He spoke to him out of heaven.

14.   He spoke to him on Mt. Sinai.

15.   Moses was, above all others, God’s man!

 

B.   However, as great as Moses was, our Lord Jesus is better than Moses.

1. Not only is Jesus better than the prophets.

2. Not only is Jesus better than the angels.

3. Jesus is also better than Moses.

4. This is why in Vrs. 1 of our text, the writer of Hebrews admonishes his readers to “consider…Jesus.”

 

C.   Now this raises a question, “Why is Jesus better than Moses?”

1. According to our text, Jesus is better for at least three reasons,

2. Notice, first of all, that Jesus is better because of…

 

I.       His Position.

 

A.   Look again at Vrs. 1 of our text, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”

1. Notice, first of all, that Jesus is referred to here as “the Apostle…of our profession.”

2. When we hear the word “apostle,” we automatically think of the original twelve apostles.

3. However, notice that Jesus is not referred to here as “an apostle,” but rather “THE Apostle.”

4. Now what did the writer of Hebrews mean when he referred to Jesus as “the Apostle…of our profession”?

 

5. The word “Apostle,” here comes from a Greek word (apostolos) that literally means “one who is sent.”

6. This being true, when the writer of Hebrews referred to Jesus as “the Apostle…of our profession,” he meant that Jesus is “THE One sent by God.”

7. Did you realize that in the book of John alone, Jesus said that He was sent here by His Father seventeen times?

8. The first time is recorded in John 5:23, where Jesus said, “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”

9. The last time is recorded in John 20:21, where Jesus said, “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

10.   And so, Jesus is “THE One sent by God.”

 

B.   Now this raises a question.

1. Why did God the Father send Jesus to this earth?

2. Well, as we saw last Sunday, He sent Him here for at least four reasons.

3. First of all, He sent Him here to save us from our sins.

4. Secondly, He sent Him here to sanctify us for His service.

5. Thirdly, He sent Him here to set us free from Satan’s shackles.

6. Finally, He sent Him here to sympathize with our sorrows and suffering.

 

C.   But someone says, “Wait a minute. Couldn’t we say that Moses was an apostle as well? After all, he was sent by God to lead the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt.”

1. That’s true, however, Moses was not “THE Apostle.”

2. You could say that he was “AN apostle,” but clearly he was not “THE Apostle.”

3. The mission that God gave to Jesus, when He sent Him into this world, was clearly the GREATEST mission that ever been given!

4. The apostle John put it like this in 1 John 4:9-10, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him….Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

 

D.   Now notice that not only does the writer of Hebrews refer to Jesus as “the Apostle…of our profession,” but he also refers to Him as the “High Priest of our profession.”

1. In order to understand the meaning of this, one must first of all understand the function of the high priest in Old Testament days.

2. You might remember that the primary function of the high priest was to, once a year, on what was called “the Day of Atonement,” enter into the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat as an atonement for the sins of Israel.

3. Jesus, of course, was not a high priest of Israel.

4. He is, however, the “High Priest” of all mankind, having entered into the “holy of holies” in heaven and, once and for all, offered His blood as an atonement for our sins.

5. Jump ahead, for just a moment to Heb. 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.”

6. Now jump ahead to Heb. 9:11-12, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;…Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”

 

E.   And so, Jesus is both “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession.”

 

1. As an apostle, He came from heaven to earth, so that He could die on the cross for our sins.

2. As our High Priest, He went from earth back into heaven, so that He could sprinkle His blood on God’s mercy seat in heaven as an atonement for our sins.

3. That’s why Jesus is better than Moses.

4. He is better because of His position.

5. While Moses was a prophet, Jesus is “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession.”

 

F.    Notice, also, that Jesus is better than Moses because of…

 

II.      His Performance.

 

A.   Now no one can deny that Moses performed some pretty amazing feats for God while he was Israel’s leader.

1. Notice again Vrs. 2 of our text, “Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.”

2. Because Moses was faithful to God, God used him to perform some pretty amazing miracles.

3. For example, when Moses was in Egypt confronting the Egyptian pharaoh, he brought ten terrible plagues upon Egypt.

4. When he lead Israel out of Egypt, he parted the waters of the Red Sea.

5. When the children of Israel found themselves without water in the wilderness, he brought water out of a rock by striking the rock with his rod.

6. And these are just some of the miracles that Moses performed.

7. And so, no one can deny that because Moses was faithful to God, God used him to perform some pretty amazing feats.

 

B.   However, how does Moses’ performance compare to that of our Lord Jesus?

1. The answer is, “There is NO comparison.”

2. Notice again Vrs. 3-4, “For this man (Jesus) was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house….For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”

3. Now what is the writer of Hebrews telling us here?

4. He’s merely telling us that as honourable (admirable) a man as Moses was, the God Who created him deserves even more honour (admiration).

