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Pamphlet #2603
 From Hebrews chapter 3

You either believe the Word of God or you just think you do!

What a report Paul has given us in the first two chapters of this great Book of Hebrews. The question is, do you really believe his report? Romans 10:16 "But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" Paul not only told us and documented from the law and prophets who Jesus Christ was, the builder and the maker of all things, but he also told us and documented why it is He came to this earth to dwell in the flesh.

So it all comes down to this: You either believe Paul's report or you don't. You either believe the Word of God or you just think you do while stubbornly hanging on to traditions, thereby rejecting His Word in your unbelief!

You see, for many people if what they "hear" does not align with what they have been taught from childhood, then they turn a deaf ear and harden their hearts (minds).The problem for most is that the majority of those things they grew up believing are the traditions of men which have now become preconceived ideas and doctrines.

Here is what preconceived means:

Main Entry: conĚceive
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): conĚceived; conĚceivĚing
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French conceivre, from Latin concipere to take in, conceive, from com- + capere to take --
1 a : to become pregnant with (young) b: to cause to begin : ORIGINATE
2 a : to take into one's mind <conceive a prejudice> b: to form a conception of : IMAGINE
3 : to apprehend by reason or imagination : UNDERSTAND
4 : to be of the opinion
intransitive senses
1 : to become pregnant
2 : to have a conception -- usually used with of <conceives of death as emptiness>
synonym see THINK
- conĚceivĚer noun
Of course "pre" means prior to or beforehand, so "pre-conceived" means that your mind is already impregnated with ideas and beliefs! To that end, the topic in chapter 3 is put forth simply in the question, "Will you open up your eyes and ears to "hear" Christ's voice or will you harden your heart (mind) and hold on to the idolatrous preconceived traditions of men?" The choice is yours, while it is still "today", for when "tomorrow" comes it will be too late. Let us therefore read and understand and act upon what our Father has given us through His servant, the great teacher and Hebrew scholar, the apostle Paul.
"Are you one of those to whom Paul is addressing in this first verse?"

Hebrews 3:1
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Wherefore... as in consequently having heard and understood all that Paul has taught us so far in the first two chapters concerning just who Christ is and why He came to this earth to dwell in the flesh... you "holy brethren", you sanctified brothers and sisters who are partakers of the heavenly calling, i.e. you set aside ones who have a job to do as that "seed" of Ps. 22:31 who would come in the final generation and declare His righteousness, you "consider" the One sent to declare the Father (and to pay the price) and High Priest (made perfect through sufferings) of our profession (confession). You do profess to be a Christian, a man or woman who believes and follows Christ, do you not?
Note: Use your Strong's Concordance and check out the compound Greek word "homologia" translated "profession", taking it all the way to the prime.

So... the question is, "Are you one of those to whom Paul is addressing in this first verse?" In other words, do you have a heavenly calling, a destiny to fulfill as one of the "holy brethren" chosen from before the foundation of this earth age (Eph. 1:4)? Because if you are one of His and do have a purpose and a destiny, then right now, today, is the time to stop and "consider", which means to observe fully, perceive, fully comprehend, the faithfulness of Jesus Christ to Him that appointed Him.

[2] Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
Paul now points out in his teaching that Moses was also faithful, as in trustworthy, in all his house, i.e. in the house of the Lord... but you "see"... there is a huge difference between the two which Paul wants us to understand. He begins his explanation of this difference by quoting Numbers 12:7, so let's go there and see what we might learn in our "considering" of Jesus:
Numbers 12:7-8
My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. [8] With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold..."
Moses was a faithful and trustworthy servant through whom God spoke "mouth to mouth", even "apparently" meaning very clearly and plainly and not in dark speeches. And he spoke after the manner of, or the image of, the LORD which simply means that all he spoke of and did was to behold the image of the Lord Jesus Christ who was to come!  Paul makes this very clearly in verse 5 (Heb. 3:5) when he says that Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.  In other words, Moses gave documentation, a complete foreshadowing as a witness to Christ who would be the fulfillment of all those foreshadowings, and he also gave testimony to the words that He would speak.

