Jesus was referred to as an apostle one time in the scriptures and this was by Paul who wrote:

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).

Hebrews 3 reveals some interesting truths about Jesus the Apostle. However, the chapter begins with the word “wherefore”, which is an adverb meaning the reason or purpose of something. That reason is found in the preceding chapters of the book and means that any reference to Jesus as the Apostle and High Priest of our Profession also has to take into consideration the truths described in Hebrews 1 and 2.

Before discussing those truths, however, let us “consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.

1. Did Paul link Apostle with High Priest to show that Jesus was chief Apostle of our profession? I believe that he did so. First, a search revealed that Jesus was referred to as chief cornerstone, although the church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets (Eph 2: 20; 1 Pet 2: 6). Therefore there would be no church without Jesus as Lord and Savior. He was also referred to as “chief shepherd” (1 Pet 5: 4) although there are shepherds in the church. We therefore will not fully understand the role of the Apostle until we understand Jesus’ role as an Apostle. After all, He appointed Apostles under Him and although we look to them for guidance, it is really to Jesus that we should look, since He is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12: 2).

2. Paul showed the characteristics of Jesus’ Apostleship in His life as follows:

a. He was appointed by God (Heb 12: 2). He in turn, knowing exactly what to look for in those He should appoint, chose the 12, to whom He said, “ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain” (Jhn 15:16). Did not Jesus bring forth much fruit in His ministry that remains to this day?

b. He was faithful or trustworthy. Faithfulness is a chief characteristic of the ministry of the Apostle. Jesus revealed this characteristic at age 12, going about His Father’s business. He kept to the purpose for which He was born in the earth, destroying the works of the devil in His life and death and fulfilling the law and the Prophets.

c. He built the house of God or the church of God (Heb 3:6). This was Jesus’ chief passion as Apostle and this is indeed the chief passion of the Apostle. When He questioned the apostles about His identity, Peter happily came up with the answer that He was the Christ, Son of the Living God. Jesus’ response was rather interesting, because He told Peter that this was the truth or confession on which He was building His church (Mt 16: 18).

We saw Him building the house of God as He selected leaders, as He trained them, preached the gospel of the Kingdom, cast out devils, healed the sick etc, gave His life as propitiation for our sins and in His exaltation.

Blessings!

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