“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,”
I wrestled with whether to move on to the next chapter in our study, or spend yet another week considering Jesus. Considering Jesus won. This is always a safe place to default when the “race” we are running gets to be too much for us. Through worship, we keep “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) He will be faithful to carry us. (More on this later.)
Last week we began to explore the roles that Jesus plays in our real and present lives as our Apostle and High Priest. Next week we will take a closer look at how Jesus’ life compares to these figures in the Old Testament. I cannot help but think that God is trying to show us something special here, something with eternal value. Something I do not want to miss.
For these reasons, we will continue to take this segment slowly. The following excerpt begins with a review from last time and is titled “Consider Jesus,” in Andrew Murray’s classic The Holiest of All:
Christians, at Pentecost, were people who by the new birth entered into the heavenly kingdom or state of life. And the kingdom entered into them. And they were partakers of a heavenly calling, because the spirit and the life and the power of heaven was within them.
It is to such men the invitation comes. Holy brethren! Partakers of the heavenly calling! Consider Jesus! If you would know what it is to be holy and to live holy, consider Jesus who makes holy! If you would know the privileges and powers that belong to you as partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus! He is God, the King of heaven! He is Man who has ascended to heaven as your Priest and Savior, has opened it for you, and can communicate its life and blessedness. Oh, consider Jesus! Set your heart on Him; He will make you holy and heavenly.
There is more than one of my readers who mourns that he knows so little what it is to live a holy and a heavenly life. Listen, God's word speaks to you—Holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling! Consider Jesus! This is your weakness: you have looked at yourself and your own strength; you have not studied Jesus! This will be your cure: each day, each hour, consider Jesus, and in Him you will find all the holiness and the heavenliness you need.
In the latter part of the Epistle all the glory of Jesus as He entered heaven, and opened it for us, as He became a minister of the heavenly sanctuary, and leads us to dwell in the Father's presence, will be opened to us. But let us even now, from the commencement, hold fast the truth that the knowledge of Jesus seated in heaven is the power of the heavenly calling and the heavenly life.
Do not think that you know all that can be told about Jesus. Believe that there are wonders of heavenly joy to be revealed to you if you know Him better: His divine nearness and oneness with you, His ever-present indwelling to succor and lead you, His power to bring you into the Holiest of All, into the Father's presence and love, and to keep you there, will be revealed.