Sat, Sep 29th - 3:38PM
and sisters, we resume this study arriving at chapter 5 of the book of Hebrews:
Heb 5:1For every high priest taken from
among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may
offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2Who
can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for
that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 3And
by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for
sins. 4And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but
he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but
he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
and again the Bible unleashes the everlasting truth that Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, did all things well. He is beyond incomparable, superior to Moses, and
superior to all the high priests of the Law and all men.
Bible takes great care to repeatedly outline in general, specific, and in the
minutiae the nature of His character and His qualifications as the eternal High
Priest and Saviour. Jesus Christ alone met and exceeded God’s standard for
anyone to be a high priest, seeing He alone lived a sinless life, and had no sin in or of Himself.
reason, Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead and lives forever, is ordained High Priest, Mediator,
Saviour and Lord for all eternity. Therefore, God has no need to appoint a
successor high priest seeing that Jesus Christ lives forever with everlasting
power and authority to make intercession for the saints (G40 hagios) before the
throne of His Father (and ours) forever.
Bible keeps reminding us that all of God’s people have a compassionate, Faithful
High Priest, Mediator, and Saviour. We can absolutely trust Him fully, we
approach Him with reverence yet without fear of rejection. Jhn 6:37
- All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I
will in no wise cast out.
beloveds, some might wonder if He really loves us, especially since we all know
how totally undeserving and unworthy we all are of it. Neither can we nor anyone ever earn it,
work for it, buy it, bargain for it-No. The point is that our high priest chose
to love and have mercy on us freely for all eternity and He is love and He is truth absolute,
steadfast, faithful for all eternity.
is His nail scarred hands that turns our faces to gaze into His eyes to see the
reflection of His eternal absolute love and absolute truth there, that has
transformed all who believe and obey Him into His holy people and given us the right, privilege,
authority and delight to come boldly before His throne for everything.
people we cannot fail to grasp the great love and compassion Jesus Christ
faithfully showed throughout His earthly ministry to the poor, downtrodden,
despised, rejected, His enemies, sinners in need, and even the rich that had
troubles. The same holds true for all eternity.
Christ completely met and fulfilled all of God’s requirements for the office of
high priest in His final finished and complete work of salvation for all who believe and obey Him, so that there is no need for all eternity for any other. However,
Jesus Christ although He is the Son of God, did not presumptuously on His own
decide that He would become a high priest. Instead He waited until God His
Father called and appointed Him to this office.
Heb 5: 5So
also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said
unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6As he saith also in another place,
Thou art a
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
can proclaim with great confidence that Christians have no need for any
additional high priests, co redeemers, redemptrixes, doctrines or traditions of
mere men. This is because none of these have ever been necessary nor shall they will
ever be necessary for all eternity, neither can they be.
beloveds, let us give God our Father the sweet sacrifices of continual praise
for giving us His Son Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us to save us from all of our sins and to bring us-all who
believe and obey Him to God. He came to save us out of His love and mercy when we
were yet His enemies.
Jesus Christ keeps us by the power of His might. He will
present us His church before His very throne without spot nor wrinkle world
without end Amen. SAY IT WITH ME HOLY PEOPLE: Let us always rejoice
continually, for there is neither the hand nor the power that can ever pluck us
from our unconquerable, unbeatable, almighty God.
can say in absolute truth and without a shred of doubt that as a follower of Jesus
Christ, I (we) will never have a day in my life that I (we) am not loved, cared
about, watched over, aided to the uttermost and kept to the day of redemption
and beyond for all eternity by my (our) Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, and will be presented by
Him before the very throne of my (our) God.