Summary: To show that the order of priesthood and high priesthood of the LORD JESUS is of by Himself
Are you ranked with CHRIST? Are you in company with JESUS?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that the order of priesthood and high priesthood of the LORD JESUS is of by Himself
Hebrews 5:10 (Amplified Bible)
5:10 Being designated and recognized and saluted by God as High Priest after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.
I am sitting down in highest heaven in company with JESUS.
Ephesians 2:6 (The Message)
2:6 Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
Order of Melchizedek
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. Being designated, recognized and saluted by GOD
"Being designated and recognized and saluted by God"
Matthew 3:17 (Amplified Bible)
3:17 And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight!
Isaiah 42:1 (Amplified Bible)
42:1 BEHOLD MY Servant, Whom I uphold, My elect in Whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice and right and reveal truth to the nations.
Luke 9:35 (Amplified Bible)
9:35 Then there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, My Chosen One or My Beloved; listen to and yield to and obey Him!
The mark and approval of GOD, the FATHER is on JESUS when He was born into this world, there's no one like Him, unique in His water baptism.
John 1:31-33 (Amplified Bible)
1:31 And I did not know Him and did not recognize Him [myself]; but it is in order that He should be made manifest and be revealed to Israel [be brought out where we can see Him] that I came baptizing in (with) water.
1:32 John gave further evidence, saying, I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and it dwelt on Him [never to depart].
1:33 And I did not know Him nor recognize Him, but He Who sent me to baptize in (with) water said to me, Upon Him Whom you shall see the Spirit descend and remain, that One is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
If John, the Baptist grew in the knowledge (relationship) or experiential knowledge of the LORD JESUS, he would have recognized Him. Grow in the experiential knowledge of the LORD JESUS so we can recognized GOD's seal of authority on JESUS.
B. High Priest after the order of Melchizedek
"as High Priest after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek"
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.