Hebrews Series: The Glory of the New Covenant
Topic 3: Christ as a Son over His own house
By Apostle Aje Pelser, February 2009
Scripture: Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, Heb 3:2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. Heb 3:3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. Heb 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. Heb 3:5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, Heb 3:6 but Christ as 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.
Here we see some characteristics of Sons in the New Covenant:
1. “Holy Brethren”
As the Holy Spirit fashions the character of Christ in us, individually and collectively as we have fellowship in a church together, so we become “holy as God is Holy”. See also the ”Sanctification Process.”
2. Partakers of a heavenly calling
Apostle Paul speaks about an upward call – Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Php 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ Php 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; Php 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, Php 3:11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Php 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Php 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Php 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.2Pe 1:10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; 2Pe 1:11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
3. Connected with the Apostle and High Priest of our Confession Jesus Christ
Jesus is the cornerstone of the Church, the Chief Apostle, the Sent Son from God! We confess that He is Lord, we confess our sins to Him and He is first in rank and authority. He is also able and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Another plus for Sons of God in the New Covenant is the Fruits of the Spirit which include faithfulness. Where we once lacked the ability to remain faithful through temptation and trials, we now have the help of the Holy Spirit in the matter!
5. Following in footsteps of great men of faith
The key to understanding success of the faith heroes in the Bible is to realize that they were just normal human beings with a supernatural source. Elijah is described as a man with “like passions” in James’ Epistle. If you place men of faith on a pedestal for yourself, you will never do the “greater works” that Jesus speaks about.
6. Honoring the Master Builder, co-labouring to build the church
We are His workmanship created for goo works in Christ.
7. As we build God’s House He entrusts us with our own.