Hebrews 3:1 (ESV) Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

Given all the truths that the writer has given us regarding Christ, it is hardly surprising that the first result that he draws our attention to is to “consider Jesus”. He is greater than angels, and is the only one fit to do what needs to be done in order to save people from their sins. Our attentions should be on Him.

This does not mean that when we go to work or school or do the many things a day calls us to do that the only thing we think about or talk about is Him. It means that we must never give any credit anywhere other than Jesus when regarding the salvation of sinners. Consider Jesus.

He is the only fit Saviour. He is the only one sent from the Father to save us (He is our apostle) and He is the only one who can mediate between the Father and us. He hears our confession and presents them to the Father and they are accepted because of Him (high priest of our confession). Why would we ever consider someone other than Christ? The temptations that these Hebrew Christians are facing must be fierce if they are causing them to dessert Jesus for the system that points to Him.

Faithfulness to Christ begins in our minds. We are called here to “consider” Jesus. Let the import of this sink deep into your mind and heart. Chapters 1 and 2 of Hebrews say things about Christ that are absolutely stunning. What then is the first thing we should do having been told these wonderful things? Think about them. Think about Jesus. This is not a waste of time.

There are far too many believers who make a distinction between acting and thinking. The Scriptures are virulently opposed to thinking without acting and equally strong against acting without thinking. Four times in this Letter to the Hebrew Christians, the writer tells them to “consider” or think about, the things taught. We will never be the obedient people we are called to be if we do not think hard. The point here is that we will not remain faithful to Christ if we do not consider the truth about Him. People perish and apostatize for lack of thinking.

The purpose of the Book of Hebrews is to keep Christians from deserting the faith by getting them to think about who and what Jesus is. Just saying that will inflame certain believers because all they hear is “Don’t do anything, just think about good stuff.” The writer to the Hebrews is not saying anything of the sort. But he knows, as we must know, that holiness starts in the mind.

Consider the following verses and see there the importance of sound, hard, truthful thinking. Thinking is never a waste of time. It is the absence of it that has plunged the world into the mess that it is in.

Psalm 119:52 (ESV)When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O Lord.

Psalm 119:59 (ESV) When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies;

Isaiah 10:7 (ESV) But he does not so intend, and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few;

Matthew 9:4 (ESV) But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?

Matthew 10:34 (ESV) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Matthew 18:12 (ESV)What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?

Matthew 22:42 (ESV) saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”

John 5:45 (ESV)Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.

Acts 17:29 (ESV)Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.

Romans 12:3 (ESV)For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

2 Cor. 11:16 (ESV) I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.

2 Cor. 12:6 (ESV) Though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.

Philip. 3:15 (ESV) Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

Philip. 4:8 (ESV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

2 Tim. 2:7 (ESV) Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

2 Peter 1:13 (ESV) I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder,

Deut. 11:2 (ESV)And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm,

Deut. 32:7 (ESV) Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

Judges 18:14 (ESV) Then the five men who had gone to scout out the country of Laish said to their brothers, “Do you know that in these houses there are an ephod, household gods, a carved image, and a metal image? Now therefore consider what you will do.”

Judges 19:30 (ESV)And all who saw it said, “Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak.”

1 Samuel 12:24 (ESV) Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

2 Chron. 19:6 (ESV) and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord. He is with you in giving judgment.

Job 23:15 (ESV) Therefore I am terrified at his presence; when I consider, I am in dread of him.

Psalm 45:10 (ESV)Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house,

Psalm 48:13 (ESV)consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation

Psalm 77:5 (ESV)I consider the days of old, the years long ago.

Psalm 106:7 (ESV) Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the Sea, at the Red Sea.

Psalm 107:43 (ESV)Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

Psalm 119:95 (ESV)The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.

Psalm 119:128 (ESV) Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:159 (ESV) Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.

Proverbs 6:6 (ESV) Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Eccles. 2:12 (ESV)So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done.

Eccles. 7:13-14 (ESV) Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked? [14] In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.

Isaiah 41:20 (ESV)that men may see and know, may consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Isaiah 41:22 (ESV)Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come.

Isaiah 43:18 (ESV)

“Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

Jeremiah 9:17 (ESV)

Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Consider, and call for the mourning women to come;

send for the skillful women to come;

Jeremiah 31:21 (ESV)

“Set up road markers for yourself;

make yourself guideposts;

consider well the highway,

the road by which you went.

Return, O virgin Israel,

return to these your cities.

Ezekiel 32:2 (ESV)

“Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him:

“You consider yourself a lion of the nations,

but you are like a dragon in the seas;

you burst forth in your rivers,

trouble the waters with your feet,

and foul their rivers.

Daniel 9:23 (ESV)

At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.

Hosea 7:2 (ESV)

But they do not consider

that I remember all their evil.

Now their deeds surround them;

they are before my face.

Haggai 1:5 (ESV)

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:7 (ESV)

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.

Haggai 2:15 (ESV)

Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the Lord,

Haggai 2:18 (ESV)

Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid, consider:

Luke 12:24 (ESV)

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!

Luke 12:27 (ESV)

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Acts 15:6 (ESV)

The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.

Acts 26:2 (ESV)

“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am going to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews,

Romans 6:11 (ESV)

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:18 (ESV)

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

1 Cor. 1:26 (ESV)

For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.

1 Cor. 10:18 (ESV)

Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?

2 Cor. 11:5 (ESV)

I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.

Philip. 3:13 (ESV)

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

Philemon 1:17 (ESV)

So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Hebrews 3:1 (ESV)

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,

Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Hebrews 12:3 (ESV)

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Hebrews 13:7 (ESV)

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.

James 5:11 (ESV)

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.