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1 Wherefore [hothen], holy [hagios] brethren [adelphos], partakers [metochos] of the heavenly [epouranios] calling [klesis], consider [katanoeo] the Apostle [apostolos] and [kai] High Priest [archiereus] of our [hemon] profession [homologia], Christ [Christos] Jesus [Iesous]; KJV-Interlinear
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. NASB
Most people think of apostles as those twelve men who were eye witnesses to the first advent of Christ. Seeing Him in person, and personally walking and talking with Him and thus were called as Apostles.
But an apostle in the broader sense is not restricted to those twelve (remember that one of the first twelve turned out to be an unbeliever, Judas). So even though he was among the first twelve men, he was not a true apostle. Likewise, there were many others, women included, who followed Christ during His ministry years. And mostly the women (and a small handful of men) were present at His crucifixion. Most of the twelve were nowhere to be found. They had run off like scared little rats.
But here in Hebrews, is the only place in the Bible which refers to Jesus as an apostle. And by the way apostle simply means a person, a messenger, an envoy sent by another.
Christ, in this case, is the messenger sent by the Father. Moses was sent to the nation of Israel. The twelve were sent to preach the gospel of Christ (resurrected) to the church. You are one sent by God to be a messenger to yourself (that is your personal growth), to your family (your teaching and sharing your knowledge to children and so forth), to neighbors who happen to inquire about Christianity when the subject happens to come up, to anyone who is interested and you happen to be in he vicinity, and so forth. Apostleship is simply, the messenger to others, aspect of your life.
Don't expect any stained glass windows with your picture on them, however. You are one of the silent, and anonymous soldiers, in Gods very powerful army of hosts.
The book of Hebrews now addresses 'brethren,' believers in Christ. The common thread in all believers is our relationship with Christ through our faith and being saved.
We are all called, in that in eternity past, God looked down the tunnel of time and saw every persons positive response to faith in Christ. Therefore we are the called.
Have you ever recorded a sporting event or even a movie, watched it the first time and then rewound back to the beginning and watched it all over again? What happened? Nothing different. The same players scored, the same players played. The same actors said their same lines, without your input. You did not make them say or do anything initially, and the rerun is just like the initial running.
God did the same thing, sort of, by looking down the tunnel of time and seeing all human thoughts, motives, and events.
God knows who will believe and who will not. Those who believe are the called, the elected, the brethren, and not by Gods doing anything, but by their own free will choice.
From heaven, God came down to us, and to heaven, one day, we will all go back to God.
Likewise, Christ came from heaven down to this earth, and will return to heaven in victory due to His work on the Cross. Bringing along, one day, all of us because of our faith in Him.
Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is man. He is the apostle (messenger to man) and high priest (representative before God), which makes Him the perfect and only intermediary between God and man.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.