“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
“who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.
“For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.”
CHRIST JESUS: Apostle and High Priest of our Confession
So much could be written here about what Jesus was sent to do for mankind. The scripture exhorts us to consider His glorious assignment as The Apostle.
Apostle: Sent one; set apart; to send out on a mission; a delegate; a messenger; denotes separation for service
We know Jesus was sent to give all men the right to choose eternal life. He became a curse for us so that Abraham’s blessing might come upon the nations, the Gentiles.
“…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
1 Peter 2:24—See also Isaiah 53:4-5.
Freedom from Fear, Bondage and the Works of the Devil
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8
Christ is not Jesus’ last name. Christ means--The Anointed One—Messiah.
The word Messiah comes from the Hebrew, “anointed one.” Its Greek counterpart is “Christos” from which the word Christ comes.
When you study the New Covenant and read Jesus Christ, stop, translate and meditate His name. Scripture example: Jesus Christ, (the Anointed One and His anointing,) the same yesterday, today and forever. Meditation brings further depth to the scripture.
In Old Testament times, part of the ritual of commissioning a person for service to God was to anoint, or rub oil upon him, representing the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the highest form of power on earth!
Isaiah 10:27 describes the power of the anointing when it is released:
“It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
"…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:38
The anointing is the burden removing, yoke destroying power of God to deliver man.
Jesus Reveals His Mission:
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.
“Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
“And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”
The Anointed One and His anointing were placed within you and me when we asked Jesus to come into our hearts. As we made Him Lord, His Spirit took up residence in us and we became a new creation in Christ Jesus. “Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” Corinthians 5:17
Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach us all things.
As a Believer you have The Teacher within you.
“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27
Whether in private times of study or hearing our Ministers instruct and direct us, it is The Teacher within who is bringing understanding of Kingdom ways and knowledge to us.
Jesus Blood—This changes everything!
Old Testament—New Testament
- The Jews worshiped Jehovah in The Temple.
- The New Creation is the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.
A new way of thinking is a requirement for The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
See Romans 12:2. When you read the Old Testament scriptures, they must be read in light of what the New Testament says.
Example: Some writers of the Psalms asked God to consume their enemies and their children. Since our Savior’s Blood has been shed for all mankind, Christians are to love and pray for their enemies, knowing that our true enemy is not flesh and blood, but principalities, powers… Ephesians 6:12
When Moses consecrated and anointed Aaron and his sons to be priests, they were to be mediators between God and man for the children of Israel. But the New Covenant declares:
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 2:5
“To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6
- The Law was given to the children of Israel, Abraham’s seed, as a tutor; a precursor of things to come. Jesus Christ came and fulfilled the Law.
- New Creation children, Abraham’s seed, are the sons of God. The old “tutor” is replaced with the life giving Teacher: the Holy Spirit.
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt but could not get Egypt out of them. Selah
There is much more to learn on the subject of who we are in Christ…the Anointed One and His anointing. As we learn and mature, more will be revealed to The Church.
Solid food belongs to those who are of full age. Hebrews 5:14
Partakers of the Heavenly Calling
Through the knowledge of Him and receiving His great and precious promises we partake of the divine nature, having escaped the depravity that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4
Ephesians Chapter 1 reveals who we are in Christ:
- Blessed with every spiritual blessing
- Chosen before the foundation of the world
- Holy and without blame before Him
- Predestined to adoption as sons
- Accepted in the Beloved
- Redemption through His Blood
- Forgiveness of sins
- Riches of His grace
- Wisdom and understanding
- Have obtained an inheritance
- Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise
The Temple—His Body
“Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.
“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.'
“Having said this, He breathed His last.” Luke 23:44-46
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’
“Then the Jews said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’
“But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
“Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.”
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Life Applications: To whom much is given much is required.
Not only was Jesus sent on a mission, but so are we. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 Invite someone to church this week.
Go to the Who I Am scriptures and read them out loud in light of what The Apostle, Jesus Christ did and accomplished for you.
Have your read the Book of Hebrews lately?
Next Week: The High Priest of Our Confession
Praying for Your State: The Church—The Lost—Elected Leaders
Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” The One who resides within us knows how to pray effectively. Rely on His direction rather than traditions you may have learned in the past concerning prayer. As we all grow, we receive more light-knowledge!