Study through Hebrews Chp. 3 Exploration and Discussion:
v. 1 “holy brothers” (cf. Col 1:2) writer is referring to readers as set apart members of a brotherhood and dear to him. What does it mean to live as “holy believers?”
Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood.
Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
For us today: we are supposed to be set apart (consecration) for a special purpose, and pursue our purpose within the context of family (church body).
How are you doing in being (holy) set apart/consecrated to serve our holy God?
1 Cor 1:2, Eph 5:1-3…2 Tim 1:5-10, Tit 1:7-8, 1Pet 1:15-16, 2 Pet 3:10-11
What are we struggling against? What or who is trying to hinder us from being set apart everyday? Who makes us holy? Ref. Heb 2:10-11. Eph 6:10- Jam 1:13-
What does the “heavenly calling” imply? Who initiates the call for us to be holy?
“Therefore,” (2:17-18) because Christ has taken our nature and is able to help us, therefore we are invited to fix our________________ on Jesus the ____________ and ____________ whom we confess.
v. 2 Who was faithful to God Moses or Jesus?
v. 3 Why was Jesus found worthy of greater honor than Moses?
Moses was part of the _____________ but Jesus was the ____________of the house.
v. 4 Is Jesus equated with God here?
v. 5 Moses was _______________ as a ______________(honored servant)
v. 6 But Christ is faithful as ________________. And we are his _____________ IF we hold on to _________________ and _______________ of which we boast.
We as God’s house: Eph 2:17-19, 1Pet 2:4-5
Courage—the Greek can also mean confidence; the word for boasting can also mean proud.
So, To ensure I/you are God’s house: we must persevere with confidence and be proud about knowing and eagerly expecting God’s triumph! Christian hope!
v. 7-11 quote from Psalm 95:7-11 (cf. Ex 17:1-7)
What does “Today” suggest to us? Is the voice of God sounding now/today?
v. 8 How do we harden our hearts today? Is it to ignore the voice of God and act in accord with our/your own desires?
v. 9 The Israelites exhibited a lack of faith and failed to appreciate God’s provision and grace, they put him to the test….(sinned against our holy God)
v. 10 Is God angry with sin and compromise today from those who say they are Christians? Their______________ are always going astray, and they have not_______________________.
We need to be clear that God is not angry with repentant sinners saved by grace, but with those who rebelliously ignore the love and grace of God.
In fact, “in Christ” we are perfect, redeemed, sanctified, because of the blood of Christ applied to our sin: past, present, and future! Rejoice in this truth and may our Lord empower us to hunger and thirst for holiness.
What are God’s ways for us today? The Israelites should have known! Should we know? Is it a serious matter when we neglect opportunity to know God’s ways? Is it worse to know God’s ways and fail to adhere because of sin?
v. 11 Is it possible that many will not enter his rest who say they are Christians?
Matt 7:21-27 God knows those who are His through Christ.
v. 12 Is it also the case that even though the opportunity is there, even genuine Christians won’t take the steps to mature?
This is where we need eachother. To be a disciple means to pursue self discipline and be accountable to brothers who can call us on our tendency to rebel. More often than not, we resist God the Holy Spirit and maintain an attitude of pride, a selfishness that hinders others from keeping us accountable (humble).
“Living God” when one turns, he or she is turning away from a living dynamic person and not from some dead doctrine or rules for living a holy life!
v. 13 Again, we need each other! How often are we supposed to encourage each other? Do we have to become accountable to other Christians in order to lower the risk of creating a hard heart? Sin is considered__________________.
v. 14-15 We share in Christ if_________________________. Do you think your heart has become hardened in certain areas of this life? How can you examine yourself to see if you have hardened your heart or compromised?
v. 16-19 Are we like those who rebelled? Will we enter rest if we disobey?
Do we face the same dangers if we fail to believe what God has promised?
(All Scripture references from New International Version Bible (1984).