To wit, Moses was a teacher of the law which is the great "schoolmaster", and what he as a faithful servant of God built in the wilderness was a type, a clear and precise foreshadowing from beginning to end, so that we who are present in these last days could SEE, as in get a visual glimpse, of the real house which is Jesus Christ, the temple of the Lord, the body of Christ. So have you gone to "school" and learned from the schoolmaster? If you want to "consider" the Lord Jesus Christ and "see" how the temple of the Lord, His house, is built in these last days, it is ALL RIGHT THERE in the testimony of Moses who gave us a complete witness to Jesus Christ!

Paul continues concerning Christ:

Hebrews 3:3
For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

[4] For every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God.

Every house is built by someone. In other words, just as you cannot have a law without a lawgiver, you cannot have a house without a house builder! You see, "the One for whom and by whom all things are created" (Heb. 2:10), the One who brought into existence all there is and ever was, is the builder of His house, the many membered body of Jesus Christ. Again, Moses was just a servant of God, a faithful laborer in the construction of the type of the house which Christ would permanently build, even through His servants in these last days, who are of that house IF... upon condition of... they remain faithful to the end !!!(vs. 6)!!! That may be a little deep for some, but hang in there and continue to seek His wisdom if you are somewhat lacking (James 1:5)! James 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him

You see, just to believe that Christ is God or that there is only one God, is not what true belief is.

Again, our flesh eyes can SEE the tabernacle in the wilderness. We can read and see, as in form a mental picture, of the physical things that our forefathers went through, such as being brought out of the captivity of Egypt with a mighty hand, with signs and miracles and wonders, and we can form a picture of the parting of the Red Sea, and almost hear God's thundering voice at the foot of the mountain of God. And we can see a picture in our mind's eye of their wandering about in the desert wilderness for 40 years and picture them being fed manna. We even cringe at the picture we see in our mind's eye of some of them being bitten by serpents! Oh my! Therefore SEE the pictures for they are a foreshadowing, ensamples, types written and testified to "for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11)". In other words, God's faithful and trustworthy servant, Moses, did all that he did as a witness, to show us what was to come through Jesus Christ when He came and fulfilled all those things in raising up the true temple.

And you know what else? Jesus Christ was not ashamed (was humble enough) to come dwell in the flesh and partake of the labor, even being subject to all things pertaining to God as we are! In other words, though He was the fulfillment, the end ("telos") of the law, of the foreshadowing that Moses showed us in the wilderness, He did not place Himself above the law nor did He do away with it, except for those religious and sacrificial ordinances which He nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14) . Romans 10:4 "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Matthew 5:17 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Remember we documented in our third study that Paul taught Christ out of the law and out of the prophets? They all testified of Him!
Acts 28:23-27
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
Paul is persuading us after the same manner in this great Book of Hebrews. What a report he is giving us!
Heb. 3:5
And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Now you know why Moses did and wrote what he did! It was for a testimony, to give witness and to document that Christ is exactly who He says He is and to bear witness to the words that He would speak. This goes right back to Paul's opening statement to this Book of Hebrews: Hebrews 1:1-2 "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." It's all right there, in type, in the Books of Moses, in the law and in the prophets. The question is, "Have you read and studied them to KNOW
and thus have the type of faith and confidence Paul refers to in this Book of Hebrews?"
[6] But Christ as a son over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

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The question finally comes down to this: "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?" Do you really believe Paul's report here in the Book of Hebrews concerning that One who came to this earth, who was made a little lower than the angels, and why He came, and why He suffered so? You see, just to believe that Christ is God or that there is only one God, is not what true belief is. To wit, surely you have read that even the  demonic spirits know and believe that there is One God (James 2:19).

Let us dwell on the question of "belief" for a little while as we let Paul continue to teach us and explain the simplicity of all this by bringing to light the 95th Psalm.

