Understanding the power and authority of Jesus’ position as High Priest in our lives will help the believer understand the depth of total forgiveness we have to live in.
Hebrews 7:17-19, “17 For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek." 18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.”
Verse seventeen is referencing verse four from Psalms 110, and Psalms 110 is the announcement of the Messiah’s reign. Our Messiah will reign forever; is a statement that carries more weight than man understands. Most importantly we must realize the importance of verse eighteen. The former commandment was annulled because of its weakness and unprofitability. Why would you want to hold on tightly to something that makes you spiritually weak and is unprofitable? Yet Christians do so today through their doctrines of man, the laws of the Old Testament and its ways of living and judgment of lifestyle? Living by the law makes you weak in the spirit and the spirit realm is where all life is established. Galatians 4:6 tells us that in living by the law we fall from grace. So why is the Law of Moses and doctrines of man preached so much from pulpits, because without the leading of the Holy Spirit the natural mind of man can never understand the spiritual things of God. And most denominations have removed the Holy Spirit, our Helper sent by Jesus, from the church. The carnal mind is enmity to God, Romans 8:7 and the Devil who lives in man’s natural thinking cannot afford to let man understand the freedom he can have in walking by faith in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.
Many people question my statement in the previous paragraph that living by the Law makes you weak in the spirit. Remember Paul’s comment in Romans 8:3 “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.” Starting with Romans 7:13 Paul shared the turmoil he had as a man trying to live under the law and the harder he tried the more he failed. Failure breeds doubt and is a part of fallen man, but when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior we receive the spirit of the Son according to Galatians 4:6. However, our battle is not with flesh and blood but spiritual according to Ephesians 6:12 and every time we lose another battle in life we become weaker. At some point a Christian must realize the truth that it is when we are weak He is strong. At that point you will begin to let go of your efforts and start holding on the only one who can deliver you from yourself and that is by faith in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.
Verse nineteen stated “the law made nothing perfect”. Stop right there and read this again and again until you get the truth within this statement. The Devil is having a field day with the children of God by keeping us focused on our actions, faults, and shortcomings, instead of focusing on Jesus and our one on one relationship with Him. Our messiah will reign forever which means the New Covenant between God and man will never change again. Faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way man will ever have to come to God and James 2:10 tells us that “whoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, is guilty of all.” Let go of any doctrine and hold on to Jesus. People, especially the religious pastors and their followers want to argue this point with me all the time, and yet it is not me they are arguing with it’s God’s word found in the same bible they have, that they are arguing with. Can you see how strong our belief in something is? People can believe in something so strongly, they will not even let the word of God stumble them into the truth. Put that same level of belief in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross and you will never be the same.
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