Summary: To show that CHRIST is our High Priest. We are kings, lords and priests because CHRIST is our King of kings, Lord of lords, and High Priest respectively.
Do you have a High Priest?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that CHRIST is our High Priest.
2:17 So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God, to make atonement and propitiation for the people’s sins.
We are kings, lords and priests because CHRIST is our King of kings, Lord of lords, and High Priest respectively.
Merciful and Faithful High Priest of GOD
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 made like His brethren in every respect
"So it is evident that it was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect,"
2:7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
2:8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
2:11 For both He Who sanctifies [making men holy] and those who are sanctified all have one [Father]. For this reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren;
2:14 Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—
CHRIST became flesh and blood for this is the type of sacrifice He's going to do for us, entering Heaven itself, which is the tabernacle of GOD.
B. CHRIST became the Merciful and Faithful High Priest of GOD
"in order that He might become a merciful (sympathetic) and faithful High Priest in the things related to God,"
11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His waist and faithfulness the girdle of His loins.
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.
5:2 He is able to exercise gentleness and forbearance toward the ignorant and erring, since he himself also is liable to moral weakness and physical infirmity.