Saturday, 23 January 2010

Some Thoughts from Bible Study on Thursday

Perfection could not come through the law. Eternal perfection can only come from God and through God. The Levitical priesthood (which is a priesthood of human inheritance), could not offer eternal sacrifices. The One who is in the order of Melchizedek - Jesus Christ - could, because He came, not through a human inheritance (which will die), but, like Melchizedek, was ordained directly by God (Who is eternal) and therefore could offer an eternal sacrifice.

Hebrews 7: 11-17
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared:

"You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek."

vs. 23-28

Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

Therefore, we are not the offspring of a human ancestry, but are children of promise. We are born into this eternal life when we are born-again; we are born into eternity - after repentance - by faith in the grace and mercy offered to us in Jesus Christ.

Romans 9:8
In other words, it is not the natural children who are God's children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham's offspring.

This promise of entering into the inheritance of God (eternal life) does not come through the law, but through God's mercy and grace. We are blessed by faith in God through Christ Jesus in Whom we place our hope of eternal life. This was promised by God to Abraham, but the promise had an eternal purpose and was made before the beginning of time.

Galatians 3:9
So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Galatians 3:18
For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

Titus 1:2
a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

Titus 3:7
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

We are a royal priesthood, through Jesus Christ our High Priest of the order of Mechizedek - an eternal priesthood, not one of human inheritance, but the inheritance of eternal life from God Himself.

1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

(Quotes from NIV)


  1. I'm *so thankful* for my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!!

    He saved me and He keeps me. (o:

  2. To be a Royal Priesthood - such an awesome thing for us to remember.