Since Hebrews 3: 1 starts with the verse “wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1), we will therefore continue to CONSIDER the elements of Jesus’ apostleship. I hope this will also answer the question about the reason or purpose for the ministry of the Apostle. It is difficult to begin, but we will examine Hebrews 1 and extract what may be important elements of His role as an apostle and see how well we in the church have matched His example.
1. JESUS’ CREDENTIALS AND THAT OF THE APOSTLE (Heb 1: 1-3)

God established Jesus’ credentials to show that He was no ordinary Son, but heir of all things; the co -founder/creator of the earth, the exact reflection and replica of God/He is God. He is Savior, upholds all things by the word of His power and is seated in a position of authority at the Father’s right hand.

Now this is scary, but the corollary should be that an Apostle therefore is not an ordinary son of God. He/she has creative power in the mouth and should reflect the glory and nature of God. When I say creative power, I mean that the Apostle has the power to make words come to life as well as to come to pass. Did not Jesus cast out devils with a word and preach the word with such authority that the people were amazed, exclaiming that His word was with power (Mt 7: 29; Lk 4: 32). Paul struck Elymas blind with a word? Didn’t Paul and Peter raise the dead with minimum effort like the Lord did? One man who reflected the glory of God was Moses. He did so to the degree that his face shone and the people had to ask him to cover his face. This glory on the man of God resulted from him spending time in the presence of the Lord.

Moreover, Moses’ fellowship was so attractive that God would descend in a cloud whenever He came to speak with His servant and the people would see. The ministry of the Apostle would be accompanied by the manifestation of the presence and power of God. If the manifestation in the old covenant was glorious, Paul said that we should anticipate even more glory in the ministry of the new covenant (2 Cor 3).
Moreover, the ministry of the Apostle is accompanied by great authority and favor with God. Daniel was a man “greatly beloved” and this was told to him more than once by Chief Angels. Scriptures teach us that all believers are seated together with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph 2: 6). This is our position in Christ, but the Apostle has reached to dimensions in spiritual authority that is more than knowing but involves the exercise of authority. Paul, who spoke more than any one about the ministry of the Apostle, spoke about the “signs of an apostle” which he did among the believers “in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds” (2 Cor 12: 12).

The authority of the apostle is therefore always confirmed by signs, wonders and mighty deeds and Paul reiterated this in Heb 2:3 and 4 when he said that the Lord FIRST preached the gospel which was then

confirmed unto us by them that heard him God also bearing them witness,
both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the
Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

As the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Jesus Himself set the example as “a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you…” (Acts 2: 22).
I would encourage you to read 1 Cor 2, one of my favorite chapters. Here, Paul wrote these words:

1Cr 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1Cr 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1Cr 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Paul, a very humble man, was so careful not to use his spiritual power to impress the believers that he did not look like much to them. He did not use the wisdom of man found in psychology, sociology and other forms of man’s wisdom to manipulate the people, but demonstrated the spirit and power of God so that the believers’ faith would be established in God.

How are we doing today? Hope that you were blessed.

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