The Great High Priest

“For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness (infirmities, sin, imperfections), but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.” (Heb.7:28)

And the “word of the oath” was from God the Father which said, “The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Heb.7:21)

Now the thing that stands out to me about the priest Melchizedek is that he “having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” (Heb.7:3)

Speaking of The Christ, “For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood (or priests).” (Heb.7:14). Isn’t it just like God to do something totally out of man’s understanding or protocol? Not even Moses, the great man of God knew of this coming priesthood.

“And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.” (Vs.16).  This is a heavenly priesthood, not of man or earthly.

I like what the “Barnes commentary” has to say regarding this priesthood. I quote:

“The subject of this chapter is the exalted high priesthood of the Redeemer. This is a subject which pertains to all Christians, and to all men. All religions imply the priestly office; all suppose sacrifice of some kind. In regard to the priestly office of Christ as illustrated in this chapter, we may observe:

(1) He stands alone. In that office he had no predecessor, and has no one to succeed him. In this respect he was without father, mother, or descent – and he stands in lonely majesty as the only one who sustains the office; Hebrews 7:3.

(2) he is superior to Abraham. Abraham never laid claim to the office of priest, but he recognized his inferiority to one whom the Messiah was to resemble; Hebrews 7:2, Hebrews 7:4.

(3) he is superior to all the Jewish priesthood – sustaining a rank and performing an office above them all. The great ancestor of all the Levitical priests recognized his inferiority to one of the rank or “order” of which the Messiah was to be, and received from him a blessing. In our contemplation of Christ, therefore, as priest, we have the privilege of regarding him as superior to the Jewish high priest – exalted as was his office, and important as were the functions of his office; as more grand, more pure, more worthy of confidence and love.

(4) the great High Priest of the Christian profession is the only perfect priest; Hebrews 7:11, Hebrews 7:19. The Jewish priests were all imperfect and sinful men. The sacrifices which they offered were imperfect, and could not give peace to the conscience. There was need of some better system, and they all looked forward to it. But in the Lord Jesus, and in his work, there is absolute perfection. What he did was complete, and his office needs no change.

(5) the office now is permanent. It does not change from hand to hand; Hebrews 7:23-24. He who sustains this office does not die, and we may ever apply to him and cast our cares on him. Men die; one generation succeeds another; but our High Priest is the same. We may trust in him in whom our fathers found peace and salvation, and then we may teach our children to confide in the same High Priest – and so send the invaluable lesson down to latest generations.

(6) his work is firm and sure; Hebrews 7:20-22. His office is founded on an oath, and he has become the security for all who will commit their cause to him. Can great interests like those of the soul be entrusted to better hands? Are they not safer in his keeping than in our own?

(7) he is able to save to the uttermost; Hebrews 7:25. That power he showed when he was on earth; that power he is constantly evincing. No one has asked aid of him and found him unable to render it; no one has been suffered to sink down to hell because his arm was weak. What he has done for a few he can do for “all;” and they who will entrust themselves to him will find him a sure Saviour. So why will people not be persuaded to commit themselves to him? Can they save themselves? Where is there one who has shown that he was able to do it? Do they not need a Saviour? Let the history of the world answer. Can man conduct his own cause before God? How weak, ignorant, and blind is he; how little qualified for such an office! Has anyone suffered wrong by committing himself to the Redeemer? If there is such a one, where is he? Who has ever made this complaint that has tried it? Who ever will make it? In countless millions of instances, the trial has been made whether Christ was “able to save.” Men have gone with a troubled spirit; with a guilty conscience; and with awful apprehensions of the wrath to come, and have asked him to save them. Not one of those who have done this has found reason to doubt his ability; not one has regretted that he has committed the deathless interest of the soul into his hands.” 

End of quote.

I am thankful that we have this Great High Priest that we can approach. I am thankful that we are under a better covenant, a new covenant. Under this New Covenant, He has put His laws in our minds, and has written them upon our hearts. This is spiritual, not of the letter.

Regarding this, He says, “A new covenant,” “He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb.8:13)

Blessed be the name of our Saviour, Jesus The Christ!


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2 Responses to “The Great High Priest”

  1. brian Says:

    Thanks Richard, for the reminder…I happen to be reading Hebrews at the moment with a bro from Church @ dunkin donuts. We are coincidentally on chapter 7; and have challenged one another to get some good commentary on it. My choice has been the blue letter bible–pastor Chuck has some good insight, so does the audio of Bob Davis.

    * prayer note* — I need work right now, I recently left my job waiting tables–not enough $ to keep paying bills. I routinely make poor decisions when it comes to my employment–it messes up my witness I know!
    The Lord knows and cares about it I know; I need my faith strengthened in Jehovah Jireh! Amen!
    Have you ever read any of F.B. Meyer? His work called “saved and kept” is awesome!

  2. Richard Says:

    Brian,
    Thanks for stopping in. Blessed to know that you’re in Hebrews. It’s awesome! Been camping there on and off for a long time. It’s one of my favs.
    I will be praying for your job situation. Make sure you are walking in all your known obedience. Provision doesn’t come outside of obedience. I have found it so, even very recently.
    Years ago I have read some of “F.B”. Don’t recall that one, but I might take a look.
    God bless you brother!

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