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NEW PRIESTHOOD – NEW LAW

The new priesthood after the order of Melchizedek in Jesus also means a “change in law” Hebrews 7:12.

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

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NEW COVENANT ECLIPSES THE OLD

Jesus inaugurated the promised New Covenant, and by doing so, rendered the former covenant obsoleteHebrews 8:13.

According to Hebrews, the “word of the Son” surpasses all past revelations “spoken in the prophets.” He went beyond his predecessors, having “achieved the purification of sins,” therefore, he was exalted to “sit down” at the right hand of God, where he inherited “all things.” His victory signaled the inauguration of the promised “new covenant.”

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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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SUPREMACY OF THE SON

The epistle to the Hebrews stresses the superiority of the Word “spoken” in the Son over all previous but partial “words” – Hebrews 1:1-2:4

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The epistle to the Hebrews was sent to a congregation located in or near the city of Rome. Previously, it experienced pressure from outsiders, but was facing renewed pressure, and perhaps persecution. Consequently, some members were contemplating withdrawal from the assembly, and even returning to the local synagogue.

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THESE LAST DAYS

The “last days,” the age of fulfillment, began with the death, resurrection, and exaltation of the Son of God Hebrews 1:1-3.

When we hear the term “last days” we assume it refers to the final short period of history just prior to the return of Jesus in glory. This is a logical assumption. Yet, the New Testament presents the present age as the era of fulfillment that began with the Death, Resurrection, and the Exaltation of Jesus.

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THE SUPREME WORD

God’s supreme “word” has been “spoken” in His Son, and all previous “words” were partial, preparatory, and incompleteHebrews 1:1-3.

The epistle to the Hebrews compares what God achieved in Jesus to the partial provisions provided under the old covenant, and especially to the Levitical system. The contrast is between the finality of the “word” spoken in His “Son” and the incomplete revelations given in the “prophets.” What was preparatory under the old legislation has been superseded by the final “word in a son.”

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