November 17, 2023 at 6:48 pm #23592pastorderrickKeymaster
Clearly show ways in which Jesus operates as the high priest for the believer today. The book of Hebrews is likely to be of great help.
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November 24, 2023 at 9:16 pm #23694BenParticipant
Ways in which Jesus operates as the High Priest for the believer today are as follows:
1. He stands before the Father as our High Priest to grant us constant access to the Father and to deliver unto us grace needed for our walk in the faith. Hebrews 4:15-16, ” For we have not an high priest which can not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
As believers who through the blood of Jesus, got redeemed and have access to God’s presence. We are always assured of that same access to the Father even when we sin or make a mistake. Jesus, stands to defend us with his blood of eternal redemption and so we must not allow the enemy fill us up with guilt or a sense of unworthiness. When we sin, we should come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain (receive) mercy…where we confess that sin committed and receive forgiveness instead of condemnation and wrath.
B. In receiving the mercy of God, we have access to God’s help in the grace of God to live above our shortcomings. Asides that, we have access to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to help us in times of need( for whatever situation). So, we are not left all by ourselves to figure out our lives after being saved but we have a high priest who has made provisions in his mercy and grace for us.
2. He as our high priest has obtained for us a more excellent ministry. Whereby we have access to better promises and the blessings of God.
Hebrews 8:6, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. ”
Hebrews 6:19-20, ” Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”
Jesus as our high priest and in being our mediator, ensures that what he purchased for us( the blessing without any curse (the blessing only) , is what we get. So now, we can be healed, be prosperous, be blessed, be full of peace, be victorious and assured of a good future. Now, we can have life to the fullest until it overflows. We can be assured of having the true righteousness ( declared justified) and much more. All better promises which we can lay claims on because our high priest have offered up the sacrifice for them.
3. Jesus in being our high priest, is the guarantee of the eternal life we have and he makes intercession for us before the Father.
Hebrews 7:25, ” Wherefore, he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
Many people have fears of the rapture, some are unsure of their stand with God even as believers and there are yet others who say that salvation can be lost. However, Jesus as our high priest carries out the role of an Intercessor ( standing on our behalf) before God to “preserve” the work of redemption he carried out especially for the believer. To keep the believer saved till the end. Like he said while on earth, “the ones the Father has given to me, no one shall be able to take them out from my hands” and also, like Paul said, ” being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the end.” He will perform and keep us till the end. He holds us up so we don’t loose our salvation and eternal life.
In summary, as our high priest Jesus plays a vital role of ensuring that all he purchased for us. We get to receive and experience, even to the very end.
November 28, 2023 at 1:25 pm #23708PaulprazeParticipant
JESUS OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST
I consider it a most incredible truth that Christ not only came to the world and did all that He, sent the Promise of the Father the Holy Spirit, but is still active on behalf of the believer as our Great High Priest. His sheer commitment to His purpose and promise, His word and will, His plans and pleasures. It is amazing indeed. Herein lies our guarantee both in this age and the age to come, that we cannot fail in God’s plan and purpose for our lives. God is absolutely committed! Hallelujah! Somehow, our being able to hold fast our confession is tied to having Christ as our great High Priest. Hebrews 4:14.
In order to have a good understanding of Jesus as our Great High Priest, it is important to have some background knowledge of who a high priest is and what they did in the old testament. This is the pattern that the writer of Hebrews uses in his writing to describe what Jesus both did and does today as our Great High Priest. Hebrews 8:4-6.
According to Hebrews 5:1, high priests were men who were selected from among men to act on behalf of men in things relating to God. So they were middle men of some sort. They offered gifts and sacrifices to God on behalf of men. Hebrews 8:3. Whatever gifts and offerings or sacrifice that men had to give to God had to be given through the high priest.
One of the major role of the high priest was carried out on the day of atonement (Yom Kippur). On this day, the High Priest alone would come into the holy of holies with the blood of bulls and goats to make atonement to God for the sins of the people and himself. Hebrews 9:7. This the High Priest did once every year.
Another role of the High Priest was to oversee all other Priests under him. He had a leadership role over all other Priests in the temple. 2 Chronicles 19:11.
In Christ as our Great High Priest, all of these roles are truly perfected and fulfilled.
Firstly, Christ was a man who was selected from among men to be man’s go-between with God. Our gifts, offerings and sacrifices, are only received by God because Christ is our Great High Priest. By ourselves, we simply stand no chance. In Christ, we are able to offer our gifts and offerings to God. Without Christ as our Great High Priest, we could not offer anything acceptable to God (1 Peter 2:5). Unlike the priests in the old testament however, we are not limited to the outer court with our offerings and gifts because we are in Christ and are therefore holy. We have direct access to God by faith in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
Secondly, Christ fulfils the duty of the High Priest in the old testament by offering Himself unto God for our sins alone, not his, for He was without sin (Hebrews 2:14). His offering was for our sins alone. And while the offering of the old testament High Priest covered sin and needed to be done yearly, the offering of Jesus as our Great High Priest was made once and for all and didn’t merely cover sin but remitted sin. His offering or sacrifice offers remission of sin rather than a covering of sin. Jesus’ offering takes away sin and makes us perfect. Hebrews 10:1-4.
Furthermore, Christ as our Great High Priest has a leadership role over us as believers who have been made Priests in Him (Rev. 1:6, 1 Peter 2:9). He is our Shepherd today (1 Peter 2:25), leading and guiding us by His Spirit and inspiring our gifts, offerings and sacrifices to God by the work that He did on the cross for us. (Romans 12:1).
December 2, 2023 at 3:44 am #23717prettyruthParticipant
Jesus operates as the high priest for the believer today.
A gloriously profound scripture-based ideology that unfolds through God’s infallible Word is mankind’s redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.
He literally laid down his life to save human beings from the unchanging fate of annihilation that awaits on the Day of Judgment–anyone who believes has escaped this doomsday (John 3:16-17). It’s the greatest miracle ever!
God planned all that on his own volition, making the matter almost incredible! It seems unbelievable that the singular motive in the heart of God his love. There was only one string attached to this grace-draping kindness: Love.
The matter gets even sweeter when we realized the High Priest position of Christ, standing in service in the heavenly sanctuary for those who have believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
He serves all those who come to God in him as High Priest forever! It’s like the job of a waiter who eagerly attends to people in a restaurant—he supplies their needs!
Believers in Christ have been unequivocally assure that not only have their sins been forgiven on the Cross, but Christ, standing in the position of High Priest in heaven continually entreats the Father currently on their behalf when they mess up in sin or when in need or in trouble (1 Jn. 1:9; Matt. 11:28-30). It doesn’t mean God condones sin. On the contrary, he sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil, which includes sin (Jn. 10:10; Acts 10:38).
Christ became our perfect High Priest. He became human and lived in the world (Jn. 1: 14). Fully Man, he was tempted in every way—yet without sin (Heb. 4:15.)
To qualify as our High Priest, he had to be made perfect through his sufferings. Surely, it doesn’t mean Jesus was imperfect. No! Perfection connotes “flawlessness” and “wholeness.” Without question, Jesus was flawless and whole. The sufferings he experienced, which culminated on the Cross, made him our perfect High Priest. He experienced all the struggles associated within humanity.
Today, Christ is our loving and experienced High Priest. He intercedes, mediates, and advocates with the Father on our behalf (Heb. 9:25; 9:24).
We can boldly come to the Father’s presence without fear of condemnation (Heb. 4:16). There is no fear in love (Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 4:18). Christ has got us covered. In faith, there’s forgiveness when we sin (1 Jn. 1:9), and our needs supplied. 🙌 Hallelujah
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