Season After Pentecost – Looking to the High Priest, the Divine (The Epistle Passage)

Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.” (Hebrews 7:23-24)

“He” being Jesus, who conquered death. The writer of Hebrews implies that the other high priests, human high priest, do not compare as well to Jesus.

Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Verse 25)

Is it not better, the writer of Hebrews might be saying, to have a high priest who lives forever and is on intimate terms with God?

You must remember, beloved reader (and I remind myself), that this is being written early in the Christian faith when Christian theology is being developed and tested out. The writer of Hebrews and others (although there are few others besides the assumed writer of Hebrews) are taking their understanding of Jesus and what he taught his disciples, and what was passed on by them to others, and forming a faith system. A faith system that has been handed down generation to generation with each generation confirming, adding to, or amending that faith. And each denomination and religion adds to or amends those faith beliefs. At times I am amazed that Christian faith as whole has as much in common as it does. And that holds as much resemblance to the Christian faith that we find in the New Testament. But then, it is also very different, or more precisely lived out differently.

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.” (Verses 26 to 28)

The oath referred to here comes earlier in this passage (verses 17 and 21) and is that Jesus will be a priest forever. That is what gives the Christian faith shape and form, and durability – that Jesus Christ our Lord God gives the Christian faith its foundation. And that foundation will never change. It is good to remember that when faiths and beliefs come in all shapes and forms. If ones faith rests on the example of and belief in Christ, it is a strong faith. And the Spirit is the guarantor of right faith; it is not ours to judge (but judge we do) which faith is correct or not. And if that judgment cause division amongst believers it is contrary to the intent of Jesus. Something also important to remember.

We have a high priest who remains over all of us. Let us enter to relationship and communion with that High Priest. Selah!


About Carole Boshart

I have blog called "Pondering From the Pacific" and it is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much. Some days roll along smoothly and some days are like rocky shale. But always I cling to my faith . . . . and my sense of humor!

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