Reflections For Life
OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
RUN THE RACE | The Hebrews Series
Pastor Gabriel Ndhlovu
April 19, 2020
Hebrews Chapter 1 argues for the divinity of Christ. It shows Jesus as above and better than the spiritual creatures, namely the angels. Chapter 2 presents Jesus as the perfect Man who experienced limitation in his earthly form and suffered for our sins, and can relate to our suffering. Chapter 3, while still focusing on Jesus, it also focuses on the Christians and their identity. There are three points to consider.
Three points of Hebrews chapter 3
1. Jesus is above Moses (v1-3)
The Jewish identity rests primarily on two foundations; The Patriarch with Abraham as the head, and Moses who gave the Law. From Abraham came the people of Israel (direct lineage) and from Moses came the formation of a nation (people + land + Law). However, the identity of each believer rests on faith in Christ who is the head of the household and not on the servant of the house. Human cultures and identities should not replace our identity in Christ. They should be subjected to Christ
2. The house and the household are of God (v4-5)
Christ is the one who builds the house and the household, not mere mortals. Christ uses human agents to serve in the house of God, but nothing that come from human beings should replace that which is of God.
3. Faith is the only requisite in the family of Christ (v6)
Verse 6 points out the only requisite of belonging to Christ is faith. There is no true or false faith. Faith endures hardships. Christ is faithful as a son. This is not because he has an origin but rather because of relationship in which he submitted to the will and plan of the God for our redemption. He faithfully executed the redemptive plan under hardships, even death. Believers with faith will be faithful in hardship and suffering like Christ.
Questions for Reflection:
What cultural identities and prejudice can you identify in you?
How can we put our cultural identities and prejudice to be subjected under our identity in Christ?
How can we subject our fears and worries during troubled times under the Lordship of Christ?
We pray that this exercise will strengthen your relationship with the Lord as you draw near with confidence.