Summary: To show that CHRIST is Perfect High Priest as a Man.
Is CHRIST our Perfect High Priest?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that CHRIST is Perfect High Priest as a Man.
Hebrews 5:1 (Amplified Bible)
5:1 FOR EVERY high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in things relating to God, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
CHRIST JESUS is my Perfect High Priest because He's a Perfect Man appointed by FATHER GOD.
Every human high priest
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. Appointed to act on behalf of men in things relating to GOD
"FOR EVERY high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in things relating to God,"
For a man to qualify as a high priest, he first needs to be a human being and appointed or ordained, both are satisfied by CHRIST.
Ordained or appointed means:
1. to place down
2. to designate
3. to appoint, conduct, make, ordain, set
Hebrews 10:11 (Amplified Bible)
10:11 Furthermore, every [human] priest stands [at his altar of service] ministering daily, offering the same sacrifices over and over again, which never are able to strip [from every side of us] the sins [that envelop us] and take them away—
Exodus 28:1-4 (Amplified Bible)
28:1 FROM AMONG the Israelites take your brother Aaron and his sons with him, that he may minister to Me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.
28:2 And you shall make for Aaron your brother sacred garments [appointed official dress set apart for special holy services] for honor and for beauty.
28:3 Tell all who are expert, whom I have endowed with skill and good judgment, that they shall make Aaron’s garments to sanctify him for My priesthood.
28:4 They shall make these garments: a breastplate, an ephod [a distinctive vestment to which the breastplate was to be attached], a robe, long and sleeved tunic of checkerwork, a turban, and a sash or band. They shall make sacred garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to minister to Me in the priest’s office.
JESUS is our Chief High Priest because He's a Perfect representative of both GOD and men, as He is called Mediator. CHRIST is Only One Perfect Mediator.
1 Timothy 2:5 (Amplified Bible)
2:5 For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
B. To offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins
"to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins"
Hebrews 8:3 (Amplified Bible)