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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS CHAPTER 8 (13 of 24)
1 Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the
sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the
right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the
Of the things we have spoken about, here is the main
point of it all. The High Priest we have described, we
are in union with Him. He is in Heaven, appointed to
sit on God's right hand, the place of honor and
authority, on a shared throne with the Majestic God of
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true
tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Christ serves in the Heavenly sanctuary, which is the
REAL tabernacle of which the earthly was only a
shadow. The genuine tabernacle of God, is in Heaven,
which the Lord set up and not man. There is a
TREMENDOUS contrast here concerning both tabernacles.
- The Levitical priest served in a tabernacle that
WAS: Earthly, temporal, human, external and a shadow
of the true.
- Christ serves eternally in the temple that IS:
Heavenly, eternal, divine, the spiritual reality.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and
sacrifices: wherefore [it is] of necessity that this
man have somewhat also to offer.
Every high priest under the Levitical system, was
appointed by God to offer up gifts and sacrifices, so
it was necessary that Christ also offer up a sacrifice
as well. This verse points out the fact that the
function of the Levitical priesthood was primarily to
offer up gifts and sacrifices. It was also true of
Christ priestly ministry as well.
4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest,
seeing that there are priests that offer gifts
according to the law:
If He (Christ) were on earth, His priesthood would be
non-existent seeing that He could not qualify because
He did not come from the line of Aaron. The writer
stated that at the time of his writing these
sacrifices were still ...
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