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” (Hebrews 3:1-2).

When envy arose in the hearts of Moses’ older sister and older brother, Miriam and Aaron spoke against him (Numbers 12:1). Jehovah Himself confronted this duo and quickly corrected them for their sin (Numbers 12:4-5). He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:6-8).

If Moses’ siblings sinned grievously when they were critical of God’s faithful servant, how much worse must it be to be critical of God’s faithful Son. As originally written, Christ’s faithfulness is not simply a matter of past history (i.e., He was faithful as God’s apostle), He continues being faithful (present active participle—i.e., He is faithful as God’s High Priest).

Faithfulness is a monumental matter in the mind of God. It was monumental in the days of Moses. It was monumental during Jesus’ mission as God’s apostle. It remains monumental during Jesus’ ministry as our High Priest.

Thinking carefully and wisely about faithfulness and your confession of Jesus Christ ought to spur you to more diligence and focus in pursuing holiness and your heavenly calling. Being unfaithful to God and your faithful High Priest ought to be unthinkable.

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