You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
5 And [kai] Moses [Moseus] verily [men] was faithful [pistos] in [en] all [holos] his [autos] house [oikos], as [hos] a servant [therapon], for [eis] a testimony [marturion] of those things which were to be spoken after [laleo];
6 But [de] Christ [Christos] as [hos] a son [huios] over [epi] his own [autos] house [oikos]; whose [hos] house [oikos] are [esmen] we [hemeis], if [ean] [per] we hold fast [katecho] the confidence [parrhesia] and [kai] the rejoicing [kauchema] of the hope [elpis] firm [bebaios] unto [mechri] the end [telos]. KJV-Interlinear
5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. NASB
Moses, as great as he was, was but a servant of the house which belongs to God. When the master is away, the servant is appointed to high or varying posts in order to serve the masters interests. When the master is present, then the servant returns to his former position which is within the household.
Moses was but a servant. You and I are but servants. Some of us are honorable servants, some of us are not. In either case, God (Christ) will evaluate each one of us at the Judgment Seat of Christ and there we will receive our just reward. Our receipt of our reward is the reality of the 'hope' which we look forward to at the 'end.' As mentioned in our current passage. The end, is a reference to the time when all of Gods promises become a reality and are fulfilled.
'If we hold,' is a reference to our consistency in advancing in our spiritual life toward spiritual maturity. Again, some will pursue their spiritual life because they know its value. Hopefully this includes you. Some (actually most) will not pursue their spiritual life, because they do not see the importance of it, or they will redefine their pursuit, to fit the convenience of their own definition of what the spiritual life is. And of course they are in error in doing so.
Moses' story is recorded. He was a thrown away infant. Thrown away in an effort to escape the wrath of Pharaoh. He was raised in the house of Pharaoh the slave master. We are raised in a world under the control of Satan.
Moses was tempted with all manner of wealth and pleasures of Egypt. So also, are we tempted with the offerings of this world.
Moses thought about using his position (as the future Pharaoh) to help his people, but God does not allow the works of man to enter into the plan of God. Moses fell into a trap of the world and killed an Egyptian. He ran into exile and lived for forty years. A time it took him to grow up spiritually.
There are a lot of do-gooders out there. They think that they can make the world better by feeding everyone, by educating everyone, by inoculating everyone, by cleaning up everything, and so forth. Though these things do help people to have better lives, the real need is to have God in individuals life. God is the ultimate provider of everything. Economies, jobs, prosperity, diseases, everything is driven by God. Pursue God and life gets better.
In the garden there was no sin and life was perfect. With sin, things turned downhill.
Apart from God we are all slaves to the world, or to our sin nature. Only with God in our life can we be freed from that slavery.
15 'No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. NASB
36 'If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. NASB
Moses, again, as great as he was, did not free his people. Only God could do that. None of us can make this world perfect on our own. Only God can accomplish that.
This does not mean that we can be irresponsible in our lives, but we just should not attempt to force our views on others when they do not want to live by our standards. God does not force anyone to live by the standards of the Bible. But He does warn of the ramifications when His principles of life are ignored. People are allowed to make their own choices, even if their choices are wrong.
Moses was faithful to God, even in the face of leading a very stubborn and complaining people. And we have his story (that which is spoken later) to learn the lessons of faithfulness. Our individual lives are most likely filled with problems, and difficulties, and heartaches, and frustrations, but we need to hold the course in our daily study.
Christ is the builder and owner of the house. He is the Master of servants, the Lord of masters, the King of kings. He is of course God, the ruler and sovereign over all that is.
And yet He became a man (lower than the angels) and paid the price of death in our place so that we (worthless dust) could be elevated to positions above the angels, and become masters over all of the universe. Not exactly a small promotion !! But then who believes this, or takes this to heart, or even pays attentions to all this Bible stuff?
Most folks have better things to do in life. And that is where they will be, 'until the end,' becomes a reality. Their disappointment (and embarrassment) will be great, and actually it will be the greatest thing that they will possess for a while, a long while.
We need only hold fast to our confidence. What is that? We need only maintain ourselves in our fellowship state, study our Bible daily, learn what it has to teach us, grow up spiritually of course, and apply Gods principles of life, to our daily life. How difficult can this be?
The Bible divides up history into dispensations. They all point to an end to human history. Human history is not indefinitely open ended until the universe comes crashing back upon itself. Each one of us has a fixed life span, and human history has a fixed time table.
The next big event is the Rapture. When will that occur? No one knows but God. It could occur tonight, tomorrow, or a hundred years from now. I have already explained that, in my opinion, the Rapture will not occur for another hundred years or more, because I think that God is going to allow the world to have a population growth to a point of splitting the worlds resources and mans resources, at the seams.
And still the general population will not turn to God, but will in fact curse God because of a lot of the problems that will accompany a heavily over populated world of fifty or a hundred billion people, or more. Today that population of the world is just over 6.4 billion people. A number that will probably double every thirty to thirty-five years. You can do the math.
But anyway regardless of the worlds historical time table, whatever it might be, the end will eventually come on humanity and we will all be standing before Christ, and that is our hope, and our confidence. Our destiny does not depend on this world or our wit, but on God. And we access Gods promise by means of advancing to spiritual maturity (holding fast).
Don't wait until your life is over and lose out on your greatest future. Especially when acquiring it is the easiest thing you can ever do.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.