Therefore, holy brothers and sisters…

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (Hebrews 3:1)

This verse is so great for our assurance as a believer.


1.Holy brethren= Anyone who has trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “Holy” signifies that believers have been set apart for God. God sees you as unique not because of salary, profession, appearance, or nationality but because of your status as a child of God. This is your identity.
2.Partakers of a heavenly calling= your destination is heaven. Your heart resides where the home is with Christ. You no longer search for satisfaction from your temporary dwelling (earth). No matter the circumstance you find yourself in, you can rejoice because this life doesn’t hold you- God does. You don’t have to listen to the world for approval to be “good enough”, it is your identity in Christ that completes you. You or no one else can add to or take away from this.
3.Jesus as apostle and high priest= As apostle he represents God to man. When wanting to know what God is like or would do all we need to do is look at Jesus. As High priest he represents man to God. God sees us children through the lens of His blameless and Holy son. This verse has a command “consider Christ Jesus.” The word consider means to observe or to think. We are to observe Christ, meditate on Him, and imitate Him. Let the assurance of your identity, home, and Lord inspire you to explore new depths of God and serve Him with all your heart.

In His Service,

Eric Barnes