5. (Illus.- Have you ever seen a beautiful house and thought to yourself, “Wow, this is a beautiful house!”? We’ve all done that, but let me ask you another question. While you were admiring the beauty of the house itself, did you ever think to yourself, “Wow, the guy who built this house must be a wonderful builder (craftsman)!”? If you are like me, you probably didn’t.)

6. But what did the writer of Hebrews tell us?

7. He said, “…every house is builded by some man.”

8. Every house has a builder, and as admirable as the house itself may be, the man who built the house deserves even more admiration!

 

C.   But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor. I thought God created everything, and now you are telling me that Jesus created everything. I’m confused.”

1. Do you know why your are confused?

2. You are contused because you are not taking into account the fact that Jesus is God!

3. Notice again Vrs. 4 of our text, “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.”

4. This passage is clearly talking about Jesus, “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession,” and so “he that built all things is” Jesus!

5. Listen to John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….The same was in the beginning with God….All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

6. Paul put it like this in Col. 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

 

D.   Do you what’s wrong with this world today?

1. People admire the house, but give no credit to the builder of the house.

2. They admire (and even worship) the creation, but give no credit whatsoever to the God Who is responsible for the creation.

3. Paul put it like this in Rom. 1:25, which says, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.”

 

E.   And so, Jesus is better than Moses because of His performance.

1. He is better because of His position.

2. He is better because of His performance.

3. Notice, finally, that Jesus is better than Moses because of…

 

III.    His Pedigree.

 

A.   Notice that once again the writer of Hebrews commends Moses for his faithfulness to God.

1. First of all, in Vrs. 2 we are told that “…Moses was faithful in all his house.”

2. Now again in Vrs. 5 Moses is commended for his faithfulness to God, it says, “And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.”

3. This is one of the reasons that Moses is mentioned in God’s Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11.

4. Moses was, indeed, a faithful servant.

 

B.   However, having said that, as faithful as Moses was, there is no way that he can even begin to compare with Jesus.

1. Why not?

2. Because Moses was a “a servant,” and Jesus was “a Son.”

3. Notice again Vrs. 5-6 together, “And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;…But Christ as a son over his own house;”

4. (Illus.- I’m told that during those terrible days of slavery, the children of slaves would sometimes play with the Master’s children. Seeing them play together in the yard, one might have been led to think that they were all the same [equal]. However, if you understand the nature and the cruelty of slavery, you know this was not the case. There was big difference between the son of a slave and the Master’s son. You see, one was a servant and the other was a son.)

5. And so, Jesus is better than Moses because of His pedigree, His relationship with His Heavenly Father.

6. Do you remember what happened when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist?

7. Listen to Mat. 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:…And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

 

C.   Now notice again Vrs. 6, especially how it ends, “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”

1. Some interpret this to mean that our eternal destiny depends on whether or not we can hold on until the end.

2. This, of course, is not true.

3. The Bible teaches us very clearly that we can neither save ourselves nor keep ourselves saved afterwards.

4. It takes the grace of God to save us and the power to God to keep us saved afterwards.

5. The apostle Peter put it like this in 1 Pet. 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,…To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,…Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

6. And so, we can neither save ourselves nor keep ourselves saved afterwards.

7. What then does the writer of Hebrews mean by the words found in the latter part of Vrs. 6?

8. He simply means that one of the proofs that a person is truly a member of God’s “house” (family) is the fact that he or she will “hold fast” (continue to base their hope in Christ) “unto the end” of their lives.

9. In other words, they will not abandon nor renounce their faith in Christ.

10.   (Illus.- Sometimes when I am defending the doctrine of eternal security, the question will be asked, “What about those who profess faith in Christ, then later on in life abandon their faith, completely renouncing their previous profession. What about these people? Are they still saved?” My answer to that question is always the same, “They were never saved in the first place.”)

11.   Turn with me to 1 John 2:18-19, “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time….They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.”

12.   Let us remember that Hebrews was written to Jews who had professed faith in Christ and, because of persecution, were considering abandoning their faith and once again embracing their old religion.

13.   The writer of Hebrews is saying, “If you are truly a member of God’s house (family), if you have been truly born again, you won’t do that!

Conclusion:

 

A.   Why is Jesus better than Moses?

1. Because of His position (“the Apostle and High Priest of our profession”).

2. Because of His performance (“he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house”).

3. Because of His pedigree (“But Christ as a son”).

 

B.   Before I close, I want us to look just one more time at Vrs. 6 and notice two things about our “hope” as believers in Christ.

1. The writer of Hebrews uses two words to describe this hope, the word “confidence” and the word “rejoicing.”

2. The hope that we, as believers in Christ, have is both a sure hope and a joyful hope.

3. May I ask you a personal question?

4. Do you have this hope in Christ, that is both sure and joyful?

5. If not, you can this morning!