[7] Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice,
Paul now quotes the 95th Psalm beginning with the SECOND HALF of verse 7 (above) all the way to the end of the Psalm. Hmmm... perhaps it would "behoove" one to read the first part of the Psalm, especially the first part of verse 7, in order to gain the context and put the whole Psalm in perspective.
Psalm 95:1-6
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. [2] Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. [3] For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. [4] In His hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also. [5] The sea is His, and He made it: and His hands formed the dry land. [6] O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Well, that should make it pretty clear who the Builder and Maker is. Are you one of His and are you made part of His house?
Psalm 95:7
For He is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
We are part of His house, part of His sheepfold, the people of His pasture, which is the lush green feeding ground of His Word where we lie down to rest beside still waters. Psalm 95 not only brings to mind the Psalm of Resurrection, which is the 23rd Psalm, but also the words of the Shepherd Himself in John 10:
John 10:1-5
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Jesus Christ, the Word of God, is the door to His sheepfold... even the door to His house! You see, the traditions of men, taught in most churches, will not gain you entrance to His house. You must "hear His voice" as one of His!

[2] But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

[3] To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

Jesus Christ, the Word of God, leads His own sheep and they follow His voice. The point is, He does not go behind them and drive them like a bunch of cattle!

[4] And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

[5] And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Whose voice do you listen to? You see, what Christians need to understand is that if they do not study and heed His Word, they are not listening to His voice and thus, even though they go to church every week, they are not part of His sheepfold! They therefore must belong to some stranger and be part of the sheepfold of some hireling (ONE VERSE REV.)! Let us return to the 95th Psalm where the subject is "hearing" His voice, Today, and read the rest of the Psalm Paul quoted before we read it again and discuss it in Hebrews 3.
Psalm 95:8
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: [9] When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. [10] Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: [11] Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
If you do not "hear and obey" His voice but rather "harden your heart" today, in this generation, as they did in the  generation of yesterday, you can rest assured you will not enter into His rest.
Hebrews 3:8
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Think about all the signs and wonders God showed the children of Israel in the wilderness, and yet they still managed to "harden their hearts" and provoke Him to anger! You see, Paul is telling us through Psalm 95 to take heed to what happened to our fathers as they wandered in the wilderness so we do not make the same mistake in this generation, while we are in the wilderness during this day of temptation. Our forefathers heard His voice, just as we have His Word before us, yet they still managed to provoke Him because they did not hearken unto Him but rather went whoring after strange gods, just like our people follow after strange traditions and spirits (doctrines) because they are led by strangers, wolves in sheep's clothing who are hirelings in their so-called Christian churches (Jn. 10:12).

You know, many think today that if they were back in the wilderness during the time of Moses that they would not be among those who hardened their hearts and did not follow after His ways. Oh foolish virgin... have you not read? Do you not see the picture, the type set forth?

It was you and me for whom all these things were done and written so as to let us SEE ourselves and our people in the wilderness today. Our people have surely departed far from His Word for they are hard headed (adamant) indeed and they cling tightly to their idolatrous (read "MY CHURCH") traditions.
[9] When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Again, our fathers saw, they witnessed, all those wonders and great miracles of our Father for 40 years and still many did not BELIEVE! So our Father let them wander and wander until they died in the wilderness. Remember, that was a type for us to SEE in this generation. "for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come (1 Cor. 10:11)".
Consider that this (our) generation has witnessed greater miracles than any generation in the history of mankind!

We also have His Word printed and made available to any and all as never before in the history of mankind.

We are going to take a little side trip here to explain why you need to be cautious of what version of the Bible you read, Please bare with us.

Just be careful; Make sure the version of the Bible you are reading has not been altered since it was originally translated into English by the people who king James appointed to do the translating for us English speaking peoples of the world, back in 1611. Those alterations started to take place in the 1970s! I am not saying the King James official 1611 version is perfect, but I believe all mis-translated verses are by mistaked pre-conceptions of the translators; Not by evil attempts to mislead us as the case with most of the new translations, and here I include the New King James version and most other new versions. Be especially careful of any so-called NEW since 1970 VERSION!
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Readers of The Companion Bible are put in possession of information denied to former generations of translators, commentators, critics, and general Bible studentsBecause of "The Massorah".

