Summary: To show that CHRIST is both our Apostle and High Priest.
Is CHRIST your Apostle and High Priest?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that CHRIST is both our Apostle and High Priest.
Hebrews 3:1 (Amplified Bible)
3:1 SO THEN, brethren, consecrated and set apart for God, who share in the heavenly calling, [thoughtfully and attentively] consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest Whom we confessed [as ours when we embraced the Christian faith].
CHRIST is my Apostle and High Priest.
JESUS, our Apostle and High Priest
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. We are set apart for GOD and we share in the heavenly calling
"SO THEN, brethren, consecrated and set apart for God, who share in the heavenly calling,"
Hebrews 3:14 (Amplified Bible)
3:14 For we have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, if only we hold our first newborn confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end.
1 Corinthians 9:23 (Amplified Bible)
9:23 And I do this for the sake of the good news (the Gospel), in order that I may become a participator in it and share in its [blessings along with you].
1 Peter 2:9 (Amplified Bible)
2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
We are made holy, righteous and separated for GOD's purpose here on earth.
B. JESUS is our Apostle and High Priest
"[thoughtfully and attentively] consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest Whom we confessed [as ours when we embraced the Christian faith]"
Romans 15:8 (Amplified Bible)
15:8 For I tell you that Christ (the Messiah) became a servant and a minister to the circumcised (the Jews) in order to show God’s truthfulness and honesty by confirming (verifying) the promises [given] to our fathers,
John 20:21 (Amplified Bible)
20:21 Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.
Hebrews 8:1-3 (Amplified Bible)
8:1 NOW THE main point of what we have to say is this: We have such a High Priest, One Who is seated at the right hand of the majestic [God] in heaven,
8:2 As officiating Priest, a Minister in the holy places and in the true tabernacle which is erected not by man but by the Lord.
8:3 For every high priest is appointed to offer up gifts and sacrifices; so it is essential for this [High Priest] to have some offering to make also.