Category Archives: His Priesthood

FULLY QUALIFIED HIGH PRIEST

Jesus qualified as our high priest by participating fully in human sufferings, mortality, and deathHebrews 2:5-18.

The priesthood of Jesus is one of the key subjects of the epistle to the Hebrews – He has become the “merciful and faithful high priest” for “his brethren.” The topic is anticipated in the opening paragraph of the letter, including the uniqueness of his priesthood. Unlike the Aaronic priests, the “Son achieved purification of sins,” then “sat down” in the “real” Tabernacle.

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SHADOW OR SUBSTANCE?

SYNOPSIS – The types and “shadows” of the old covenant find their substance in the Son – Hebrews 8:1-5

The epistle to the Hebrews develops its exhortation for believers to persevere in the faith from its theme of fulfillment – What God has accomplished already in Jesus. His partial word has been superseded by the complete one “spoken” in His “Son.” Most likely, the letter was addressed to a congregation with a significant complement of Jewish believers. It was facing the possibility of persecution; consequently, some members began to withdraw from the assembly and were contemplating a return to the synagogue to avoid trouble – (Hebrews 2:15, 10:32-34, 12:4, 10:24-31, 13:24-25).

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EXALTATION OF THE SON

The epistle to the Hebrews presents the exaltation of Jesus, His elevation from suffering and death to sovereignty over the Cosmos.

Threaded through Hebrews is the theme of the elevation of the “Son” from a lowly to an exalted state. His rise to sovereignty was through his obedient death and subsequent resurrection. In his sufferings, he was “perfected,” and God vindicated his obedience when he resurrected him, and then exalted him to sit at the “right hand of the majesty on high.”

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MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST

His priesthood is valid and trustworthy because Jesus was a genuine human being who died the same death as all menHebrews 2:5-18.

The next section consists of three paragraphs that present the priestly qualifications of Jesus by highlighting his solidarity with his people and his victory over Satan achieved by his death. Like his “brethren,” he was a genuine human being, only “apart from sin.” And because he suffered as they do, he is fully qualified to intercede as their high priest.

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PRIEST FOREVER

His priesthood is superior since it rests on his endless resurrection life, the promised priest after the order of MelchizedekPsalm 110:4.

The letter to the Hebrews is structured around several comparisons that demonstrate the supremacy and finality of the “word spoken in” Jesus over the past revelations “spoken in the prophets.” The previous “words” were true but partial, promissory, and preparatory. But now, “upon the last of these days,” God has “spoken” with great finality in one who is a “Son.”

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