All the oldest and best manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible contain on every page, beside the Text (which is arranged in two or more columns), a varying number of lines of smaller writing, distributed between the upper and lower margins. This smaller writing is called the Massorah Magna or Great Massorah, while that in the side margins and between the columns is called the Massorah Parva or
Small Massorah. The illustration given below is a reduced facsimile of a Hebrew Manuscript (16.25 x 12.375), written in a German hand, about the year A.D. 1120.
The small writing in the margins in this particular Manuscript is seen to occupy seven lines in the lower margin, and four lines in the upper; while in the outer margins and between the three columns is the Massorah Para.


The word Massorah is from the root masar, to deliver something into the hand of another, so as to commit it to his trust. Hence the name is given to the small writing referred to, because it contains information necessary to those into whose trust the Sacred Text was committed, so that they might transcribe it, and hand it down correctly.
The Text itself had been fixed before the Massorites were put in charge of it. 
This had been the work of the Sopherim (from saphar, to count, or number). Their work, under Ezra and Nehemiah, was to set the Text in order after the return from Babylon; and we read of it in Nehemiah 8:8 1(compare Ezra 7:6,11). The men of "the Great Synagogue" completed the work. This work lasted about 110 years, from Nehemiah to Simon the first, 410-300 B.C.
The Sopherim were the authorized revisers of the Sacred Text; and, their work being completed, the Massorites were the authorized custodians of it. Their work was to preserve it. The Massorah is called "A Fence to the Scriptures," because it locked all words and letters in their places. It does not contain notes or comments as such, but facts and phenomena. It records the number of times the several letters occur in the various books of the Bible; the number of words, and the middle word; the number of verses, and the middle verse; the number of expressions and combinations of words, etc. All this, not from a perverted ingenuity, but for the set purpose of safeguarding the Sacred Text, and preventing the loss or misplacement of a single letter or word.
This Massorah is not contained in the margins of any one
Manuscript. No Manuscript contains the whole, or even the same part. It is spread over many Manuscripts, and Dr. C.D. Ginsburg has been the first and only scholar who has set himself to collect and collate the whole, copying it from every available Manuscript in the libraries of many countries. He has published it in three large folio volumes, and only a small number of copies has been printed. These are obtainable only by the original subscribers When the Hebrew Text was later printed, only the large type in the columns was regarded, and small type of the Massorah was left, unheeded, in the Manuscripts from which the Text was taken. Therefore; When translators came to the printed Hebrew Text, they were necessarily destitute of the information contained in the Massorah; so that the Revisers as well as the Translators of the Authorized Version carried out their work without any idea of the treasures contained in the Massorah; and therefore, without giving a hint of it to their readers.
The Companion Bible, is the first time, an edition of the Authorized Version has been given containing any of these treasures of the Massorah, that affect so seriously the understanding of the Text. A vast number of the Massoretic notes concern only the orthography, and matters that pertain to the Concordance. But many of those which affect the sense, or throw any additional light on the Sacred Text, are noted in the margin of The Companion Bible.
Some of the important lists of words which are contained in the Massorah are also given, videlicet, those that have the "extraordinary points" (Appendix 31); the "eighteen emendations" of the Sopherim (see Appendix 33); the 134 passages where they substituted Adonai for Jehovah (see Appendix 32); and the Various Readings called Severin (see Appendix 34). These are given in separate Appendixes; but other words of any importance are preserved in our marginal notes.
Readers of The Companion Bible are put in possession of information denied to former generations of translators, commentators, critics, and general Bible students.
For further information on the Massorah see Dr. Ginsburg's Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, of which only a limited edition was printed; also a small pamphlet on The Massorah published by King's Printers.
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End of side trip. Sorry for the long distraction from out study of  Hebrews chapter 3. Just be sure you are not studying from corrupted Scripture!

