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CHRIST THE PRIEST
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.
What are the evidences for saying that Christ is God's appointed High Priest? Well, it is interesting to observe that there is only one book in the Bible that describes Him directly and explicitly as Priest, and that is, of course, the Epistle to the Hebrews. Hebrews describes Him as such in a number of verses: "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus" (3:1). "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession" (4:14). "So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee" (5:5). "Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec" (6:20). "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens" (7:26). "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens" (8:1).
But, of course, in many other places the teaching is implicit--by implication it is there. For instance, listen to our Lord Himself. He said, "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). This is also something that is constantly taught by the apostle Paul. In Romans 3:24-25 he says, "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."
A Thought to Ponder
There is only one book in the Bible that describes Him directly and explicitly as Priest--the Epistle to the Hebrews.
From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 303-304.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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