January 25, 2017
- By Ed Powell
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"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus." Hebrews 3:1
We all find it encouraging being in the "inner circle" or in a personal relationship with other people. There is a special sense of care and consideration, understanding and concern when we are bonded together in such a fellowship. How beautifully the author refers to these fellow believers who have been bonded together by the love of God. He refers to them as "holy brethren"--those who have been made "righteous" and have been brought into a "oneness of spirit" by the power of God. Their consecration to God and one another is very special, because they partake of the heavenly calling and share in God's plan and purpose for their lives.
In sharing his calling, the author says, "Attentively fix your thoughts on Jesus." Focus the intent of your life on the High Priest, whom we confessed to be ours when we embraced the Christian faith, the One who was faithful to God who appointed Him. What a blessed foundation for our friendship with others. Christ is the pre-eminent One, the One who binds us together, and the One to whom we fix our hearts and will.
What a difference this would make in our relationships with fellow believers, if this were the basis of our bonding. We would "prefer others" more than ourselves.
Then the writer says, "Consider, attentively fix your thoughts on Jesus, our High Priest, who was faithful to the One who appointed Him." God sent Him to be our Savior and the Lord of our life. He is the express image of God, the brightness of His glory, who upholds all things by the word of His power. But look at His life: "Fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you." To contemplate the Lord Jesus in all of His excellency and glory should be the richest delight of our souls, and should compel us to unreserved obedience and commitment to Him.
Do you ever pause to consider the important ministry that Christ is engaged in NOW for us? He is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us, pleading our cause. "For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." He bids us to "come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." He is our High Priest, our Advocate, and our intercessor before God the Father. We will not receive any benefits from the "power" of His grace until we avail ourselves of the "provision" of His grace through prayer.
The whole work of redemption has been ordered by the Father and executed by the Son, and the Holy Spirit draws us to Him. We must not stagger at any of the promises, but be strong and confident in faith, giving glory and praise to God.
What a blessed "bond of love" is ours, as we share our heavenly calling with holy brethren, considering Him who gave Himself for us that we might be reconciled to God! Hearts and lives bonded together--praying for one another, standing with one another, sharing our hurts and our victories, all because of the love, grace, and mercy of God! Praise the Lord!
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
This page was reprinted by permission from: http://litmin.org/dare.php?date=2017-01-25
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