A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
Still listening to Patti Labelle sing Gospel songs. Wonderful.
“Jesus Like Melchisedec”, Acts 7:11) If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another Priest should rise after the Order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the Order of Aaron? 12) For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13) For He of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14) For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. Isaiah 11:1. 15) And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude (similarity) of Melchisedec there ariseth another Priest, 16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment but after the power of an endless life. 17) For He testifieth, Thou art a Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec. Psalm 110:4. 18) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19) For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better Hope did, by the which we draw nigh unto God. Acts 13:39. 20) And inasmuch as not without an oath He was made Priest: 21) (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by Him that said unto Him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec:) 22) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better Testament. 23) And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death; 24) But this Man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable Priesthood. John 12:34. 25) Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost (evermore) that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make Intercession for them. 26) For such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the Heavens; Ephesians 1:20. 27) Who needeth not daily as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this He did once, when He offered up Himself. Romans 6:10. 28) For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity, but the Word of the Oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is Consecrated (Perfected) for Evermore.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v11-25, The priesthood and law by which perfection could not come, have been done away; a Priest is risen, and a dispensation (a meting out) now set up, by which true Believers may be made perfect. That there is such a change is plain. The law which made the Levitical priesthood, showed that the priests were frail, dying creatures, not able to save their own lives, much less able to save the souls of those who came to them. But the High Priest of our profession holds His Office by the power of endless life in Himself; to give spiritual and eternal life to all who rely upon His Sacrifice and Intercession. This is the Believer’s safety and happiness, that this everlasting High Priest is able to save to the uttermost, in all times, in all cases. v26-28, Observe the description of the Holiness of Christ. No sin dwells in Him, though such dwells in the best of Christians. He is harmless, free from all transgression; He did no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. He is undefiled. None need be dismayed who come to God in the name of His Beloved Son. Let them be assured that He will deliver them in the time of trial and suffering, in the time of prosperity (that it not separate us from Christ), in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13, 14, He of whom these things are spoken is the Lord, who arose from another tribe –Judah. According to the Law, the tribe of Judah had nothing to do with the priesthood. The argument hinges on Psalm 110:4 and 5:6. Amen.
More to come and God Bless You.