Tag: oath from God
Scripture reading for November 6th: Hebrews 7:18-28
Do you ever wonder if you are really saved? Do you sometimes think that maybe you are not quite saved, but are missing something? Feelings can play tricks on us. We are mortal and our flesh has insecurities and our enemy loves to make accusations. The writer of Hebrews wants to reassure the believers of the completeness of their salvation!
God appointed Jesus to be a priest forever by using an oath. “And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but He became a priest with an oath when God said to Him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: ‘You are a priest forever.'” (Hebrews 7:20-21) When Jesus became a priest, He was superior to the Levitical priesthood and had a better covenant as well.
“Not there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:23-25) There is no more need for another priest! This Jesus will always be there any time we have a need. We can call on Him and know He will pray and has already sacrificed His body and blood on our behalf!
“Such a High Priest meets our need–One who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike other priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself.” (Hebrews 7:26-27) Jesus is set apart from sinners like us. He is completely holy and pure. He was sinless and is now exalted above the heavens. He has already offered the perfect sacrifice and has been made perfect.
We are so blessed to have this wonderful High Priest! We don’t need another and never will. He faithfully intercedes for us and will come back to receive us to Himself. We can be assured of complete salvation: forgiveness of our sins now, power to live a holy life, and a glorified body enabling us to live in God’s presence forever! That’s something to boast about and shout joyfully to the One who paid it all!