Hebrews 7 & 8:1-6 The High Priesthood of Melchizedek Christ Alone

Below you will find the rough draft notes for the sermon preached today at PSNBC.ORG. I post these as a study guide for those who participate in the sermon. Please enjoy and grow.

Melchizedek priesthood is greater than that of Aaron.

The law covenant was given to Moses. This was to abate the wrath of God. (We talked of Hell last week)

The New Covenant in Christ’s blood falls under that of Melchizedek who is a King of righteousness and of Salem (Peace) (Jeru=salem)

Thus Christ is the one by which we are saved from the wrath of God.

Christ alone (Solus Christus)

Not Jesus and__________________

  • Works
  • Good works
  • Baptism
  • Sacraments
  • Second Baptism
  • A translation
  • Mary
  • Penance
  • Purgatory
  • Thoughts or intentions

Salvation is in Christ Alone!

It is also not Jesus and “now move onto other things.”

It is Christ and abiding at His feet.

Union with Christ is the only way of salvation.

Act 4:12  And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” 

Joh 15:4-6  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  (5)  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  (6)  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 7 is thus pointing out the sufficiency of Christ for saving the people of God.

Jesus Christ is thus three things to us, Prophet, Priest, and King.

“Christ and Christ alone, is fitted to be mediator between God and man.” 1689 London Baptist Confession

Jesus Christ as Prophet

The prophet whom we need to instruct us in the things of God so as to heal our blindness and ignorance.

Deu 18:15  “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Mat 17:5  He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Jesus reveals to us God Himself.

Rom 16:25-27  Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages  (26)  but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—  (27)  to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Jesus Christ as Priest

“Because of our estrangement from God and the imperfection of our services at best, we need His priestly office to reconcile us to God and render us acceptable to Him.” 1689 London Baptist Confession

Salvation is in Jesus only as there are two conditions that must be met, and can only be me t in Him.

  1. To satisfy the justice of God through obedience to the law.
  2. To pay the price of sins.

Rom 5:19  For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Rom 5:10-11  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  (11)  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Jesus remains our High Priest and Intercessor forever.

Rom 8:34  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Jesus Christ as King

Jesus reigns through the Holy Spirit taking care of the judicial matters of atonement. He convicts of sin and righteousness and imparts faith to those whom would believe.

Act 2:30-36  Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne,  (31)  he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.  (32)  This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.  (33)  Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.  (34)  For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  (35)  until I make your enemies your footstool.”’  (36)  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

CONCLUSION

“ Shall we say that we have done our duty to God? Shall we say that we have done our duty to our neighbor? Shall we bring forward our prayers? Our regularity? Our morality? Our amendments? Our church going? Shall we ask to be accepted by any of these?” J C Ryle

Mat 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (22)  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  (23)  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

The will is that

  • Hab_2:4  “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
  • Rom_1:17  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
  • Gal_2:20  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
  • Gal_3:11  Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
  • Gal_3:12  But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.”
  • Heb_10:38  but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”
  • Heb_11:9  By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.

“Through Him alone we can have peace with a Holy God. By Him alone we can have admission in the presence of the Most High, and stand there without fear. We have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him. In Him alone we can be just, and justify the ungodly.” J C Ryle

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