Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. Hebrews 3:1-2
So here we are again, looking at that word “therefore” that tells us to go back and see what the “therefore” is there for. The writer of Hebrews has just used two chapters telling his readers that Jesus is the Superior One, that Jesus is the Supreme One, and the One Sufficient for their/our need including our greatest enemies of satan, sin, and death.
The writer encourages his readers to “consider” Jesus. Give thought, gaze intently, look closely, examine what I have shared with you and come to the right conclusion. In order for us to understand what the writer was saying, we have to understand to whom he was speaking. Just like the writer of the Book of Hebrews is not known because the Lord did not include it in this Book (although most of us have our thoughts), He did not give any specifics as to the exact location of this group of people but it is generally agreed that the book is written primarily to Jews who fall into 3 groups.
- Jewish believers – true Christians who have left Judaism and received Christ as Lord and Savior
- Jews who have intellectual agreement but have never committed their lives to Christ, never acted on what they know
- Jews who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ but made absolutely no response at all
When you look at these three groups, we can very quickly remove “Jewish/Jews” and but the word “People” and understand that today’s churches are filled with this same audience. Those who believe, those who have intellectual agreement without a heart change, and those who come, hear, and make no response.
Surely, this realization also causes us to pray for an intellectual only response and non-response to the Gospel is a response, it is called rejection. May they answer the Lord’s call before it is everlasting too late.
As we look at verse 1, I am just so blessed and thankful for how the Lord (He is the true writer) describes his audience, “holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling.” These are the people in the first group above, true believers who have repented, confessed their sins, and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior…prayerfully you and me. What joy to know that the Lord sees us as “holy,” as those who share in a “heavenly calling!” Aw come on now, that is a shout now – “Hallelujah!”
Not holy by our own works but holy by our position in Christ. Again, holy not because of our practice but because of the work Jesus did at the cross and… holy because of our position in Christ and now able to live holy to the glory of God.
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10
- For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14
- Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17
- As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:14-16
What a delight to my soul! My sins and lawless acts remembered no more for God has said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He has made those with the heavenly calling to be holy! Shout now – Hallelujah!
- Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:3-4
- I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
O Father, how I thank You for the grace of holiness made possible in Christ! Never, never, never would this be possible aside from Your love, grace, and mercy but in Christ all things are possible! Blessed is Your Holy Name!
In Jesus Name, we pray! Amen!