If we hold steadfastly to the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus Christ, who has himself passed into the heavens, we will follow also (Hebrews 3:1). We share with him a heavenly calling. The ESV puts it this way, “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.”
“Having then a great high priest, who hath passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession,” (Hebrews 4:14). If we are faithful to God as Jesus was, we will also pass through the heavens. But, we must hold fast our confession, our profession, of faith even until the last breath. Nothing else but complete faithfulness will do (Hebrews 10:23).
For this reason Jesus is called the “captain of our salvation” (Hebrews 2:10). He is also called the author and finisher of our faith.” The word “captain” and the word “author” are identical in the original language of the New Testament. It is also the word “ruler.” Jesus goes before us, even as he passes through the heavens, to show us the way (John 14:6). If we hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, we shall follow Jesus even into heaven.
This is the confidence the writer of the book of Hebrews mentions so many times. It is the confidence the Apostle John mentioned in his book, that “we know that when he appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is,” (1 John 3:2 NASU).
This is the kind of confidence we see in every person who has followed Jesus.In my life, I’ve seen this confidence in my father, my mother, every faithful gospel preacher and every Christian. This is the confidence all of us must have if we want to see Jesus ourselves one day.