But STILL our people do err in their hearts (minds) and have NOT known His ways.

And the problem is... time is running out on this final generation and Yeshua (same in Hebrew as Joshua) will soon lead His people across the river to the promised land.

Hebrews 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

[11] So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

This is a sad lamentation.

So many of our dear brothers and sisters do not have "ears to hear" nor "eyes to see" though they have His Word in their possession, readily available to them in their own language.

They do err in their hearts (minds) which means what they believe is FALSE doctrine,those beliefs made up of those pre-conceived ideas they have been "indoctrinated" with since their youth.

They truly believe that what they do in their church traditions is pleasing to our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is written that MANY will come to Him crying Lord, Lord, we have done all these wonderful things we were told (by our one verse Rev.) were pleasing to you.

Here is what is written concerning them:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Are you faithful and trustworthy to do those things which He has directed His servants to do?

Do you know from His Word what is pleasing to God?

Many, even the majority of church going professing Christians, do not.

They do err in their hearts, in what they "perceive" to be Christianity as exampled in the next verse.

[22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
These are Christians who are very busy with church and church activities and Sunday schools and doing wonderful works, but have not in all their years as Christians ever "considered" Jesus Christ as per Paul's instruction in verse one, i.e. according to the foreshadowings of old.

They are still Biblically illiterate along with the majority of our people and consequently they do NOT KNOW Him!

[23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
They have provoked Him to anger in their ignorance and their adultery/idolatry and so neither shall they enter into His rest.

You see, iniquity is "lawlessness", that which is contrary to the Word of God.

It is the traditions of men (not God) that our people so adamantly (hard headedly) hold on to that are contrary to the Word of God.

And it is written, those vain traditions make void the Word of God (Mark 7:13).

The Greek word for "err" used in Heb. 3:10 is "plano" which means to roam, to go astray, deceive, seduce, wander, be out of the way!

The corresponding word "err" in Psalm 95:10 means to vacillate, to waver or reel, to go astray, as in to stagger and wander.

In conclusion, let us go to the prophet Isaiah once again and see why our people "stagger".

Isaiah 29:9-13 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
You know why they waver and stagger, i.e. why they do "err"!

They are drunk on religion.

If they had a sure foundation in His Word, the Rock of our salvation, they would not stagger nor would they fall to their spiritual death in the final day of temptation.

[10] For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
Paul documents in Romans 11 that God has allowed the spirit of slumber to befall His children for they wish to hold fast to their blind traditions and follow after their blind pastors and ministers who may hold men's degree's but have not the key of David (Rev. 3:7) to unlock the sealed visions of prophets.

To wit, most do not even know that many of the people of the US and Great Britain and Canada, etc. comprise the so-called "lost" tribes of the House of Israel.

[11] And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
It really is truly amazing that the "learned" men who sit in the high places of worship (churches) and the scholars who teach in colleges and universities have so little understanding of our Father's Word.

They cannot see the simplicity of His truth for as it is written, no man in heaven or earth can open the seals of the book!

Only Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, can do that, and in order for Him to do that, you must come to Him. (PICK IT UP AND READ IT; YES, YOUR BIBLE (HIS WORD), IT's LAYING OVER THERE ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE GATHERING DUST!)

Rev. 5:3 "And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon."

[12] And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
What a "catch 22" situation this is!

Our brothers and sisters are told that one must be "learned" as in have a ThD or PhD or a seminary degree of some sort in order to be able read with understanding the letter their own Father wrote to them.

However, many of those who do have those degrees are all but clueless themselves regarding His truth and so they continue to perpetuate the idolatrous traditions of men and substitute praise and worship services in place of teaching His Word chapter by chapter and line by line.

[13] Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
How is it that their hearts (minds) are removed far from Him?

It is really quite simple.

They just do not know His Word.

They have been fed milk all their adult Christian lives according as Paul declares in Heb. 5.

