Summary: To show that our perfection is only thru the finished work of CHRIST on the cross.
Are you perfect in CHRIST?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that our perfection is only thru the finished work of CHRIST on the cross.
Hebrews 7:11 (Amplified Bible)
7:11 Now if perfection (a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood—for under it the people were given the Law—why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron?
I am perfect in everything thru CHRIST's Grace. GOD has put together, provided me everything I need to please Him. I give the LORD JESUS CHRIST the most pleasure by living out His plans for me on the earth.
Perfection in the 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. Perfection is not attainable under the Law
"Now if perfection (a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood—for under it the people were given the Law"
Perfection means completion, or fulfilment of the plan and purpose of God. GOD's Plan was brought to completion and fulfilment only in the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Hebrews 7:18-19 (Amplified Bible)
7:18 So a previous physical regulation and command is cancelled because of its weakness and ineffectiveness and uselessness—
7:19 For the Law never made anything perfect—but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.
Hebrews 8:7 (Amplified Bible)
8:7 For if that first covenant had been without defect, there would have been no room for another one or an attempt to institute another one.
Galatians 2:21 (Amplified Bible)
2:21 [Therefore, I do not treat God’s gracious gift as something of minor importance and defeat its very purpose]; I do not set aside and invalidate and frustrate and nullify the grace (unmerited favor) of God. For if justification (righteousness, acquittal from guilt) comes through [observing the ritual of] the Law, then Christ (the Messiah) died groundlessly and to no purpose and in vain. [His death was then wholly superfluous.]
B. Perfection in the order of Melchizedek
"why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron?"
Hebrews 6:20 (Amplified Bible)
6:20 Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.