All Eyes on Our ApostleRev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., April 19, 2020
Part of the Hebrews series.
This coming Lord’s Day, our sermon passage will be Hebrews 3:1-2. It is in these two verses that we discover yet another title for our Lord Jesus.
You will remember that the author of the Epistle has so far designated our Lord as a “ high priest,” and as the “ founder” of our salvation. But in 3:1 we encounter the title “ apostle.” Our Savior is called “ the apostle and high priest of our confession.” And this is the only place in all of the New Testament where our Lord is spoken of in this way, as “ the apostle.”
But added to this is something else that is most interesting and significant. We have also learned in this inspired letter that those who believe upon Christ for salvation are designated as “ brothers.” And we are “ brothers” of Christ Jesus Himself, of whom He shall never “ be ashamed.” Yet, in 3:1 we now see that added to this designation “ brothers” is the word “ holy.” We are “ holy brothers” in Christ.
Of course, these are not trivial things in the least! The designations “ the apostle” and “ holy brothers” are full of meaning and deep significance for us. And it will be our aim on Sunday to probe these titles in order to discover some wonderful truths that will enable us to better serve and remain loyal to our dear Lord and Savior.