Therefore, all that most of our people know about the fear (reverence, i.e. love) of God is what they have been taught from the traditions of men, which are pre-conceived, pre-impregnated ideas!

So remember that the generation who wandered in the wilderness was a type for our admonition which Paul brings to our attention here in his teaching to the Hebrews, to the dispersed tribes of the House of Israel (Christians from north-western Europe to the British isles and, later, on to the Americas) "in these last days upon whom the ends of the world (earth age) are come" (1 Cor. 10:11).

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Remember too that the final generation now wandering in the wilderness since the fig tree was planted on May 15, 1948, is growing old.

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In other words, it will not be "Today" much longer!

Tomorrow is coming when Joshua (Yeshua) will come and lead His people into the promised land.

Will you enter into that promise land, into His rest, or will you spiritually die in the wilderness?

By the way, did you know you can enter into His rest right now, today, if you "believe"?

Stay with us in this study of Hebrews and learn all about the "sabbath", His peaceful rest available to you right now.

We shall learn what to do and how to avoid "erring" and keep from "going astray"!

You see, just saying you believe doesn't make it so.

What does the word "believe", as in to "believe in Christ", mean to you?

Whatever that is, I am sure you would agree that the opposite of "belief" is "unbelief"!

Here is the definition from Strong's Concordance of the word translated "unbelief" in this 3rd chapter of Hebrews:

unbelief = apistia, ap-is-tee'-ah, Greek 570; from Greek 571 (apistos); faithlessness, i.e. (negative) disbelief (want of Christian faith), or (positive) unfaithfulness(disobedience):- unbelief.
The great teacher and apostle Paul has already shown us what trustworthiness (pistos) is, as in faithfulness and obedience to God, through the examples set forth by Jesus Christ and His servant Moses!

Now Paul is going to teach and show us what "unbelief" is lest any of the brethren don't quite "get it" because they have hardened their hearts, meaning they have become "hard hearted (hard minded)", or as we say today "hardheaded" and keep their ears closed by  remaining stedfast in the idolatrous traditions of men.

And in order to help us "get the picture" Paul is going to exhort us to learn by the "ensamples" of our forefathers in the wilderness what "unbelief" is and to know that those who harbor that unbelief will NOT cross the (spiritual) river and enter into His rest!

The subject therefore of today's teachings of Paul in the remainder of this 3rd chapter of Hebrews is "unbelief" the purpose of which is that by "seeing" the unbelief of our forefathers hopefully we will be able to better understand what it means to truly "believe".

You see, just saying you believe doesn't make it so.

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
"Take Heed" is "blepo" in Greek which is like saying "wake up" and "sharpen up"!

It is a word of warning to the brethren to beware and behold!

What is it we are to "take heed" and pay so much close attention to?

We are to take heed to His Word, to the ensamples Paul has brought forth, like those which he refers to time and again in Psalm 95 that clearly "show us" the results (death in the wilderness) of unfaithfulness and unbelief when one departs from the living God, from His life saving and life giving Word of truth, to follow after the idolatrous ways of men and their traditions.

Remember we learned from Acts 28 that it was Paul's manner to teach Christ from the law and the prophets which all give witness unto Him.

You may also recall we saw in Mat. 7 that there shall be many Christians who come to Christ crying "Lord, Lord", who have not "taken heed" to His Word in trusting and obeying His Voice, but nevertheless believe that they as do-gooder Christians have pleased Him in all the things they have done in His name.

Unfortunately, in their ignorance of His Word they do not even know that what they do in their  traditions is iniquitous and evil in the sight of the Lord and provokes Him to anger.

That may sound like we are judging them or "putting them down" which is not at all the case.

Paul is very blunt and clear on this matter in 1 Cor. 10 where he says that if you as a Christian think you stand, i.e. if you think in your heart (mind) that you are in good standing with the Father, and yet you haven't paid close attention to, studied and "taken heed" to the ensamples which are written for our admonition and understanding, then you are in big danger of falling (in the wilderness of temptation).

