Hebrews – Msg #17 “A Son Over His House – Edification and Confidence”

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Confidence in the House

Confidence in the House

The Importance of Sonship and God’s Speaking

The significance of sonship in delivering people from bondage and fear. It emphasizes the importance of understanding God’s speaking in the son and provides examples from Hebrews and Luke.

  • Sonship is how God delivers us from the spirit of bondage and fear
    • Hebrews 2 emphasizes sonship, atmosphere, speaking, and contrast (Hebrews 2:14-15, Hebrews 12:22-24)
    • Parable of the prodigal son illustrates importance of sonship and death from life (Luke 15:11-32)
    • Confession of sin is not what God responds to; agreement with Him that it is better in the Father’s house is key (Luke 15:17-24)
  • Point of Jesus’ coming was to destroy him who had power over death, which is the devil, and release those who were subject to bondage
    • Hebrews emphasizes speaking that causes the prodigal son to come to his senses (Hebrews 1:1-2, Hebrews 2:14-15, Hebrews 12:22-24)
    • God’s speaking to us is intimate and full of comforts in the atmosphere of sonship (Hebrews 12:18-24)
  • Hebrews emphasizes that God speaks in the Son
    • The Son is the effulgence of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature (Hebrews 1:3)
    • We come boldly forward to the throne of grace where our high priest is there professing the name of Abba Father (Hebrews 4:14-16)

God drawing us through Christ, Christ’s role in rescuing and interceding for us

  • God draws and attracts us to Himself through Christ (John 6:44)
  • Calvinists misunderstand God’s desire to win our hearts and believe that God only cares about receiving glory (Romans 2:6-8)
  • God speaks in the Son (Hebrews 1:1-2)
    • The Son is the effulgence of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature (Hebrews 1:3)
    • Through the Son, God speaks to us in intimate and comforting ways (Hebrews 12:18-24)
  • Christ rescues and intercedes for us as our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)
    • Christ ministers his victory over Satan to us as bread and wine (Hebrews 12:22-24)
    • Christ was necessary to defeat the devil and free us from bondage (Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • The covenant God made with David’s seed is the basis for our salvation (2 Samuel 7:14, Isaiah 55:3)
    • God made an everlasting covenant with Christ, which includes the promises to Abraham and David’s seed (Galatians 3:16, Hebrews 13:20)
    • Understanding the covenant is crucial to understanding our individual justification through Christ (Hebrews 4:14-16)

A Son Over His House – Building Up the Body of Christ and Warning Against Slipping

  • The Mystery of Christ (Colossians 1:26-27)
    • The mystery is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)
    • Members of the body of Christ (Ephesians 3:6)
    • Co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)

    Christ’s Administration and Grace (Hebrews 3:1-6)

    • Christ is the son over his own house (Hebrews 3:6)
    • Moses was faithful in his house (Hebrews 3:2)
    • Christ is the builder of the house (Hebrews 3:3-4, Hebrews 3:10)

    Building Up of the Saints (Ephesians 4:11-16)

    • Gifts given to the body for edification (Ephesians 4:11-12, 1 Corinthians 12:28)
    • Building up of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12)
    • Until we come to the unity of faith (Ephesians 4:13)
    • Growing into a holy temple in the Lord (Ephesians 2:21)

    Enjoyment of the Fellowship (Hebrews 3:6)

    • Confidence and rejoicing of the hope (Hebrews 3:6)
    • Edification produces confidence (Hebrews 3:6)
    • Edification requires holding fast to the doctrine of Christ (Hebrews 3:14)

    Warning Against Drifting and Slipping (Hebrews 2:1, Hebrews 6:1)

    • Drifting from the things we’ve heard (Hebrews 2:1-3, Hebrews 3:12-13, Hebrews 4:1)
    • Slipping into bondage (Hebrews 6:1)
    • Need to be rooted in present truth (Hebrews 5:12-14)


    Topics for Further Study

    • Sonship
    • God’s speaking
    • Christ’s role in salvation
    • Building up the body of Christ (edification)
    • Drifting and winds of doctrine 

    Test Your Understanding

    1. What is the significance of sonship in delivering people from bondage and fear? Provide examples from Hebrews and Luke.
    2. What is the point of Jesus’ coming?
    3. According to Hebrews, where does God speak?
    4. How does God draw and attract us to Himself through Christ?
    5. What is the covenant God made with David’s seed, and why is it crucial to understand?
    6. What are the warnings against drifting and slipping away from the truth
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