The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 9
Jesus Christ has compassion for those who are ignorant and going astray.
The ministry of a high priest has always been an important aspect of the relationship between God and mankind.
The high priest represents mankind before God, not the other way around (Hebrews 5 v 1). So, the high priest has to have compassion for the people He represents (Hebrews 5 v 2).
It has always been common practice that the high priest came from among the people he represented to ensure that the people are represented before God by a person who knows their struggles.
The high priest’s standing before God always determined people’s standing before God. This means that a good high priest makes the favour of God to abound toward the people as he effectively presents their case before God.
No man could take up the honor of being a high priest on his own, they all were appointed by God Himself (Hebrews 5 v 4). This also means that we cannot choose our high priest, we have to go with God’s choice. GOD’S CHOICE OF THE HIGH PRIEST IS JESUS CHRIST.
JESUS CHRIST MET ALL THE CONDITIONS THAT WERE SET BY GOD FOR A HIGH PRIEST TO QUALIFY FOR THE ROLE (Hebrews 5 vs 5-10). He, actually, is the best High Priest that ever was, and ever will be.
THE OLD TESTAMENT PRIESTS WERE PICTURES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT MINISTRY OF JESUS. They interceded for the people toward God. That’s what Jesus did and does for us (Hebrews 7 v 25).
Jesus was not only chosen by God to be a faithful and merciful High Priest, but He was also chosen to be a Priest after Melchizedek’s order (Hebrews 5 v 6).
The change from Aaron’s priesthood to Melchizedek’s priesthood was an indication that GOD WAS CHANGING HIS WAY OF DEALING WITH PEOPLE (Hebrews 8 v 13). WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PRACTICE AARON’S PRIESTHOOD RULES UNDER MELCHIZEDEK’S PRIESTHOOD (Hebrews 7 v 12).
Jesus is the Author of ETERNAL salvation (Hebrews 5 v 9). PEOPLE ARE NOT SAVED AND THEN LOST AND THEN SAVED AND LOST AGAIN, as many religious teachings promote (compare with Hebrews 10 vs 10,12,14). (This subject will be covered in some details when we get to Hebrews 6 vs 4-6).
RECEIVING THIS ETERNAL SALVATION ISN’T BASED ON US OBEYING ALL THE LAWS AND COMMANDS OF GOD. Jesus did that for us (Romans 5 vs 18-19). We simply have to obey the one command of God to confess Jesus as our Lord and believe He is risen from the dead (Romans 10 v 9).
Hebrews 3 v 1 tells us to consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our profession. Then Hebrews 3 and 4 speak of Jesus’ Apostleship and compares it to Moses’ apostleship.
In Hebrews 5 the author began to compare Jesus’ High Priesthood to that of Aaron’s. But he knew the recipients of this letter weren’t able to handle what he was about to say (Hebrews 5 v 11).
So he inserted the truths that are presented in Hebrews 6 to try and bring them to a place of maturity. Then he continued his point about the superiority of Jesus’ High Priesthood over Aaron’s in Hebrews 7 v 1.
John 1 v 17 says, “For the LAW was given through Moses; GRACE and truth came through Jesus Christ.” The message of Jesus Christ (grace) is superior to the message of Moses (law). Therefore, Jesus’ priesthood is superior to Aaron’s priesthood.
Galatians 3 v 19 (NLT) says, “Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to LAST ONLY UNTIL the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who WAS THE MEDIATOR between God and the people.”
Moses is no longer the mediator between God and mankind. First Timothy 2 v 5 says, “For, THERE IS ONE GOD AND ONE MEDIATOR who can reconcile God and humanity—THE MAN CHRIST JESUS.” So, Aaron’s priesthood has been replaced. We should stop chasing shadows and embrace the real deal, Christ Jesus (Colossians 2 vs 16-17).
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!