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The Progress Report
The Elevation of Jesus Christ
It is good to be back with you after a short time away. I want to thank Pastor Bill Sparks for filling in for me. I know his love for Gods Word and always enjoy his great preaching.
Will you turn with me in your Bibles to Hebrews chapter five, and I want to pick up where we left off and that is with an understanding of Jesus Christ as our Superior High Priest. Like Aaron, Jesus was appointed by God as High Priest. However, there are some distinguishing differences that make Jesus Christ "the great High Priest" who is superior to any other High Priest that has ever lived.
No other High Priest --
• Has passed through the heavens and has taken His seat at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
• Has made final atonement by sacrificing their own life
• Could give us access into the true and eternal tabernacle in heavens rather than an earthly copy (Heb 8:5) and give us entrance into the Holy of Holies to commune with God
• Was of the line of Melchezidek as Priest-King.
• Was ever called the Son of God.
• Was sinless but with perfect understanding of mans temptation.
• Offers help at the throne of grace when we are tempted.
• Was completely Holy and Set Apart to God fully in his heart
• Has been appointed forever as our eternal High Priest
In chapter 5 after the author has explained Jesus Christ being the real, true, and eternal High Priest he concludes in verse 10 and 11 that there was much more to say about Jesus' Priest-King role and the Melchizedekan line. Let's read this together,
Hebrews 5:10-11 (NASB95)
10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. 11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
R.K. Hughes says this about these two verses,
"The writer ... about to compare Christ's ministry with Melchizedek's, now remembers ...
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