In other words, you will fall in the great falling away, the great apostasy Paul speaks of in 2 Thes. 2, and (spiritually) die in the wilderness when Satan shows up as the false-christ!


Because you do "err" and are "unstable" indeed!

Read the HIStory lesson Paul gives in 1 Cor. 10:1-10 concerning the children in the wilderness before reading what he says in these next two verses.

1 Cor. 10:11-12 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
[12] Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heedlest he fall.
Again, Paul says we had better "take heed" and pay attention to, as in read and learn and understand, all those things that happened of old.

The point is... if all one ever does is go to church and follow after the traditions of men... that person shows his or her "unfaithfulness" to Him in not hearkening unto His Voice... thereby demonstrating that he or she Does Not Believe in Him!

This should help us to more fully understand the word "believe" in the most quoted verse in all of Christiandom:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
You see, in Heb. 3:12 we just read that God is a living God and it is only through His Son Jesus Christ, through believing in Him that we can be partakers of that everlasting life.

However, all that is called Christ is not Christ.

In fact, it is written that there is a false one coming soon who shall claim that he is Christ by showing great signs and wonders in the sight of men (2 Thes. 2).

The question is, Do you believe in the real Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or do you believe in the other Christ, the fake Christ?

Of course there is no one who reads that question who is going to think that he or she believes in Satan, right?

Certainly not you!

That's really interesting when you think about it,
because it is written that it is the majority who shall be deceived and believe in the false messiah.

Well, the fact is that those who are deceived do not know or believe they are deceived.

That is the very mark of what deception is.

The question is, "Do you believe in the real Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or do you believe in the other Christ, the fake Christ,  Satan as the spurious mesiah?

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You see, in Heb. 3:12 we just read that God is a living God and it is only through His Son Jesus Christ, through believing in Him that we can be partakers of that everlasting life.

However, all that is called Christ is not Christ.

In fact, it is written that there is a false one coming soon who shall claim that he is Christ by showing great signs and wonders in the sight of men (2 Thes. 2).

The question is, "Do you believe in the real Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or do you believe in the other Christ, the fake Christ (Satan as the spurious mesiah)?

Of course there is no one who reads that question who is going to think that he or she believes in the false-christ, right?

Certainly not you!

That's really interesting when you think about it, because it is written that it is the majority who shall be deceived and believe in the false messiah.

Well, the fact is that those who are deceived do not know or believe they are deceived.

That is the very mark of what deception is.

So take heed!

Yes, you!

Take a look at the trustworthiness of your "profession", which is your confession or conviction, i.e. your professed belief in Jesus Christ as a servant of His.

You see, your actions, what you do, declares whose voice you listen to and follow.

Have you ever read what Christ says to the 7 churches that are in existence at his return?  Rev. chapters 2-3

He knows their works, what they do! In fact, He says to each and every one of them, i.e. to all Christians, "I KNOW YOUR WORKS"!

And you know what?

Only two out of those 7 churches were found pleasing to Him and that is because they "kept His Word" (Rev. 3:10) and taught the truth... even concerning the kenites who claim to be God's chosen people but are not (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9).

So how do we stay on track and not be drawn away by those things that only appear to be good and of Christ in order that we might enter into eternal life?

Stay in His word, cast aside the traditions of men and listen to His voice, to what the Word of God has to say.

The more you live (dwell) with Christ, the Word of God, the better you will get to know Him and the more you will come to love and trust Him and walk in His ways. (Read 1 Jn. 4:15-16).

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Paul now exhorts us to exhort one another, to study and learn and share His truth with one another, while it is still "today".
In other words, open your eyes and ears and begin to hearken (hear and obey) His voice today, before the "day" is gone!

On a little deeper level, Paul is telling us if you want to be a partaker of Christ (next verse) when He returns, then hear His voice today,
even during this 6th and final day before the 7th Day, the Day of Rest, the Millennium, has arrived.

So begin today, even this very day!

