Hebrews 3* The superior worth and dignity of Christ above Moses is shown.(1-6) The Hebrews are warned of the sin and danger of unbelief.(7-13) And of necessity of faith in Christ, and of stedfastlyfollowing him. (14-19)1-6 Christ is to be considered as the Apostle of ourprofession, the Messenger sent by God to men, the great Revealerof that faith which we profess to hold, and of that hope whichwe profess to have. As Christ, the Messiah, anointed for theoffice both of Apostle and High Priest. As Jesus, our Saviour,our Healer, the great Physician of souls. Consider him thus.Consider what he is in himself, what he is to us, and what hewill be to us hereafter and for ever. Close and serious thoughtsof Christ bring us to know more of him. The Jews had a highopinion of the faithfulness of Moses, yet his faithfulness wasbut a type of Christ's. Christ was the Master of this house, ofhis church, his people, as well as their Maker. Moses was afaithful servant; Christ, as the eternal Son of God, is rightfulOwner and Sovereign Ruler of the Church. There must not only besetting out well in the ways of Christ, but stedfastness andperseverance therein to the end. Every meditation on his personand his salvation, will suggest more wisdom, new motives tolove, confidence, and obedience. 7-13 Days of temptation are often days of provocation. But toprovoke God, when he is letting us see that we entirely dependand live upon him, is a provocation indeed. The hardening of theheart is the spring of all other sins. The sins of others,especially of our relations, should be warnings to us. All sin,especially sin committed by God's professing, privileged people,not only provokes God, but it grieves him. God is loth todestroy any in, or for their sin; he waits long to be graciousto them. But sin, long persisted in, will make God's wrathdiscover itself in destroying the impenitent; there is noresting under the wrath of God. "Take heed:" all who would getsafe to heaven must look about them; if once we allow ourselvesto distrust God, we may soon desert him. Let those that thinkthey stand, take heed lest they fall. Since to-morrow is notours, we must make the best improvement of this day. And thereare none, even the strongest of the flock, who do not need helpof other Christians. Neither are there any so low and despised,but the care of their standing in the faith, and of theirsafety, belongs to all. Sin has so many ways and colours, thatwe need more eyes than ours own. Sin appears fair, but is vile;it appears pleasant, but is destructive; it promises much, butperforms nothing. The deceitfulness of sin hardens the soul; onesin allowed makes way for another; and every act of sin confirmsthe habit. Let every one beware of sin. 14-19 The saints' privilege is, they are made partakers ofChrist, that is, of the Spirit, the nature, graces,righteousness, and life of Christ; they are interested in allChrist is, in all he has done, or will do. The same spirit withwhich Christians set out in the ways of God, they shouldmaintain unto the end. Perseverance in faith is the bestevidence of the sincerity of our faith. Hearing the word oftenis a means of salvation, yet, if not hearkened to, it willexpose more to the Divine wrath. The happiness of beingpartakers of Christ and his complete salvation, and the fear ofGod's wrath and eternal misery, should stir us up to perseverein the life of obedient faith. Let us beware of trusting tooutward privileges or professions, and pray to be numbered withthe true believers who enter heaven, when all others failbecause of unbelief. As our obedience follows according to thepower of our faith, so our sins and want of care are accordingto the prevailing of unbelief in us.
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