WE HAVE A BETTER PRIEST
November 2, 1997
INTRODUCTION: If man is ever to become acceptable to
God, some perfect person has to stand between God and man.
This is the glorious message of this passage. Jesus Christ
meets all the qualifications of a true high priest, and He differs
from all other priests in one critical area - He is perfect. He is
not just a High Priest, He is the Great High Priest of God and
No man in Israel could be both King and Priest, for the
priesthood was to be a counter-force in the nation to offset
abuse of power by a monarchy which, in itself, existed to guard
the purity of Israel’s religious codes. Often, however, both
kings and priests were failures, at which times prophets
surfaced. A prophet could be a king, a priest, or one of the
common people. His work was to speak with authority from
God, regardless of opposition from “church” or state.
In the N.T. the priesthood is centered in Christ. When the Lord
Jesus lived on earth, His ministry was essentially that of a
prophet. He came to reveal God to man in a singularly
undiluted and memorable form. When He returns to earth to
reign, His ministry will be primarily that of a king. He will
conquer all His foes and inaugurate a rule of righteousness.
Today, at God’s right hand in heaven (the throne of grace), His
ministry is that of a priest. Jesus is the Best Priest, a better than
I. THE APPOINTING OF GOD’S MAN TO
A. HIS CALLING. 1,4
“appointed” - ordained; God laid His hand on him
before man. Refers to God’s choice or choosing;
selected by God.
It is the principle of Phil. 3:12-13a
Phil. 3:12-13a, “Not as though I had already
attained, either were already perfect; but I
follow after, if that I may apprehend that for
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