Merciful & Faithful

Having established his qualifications, Jesus is now presented as the high priest who intercedes for his people. He participated fully in the nature and sufferings common to all men; therefore, his priestly ministry for his “brethren” is marked by faithfulness and compassion.

The Son experienced the death common to all men. In doing so, he qualified for the priesthood. What set his nature apart from the rest of men was his sinlessness.

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His Priestly Qualifications

The priesthood of Jesus is a key subject of Hebrews. He became the “merciful and faithful high priest” who now intercedes for “his brethren.” This is anticipated in the opening paragraph, including the uniqueness of his priesthood, by declaring that he “achieved the purification of sins,” and afterward, he “sat down” in God’s presence.

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