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Summary: To show that we are like CHRIST a royal priest.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you a royal priest?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we are like CHRIST a royal priest.

IV. TEXT:

Hebrews 5:6 (Amplified Bible)

5:6 As He says also in another place, You are a Priest [appointed] forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.

Parallel:

Psalms 110:4 (Amplified Bible)

110:4 The Lord has sworn and will not revoke or change it: You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek.

V. THESIS:

I am a royal priesthood chosen by GOD.

1 Peter 2:9 (Amplified Bible)

2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

VI. TITLE:

CHRIST - Priest in order of Melchizedek

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70

B. Style of writing: Best Greek style

C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos

D. Audience: Hebrew Christians

E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible

F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

G. Keyword: better

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. CHRIST is Priest forever

"As He says also in another place, You are a Priest [appointed] forever"

Hebrews 7:1-3 (Amplified Bible)

7:1 FOR THIS Melchizedek, king of Salem [and] priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

7:2 And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all [the spoil]. He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace.

7:3 Without [record of] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor.

Psalms 110:4 (Amplified Bible)

110:4 The Lord has sworn and will not revoke or change it: You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek.

CHRIST's Priesthood is forever not based on the tribe of Levi, but on Himself, the Pre-Incarnate CHRIST.

Numbers 3:6 (Amplified Bible)

3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.

B. CHRIST is after the order of Melchizedek

"after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek"

Order in Greek word is "taxis" meaning:

1. an arranging, arrangement

2. due or right order, orderly condition

3. the post, rank, or position which one holds in civic or other affairs

Melchisedek means "king of righteousness" and is the king of Salem and priest of the most High God, who lived in the days of Abraham. Abraham saw CHRIST before the Incarnation as CHRIST testifying about it before the unbelieving Jews.


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