Hebrews 3:1–6 (NKJV)
The writer of Hebrews has just described the relationship of Christ to man, in that Christ came to dwell among men as a brother to mankind in order to save them through His vicarious death and His priestly act of bringing His own blood to the altar as a sacrifice to God for man’s sins. In this passage, He further describes the nature and role of Christ and then invites us all to see ourselves, through faith, as members of His household.
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, 2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. 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. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward, 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.Hebrews 3:1-6
The writing in this passage is an apologetic for the efficacy of Christ’s ministry, and a comparison of Christ with Moses. In possibly writing to a Jewish audience, the author of Hebrews is using an analogous statement of the similarities and contrasts between Moses and Jesus. First, he asks the reader, presumably Christians or called to be, to consider Christ Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of the confession of faith. His faithfulness is certain toward God the Father Who appointed Him. He also points to the faithfulness of Moses in the house of God as well. However, that is where the level of similarity ends. Moses was a great man as the leader of Israel from the time of the exodus from Egypt until just before they entered the promised land. Jesus Christ, however, is considered more worthy of glory than Moses. The rationale behind this distinction is the role of the individual in the kingdom of God. Whereas Moses was part of the house, Jesus was the builder of the house. As an equal with God and a member of the triune Godhead, Jesus was the architect and builder of the House of God on earth and in heaven. Verse four says clearly, “For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.”
The writer still gives Moses honor, calling him faithful in all the house of God as a servant, leaving a testimony of the things which would come later. However, Jesus is the Son over His own house, the people of God, the nation of the redeemed, and, as such, is the master rather than the servant. We are His house if we hold fast to the promises of God and live in the confidence and rejoicing of those promises until the end. Moses was a good leader, but was fallible. He led the Israelites out of captivity, but never made it into the Promised Land himself. Jesus, however, leads all the redeemed toward a land where all sin, sickness, and death will be over. His house on earth is the best house, pure and powerful and worthy. His house in heaven is perfect in every way and without flaw. Choose the house you will serve. However, in reality, the choice is simple if you look into the eyes of the Christ. His house is the only place to live!