Revealing Christ, the Anointed One and His Anointing

Hebrews 7:20-8:6

Summary
Today’s bible reading reveals Jesus as the true and only high priest. The scriptures point out the clear difference between Jesus and other past priests.
Jesus guarantees us a better agreement with God. There have been many other priests, and all died, but Jesus will be a priest forever, for He will never die! He is able to save the people because he always lives to speak to God for them.
Jesus is the only holy, faultless and sinless high priest we need, honoured above all beings in heaven, and better than any other high priest. He offered a once and for all sacrifice when He gave Himself, unlike other high priests who sacrificed daily to atone for sins.
The Law appoints priests who have weaknesses, but the promise of God which came later than the Law appoints Jesus His Son, the perfect high priest for ever.
What this means is we have a high priest who sits at the right hand of God, serving as the priest in the most holy place, a tent of worship set up not by humans, but by the Lord.

Life Application
The name of Jesus is higher than any other name.
Christ gave Himself for us, so we would live as kings and queens, not as people rejected and dejected. His sacrifice cleansed us from our sins and made us new. A life of total victory and excellence.
Jesus is the way, truth and life.
Trust Him, believe in Him, walk in the path He created for you and excel in all things.

Personal Declaration
I have the mind of Christ and live a life of excellence.

Reading – Hebrews 7:20-8:6

Hebrews 7:20-8:6New International Version (NIV)

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”[a]

22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely[b]those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners,exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

The High Priest of a New Covenant

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[c] But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 7:21 Psalm 110:4
  2. Hebrews 7:25 Or forever
  3. Hebrews 8:5 Exodus 25:40

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