Summary: To show that JESUS' Priesthood is delegated to us, now we are His kings and priests at the same time.
Where does our priesthood came from?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS' Priesthood is delegated to us, now we are His kings and priests at the same time.
Hebrews 7:17 (Amplified Bible)
7:17 For it is witnessed of Him, You are a Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.
I am a royal priesthood because of CHRIST who is a Priest forever in the order of CHRIST Himself. I am a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to the LORD JESUS CHRIST because of CHRIST Himself living within me.
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. JESUS is Priest forever
"For it is witnessed of Him,"
JESUS's Priestly duties are ended because He offered the Perfect Sacrifice once and for all, but His Priestly duties are never-ending, still He leads people to GOD by Himself, we are only vessels being used by our LORD JESUS CHRIST, whenever there's a soul that comes to the altar.
Priestly duties in the Leviticus:
Leviticus 3:2 (Amplified Bible)
3:2 He shall lay [both] his ands upon the head of his offering and kill it at the door of the Tent of Meeting; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall throw the blood against the altar round about.
JESUS leads people in the altar as a living sacrifice to Him, and JESUS cleanses them from all their sins because of His Own Perfect Blood.
Hebrews 7:15 (Amplified Bible)
7:15 And this becomes more plainly evident when another Priest arises Who bears the likeness of Melchizedek,
Hebrews 7:21 (Amplified Bible)
7:21 For those who formerly became priests received their office without its being confirmed by the taking of an oath by God, but this One was designated and addressed and saluted with an oath, The Lord has sworn and will not regret it or change His mind, You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:6 (Amplified Bible)
5:6 As He says also in another place, You are a Priest [appointed] forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek.
B. JESUS' Priest is after the order of Melchizedek
"You are a Priest forever after the order (with the rank) of Melchizedek"
When you're a priest, it's not something you can choose, meaning you are a priest from birth and you are appointed as priest because you're perfect, and you are a priest that needs to have an order or you're rank as a priest will be questioned. JESUS CHRIST, as the Priest forever is from birth a priest; but not born from Levi but from Judah, his Priesthood came from GOD Himself with an oath by GOD, He is Perfect, with no sin, and His order of Priesthood is from Himself, Melchizedek, the Pre-Incarnate CHRIST.