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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Hebrews 3:1-6

In these verses we have the application of the doctrine laid down in the close of the last chapter concerning the priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ. And observe, I. In how fervent and affectionate a manner the apostle exhorts Christians to have this high priest much in their thoughts, and to make him the object of their close and serious consideration; and surely no one in earth or heaven deserves our consideration more than he. That this exhortation might be made the more effectual,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Hebrews 3:1-6

3:1-6 Brothers who are dedicated to God, you who are sharers in heaven's calling, because of all this you must fix your attention on him whom our creed holds to be the apostle and the high priest of God, I mean Jesus, for he was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses was in all his house, For he was deemed worthy of more honour than Moses, in so far as the man who builds and equips the house has more honour than the house itself For every house is built and equipped by someone; but... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Hebrews 3:4

For every house is built by some man ,.... Or by some one; for a house does not build itself: this is true of houses properly taken, or improperly, as nations, tribes, families, and kindred, of the whole church in general, of particular congregations, and of individual believers; the greatest saints, even apostles and prophets, such an one as Moses, are built by and upon Christ; their persons are built on him; they receive all their gifts for edification from him, and their success is owing... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 3:4

For every house is builded by some man - The literal sense is plain enough: "Every structure plainly implies an, architect, and an end for which it was formed. The architect may be employed by him for whose use the house is intended; but the efficient cause of the erection is that which is here to he regarded." The word house, here, is still taken in a metaphorical sense as above, it signifies family or Church. Now the general meaning of the words, taken in this sense, is: "Every family has... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Hebrews 3:4

Verse 4 4.He that built, etc. Though these words may be extended to the creation of the whole world, yet I confine them to the present subject. We are then to understand that nothing is done in the Church which ought not to he ascribed to Gods power; for he alone has founded it by his own hand, (Psalms 87:5;) and Paul says of Christ that he is the head, from whom the whole body, joined together and connected by every subservient juncture, makes an increase according to what is done... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 3:1-6

The superiority of Christ to Moses the reason why they should cleave to Christ. The writer has met the objection to Christianity raised by the supposed want of dignity in its Founder, as opposed to the greatness of the angels through whom the old dispensation was said to be "ordained." He proceeds to deal with another objection. "The Law was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator;" but, he says, however great this mediator was, Christ is greater still. Subject—The superiority... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 3:1-6

The superiority of Christ. I. HERE WE HAVE THE PRE - EMINENCE OF CHRIST OVER THE JEWISH LAWGIVER ASSERTED . Having proved that our Lord was by nature and by his work infinitely above the angels, and that his assuming our flesh qualified him to be the great High Priest, it was desirable to show that he was immeasurably greater than Moses, who was the human mediator in establishment of the covenant and Law. The apostle knew the luster with which the name and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 3:2-6

Christ greater than Moses It was a delicate thing to utter such a thought even to many of the Jews who had embraced Christianity, for the whole Hebrew nation guarded with intense jealousy the name and fame of Moses. But the writer acknowledges to the full the lofty dignity and splendid services of the ancient lawgiver, and then proceeds to show that Jesus Christ has been counted worthy of still greater honor. I. CHRIST 'S SIMILARITY TO MOSES . ( Hebrews 3:2 ) The very fact... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Hebrews 3:4

For every house is builded (or, established ) by some one; but he that built (or, established ) all things is God . Of the second clause of this verse "God" is rightly taken by modern commentators as the subject, not the predicate, though the Fathers generally take it otherwise. Thus Theodoret, regarding as a ὁ πάντα κατασκευάσας designation of Christ, views this clause as an assertion of his Deity on the ground of his being the Founder of all things. But this view... read more

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