Summary: To show our GREAT HIGH PRIEST is JESUS, who lived, died, raised again from the dead and made us sit together with Him in His Heavenly throne.
Where are you now sitting?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show our GREAT HIGH PRIEST is JESUS, who lived, died, raised again from the dead and made us sit together with Him in His Heavenly throne.
Hebrews 7:26 (Amplified Bible)
7:26 [Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting—holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.
Thank You LORD JESUS! My LORD JESUS CHRIST is my Perfect High Priest perfectly adapted to my human needs, and my LORD JESUS CHRIST is my Pattern of Holiness, Blamelessness, and I'm exalted with Him in the Heavens. And now I am sitting together with CHRIST in His Heavenly Throne.
Perfectly Adapted 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
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. JESUS CHRIST is the Perfectly Adapted High Priest
"[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs,"
From Greek, it means "High Priest who became like us", human with body and blood.
High Priest is "archiereus" [noun, masculine] in Greek meaning:
1. chief priest, high priest - He above all others was honoured with the title of priest, the chief of priests. It was lawful for him to perform the common duties of the priesthood; but his chief duty was, once a year on the day of atonement, to enter into the Holy of Holies (from which the other priests were excluded) and offer sacrifices for his own sins and the sins of the people, and to preside over the Sanhedrin, or Supreme Council, when convened for judicial deliberations.
2. the high priests, these comprise in addition to one holding the high priestly office, both those who had previously discharged it and although disposed, continued to have great power in the State, as well as the members of the families from which high priest were created, provided that they had much influence in public affairs.
3. Used of Christ because by undergoing a bloody death he offered himself as an expiatory sacrifice to God, and has entered into the heavenly sanctuary where he continually intercedes on our behalf.
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?