The Need for a Priest with an Indestructible Life
Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
What was the basis of Jesus’ Priesthood?
OUR INDESTRUCTIBLE HIGH PRIEST
The Power of an ENDLESS, INDESTRUCTIBLE and PERMANENT LIFE
The perfection required for a relationship with God is only possible through a Priest that has power, power with God and with Man. Power evidenced by an indestructible life!
The Old Testiment Priesthood was a parenthetical period between the Promise of Abraham and the Promise revealed in Jesus Christ. The Law was temporary, just as the priestly function and sacrifices. They merely served to point men and women to the Permanent Solution, Jesus Christ. The proof of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ lies in His Permanence and Eternity.
He is our Permanent Power (He arose from the grave)
He is our Permanent Provision (for sin and satan)
He is our Permanent Protection (ever liveth to make intercession)
THE BENEFITS OF AN INDESTRUCTIBLE PRIEST
Due to the Permanence of the Life of Jesus…
The Temporary was Set Aside (vs. 18-20)
o The Law regarding sacrifices
o The Law regarding food and strict observances
The Permanent is Set in Place (vs. 21-24)
o Our Permanent Priest
o Our Perfect Priest
o Our Interceeding Priest
Salvation is available to all who draw near to God THROUGH JESUS (vs 25)
o Jesus Christ is the Fulfillment of all those aspects of the Law that pertain to our access to God.
o No matter your filtiness or sin, He offers the Uttermost Salvation to the Guttermost Sinner!
He is our Perfection Forever!
o We have a permanent relationship with Holy God
o We have a perfect relatiosnhip with the Father
o We have an indestructible relationship with the Father
Have you entered into this permanent relationship that Jesus has with His Father. Because of His incarnation, He is now the King who provides us Permanent home in His Kingdom and our High Priest who provides permanent Peace with our Holy God, creator of the universe.
He is permanently by His side
He is indestructible.
He is ever living to make intercession for you! Not because of your righteousness, but because of your need and dependence on Him!
He is able to save the uttermost and the guttermost.
THE KIND OF HIGH PRIEST WE NEED
For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
THE MORE EXCELLENT MINISTRY
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle,
unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry
he is the mediator of a better covenant
established upon better promises
DO YOU PARTAKE AND BENEFIT FROM HIS INDESTRUCTIBLE MINISTRY?
The Quality of this more Excellent Ministry
The Nature of the Better Promises
The Benefits to You of this Ministry
THE TRUE MEANING OF HIS BETTER MINISTRY
living An EXCHANGED LIFE
You need but draw near to Him who is holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He is your Hope! Have you exchanged your pitiful life for His Perfect Life?
Are living in the Here of the Flesh of your own way, or in the There of our Indestructible Priest?