The warning is that you must hear (with understanding) and do those things which Christ commands in His Word, else you will miss the wedding and "the door" will be shut to you throughout the Millennium whereby you will have to wait until after the 1000 years and the great white throne judgment in order to receive life eternal, which is called the second resurrection, the second raising to the status of immortality.

The first resurrection happens when Christ returns. based on His grace!
The second resurection, not until after the Millennium, based on your Works!

One more thing in verse 13.

The "deceitfulness of sin" is the delusion (apate) that the iniquitous, idolatrous, traditions of men are good and pleasing to our Father.

They are not!

Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

So hear and take heed to His Voice, Today, and walk in His ways!

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

The apostle Paul, chosen by God before the foundation of this world (Eph. 1:4)
to carry forth His truth as an OBEDIENT servant of Jesus Christ, the Word of God,
disagrees with many of our preachers and ministers!

To be a "partaker" is to be "one who shares" and those who love the LORD will be crowned and share in the glory and honor of Jesus Christ at His return!

Who are those who love (agapao) Him?

You should know that by now from what Paul has taught us about Christ and Moses being trustworthy and faithful to the commands of God, to ALL of His commands.

In other words, those who truly believe and love the Lord, do keep His Word... all of it!

Of course, you do not have to take my word for it but perhaps you will believe the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself:

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

IF one does not keep His commands, His Word, that person does not love Him,
nor does he or she really believe in Him!

So Paul is simply saying in Heb. 3:14 that you are assured to be a partaker with Christ IF you love Him, because if you do love Him you will show that love by staying in His Word and keeping His commands!

And this you will do because you want to, not because you have to.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Without wavering means without "erring", i.e. without straying from His Word of Truth and leaning to the traditions of men.
Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
Have you noticed how many times Paul keeps referring to and quoting from Psalm 95?

One would have to say he has placed much emphasis on what is written there, right?

He keeps pointing to the lessons to be learned from the "ensamples" of the children in the wilderness who did not listen (hearken) to God's commands but rather provoked Him by going astray!

In doing so they "proved" by their actions that they were disloyal and unfaithful, and therefore demonstrated their "unbelief"!

In other words, Paul is documenting from the scriptures, from the law and the prophets (David was a prophet), what it means to "Believe in Christ!"

You must trust and obey His commands else He has a problem with you, just as any loving parent gets provoked when his or children are disobedient and do not listen.

[16] For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

[17] But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

The Greek word for "sinned" is "hamartano". Here is Strong's definition:
sinned = hamartano, har-ar-tan'-o, Greek 264; perhaps from Greek 1(a) (as a negative particle) and the base of Greek 3313 (meros); properly to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize), i.e. (figurative to err, especially (moral) to sin:- for your faults, offend, sin, trespass.
Though His word went in their ears, still they "missed the mark" because of their "sin", their "erring" through their hardheadedness
which resulted in their unfaithfulness, which we now know is unbelief.

Therefore God allowed them to die in the wilderness.

Those children who did not obey Him in the wilderness did not make it across the river into the promised land.

In the same spiritual sense, exampled to us by what we "saw" happen in the wilderness, those who not "take heed" to His Word in these last days shall also die (spiritually) in the wilderness.

Paul now documents that Almighty God does not mean "maybe" they will not enter into His rest, but He swares to it!

In other words, it is a PROMISE that those who provoke Him to anger in their unbelief shall not enter into His rest!

Take heed.

[18] And to whom sware He that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
[19] So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Is it therefore ok just to say with your lips that you believe in Christ and then by your actions (works) follow after the ways of men and their church traditions?

That is certainly what the many preachers and ministers who come in Christ's name tell our people, isn't it?

The apostle Paul, chosen by God before the foundation of this world (Eph. 1:4) to carry forth His truth as an OBEDIENT servant of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, disagrees with them!

Furthermore, Jesus Christ warned all of us about the massive deception in these last days that would result in the unbelief of so many of our brothers and sisters who would provoke Him to wrath.

Take heed, study and believe His Word and see that you are not among those who are drawn away from Him.

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