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Journey Through Hebrews 7:23-25: But He, Because He Continues Forever, Holds The Priesthood Permanently

But He, Because He Continues Forever, Holds The Priesthood Permanently

Hebrews 7:23-25 Amplified Bible

23 The [former successive line of] priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were each prevented by death from continuing [perpetually in office]; 24 but, on the other hand, Jesus holds His priesthood permanently and without change, because He lives on forever. 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God].

            Jesus holds the priesthood permanently. He is able to save forever. At calvary Jesus laid down His life. It is well documented in scripture that He cried it is finished and gave up His spirit. He fulfilled the will of the Father. It was necessary that He give His life. But it is also well documented that over 500 witnesses saw the resurrected savior (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). The original disciples all encountered and were eyewitnesses to the resurrected Lord. Even James and Paul witnessed the resurrected Christ.

            The Old Levitical line had a succession of priests because each of those serving as High Priest would face death and their lives would come to an end. When they no longer had breath in their lungs a new priest would take their place. When the writer of Hebrews compares this alone it shows the foolishness of even considering abandoning the faith and trust we have in Jesus Christ. Because in Him we have one who not only faced death but overcame sin, death, and the grave. In Him we have the ultimate victory because the tomb is empty, and He now sits at the right hand of the Father.

            Jesus holds the priesthood without change because He lives forever. He has already tasted death and overcome. As 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin [by which it brings death] is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory [as conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. Death has been overcome. Death has been swallowed up. Jesus lives forever and because He lives forever, He is our mediator for all eternity (1 Timothy 2:5). The covenant we have through the shed blood of Jesus Christ is a far better covenant than what existed through the law on stone tablets. The law was never meant to lead to righteousness but simply reveal the depths of man’s sin and his need of a savior (Romans 3:20, 4:15).

            Jesus is able to save completely, forever, perfectly for eternity. He is able to save those who come to Him. It is God who draws and pursues, but we must respond to the precious call of salvation. We must receive the gift offered to us by the Living God. Even in the midst of our sin, He still loves us. While we were yet sinners, Christ choose to die for us (Romans 5:8). It is Jesus who lives to intercede for us. Because He has overcome sin, death, and the grave there is not a moment He is not interceding for us. He is Almighty God. He is Omnipresent (everywhere at all times), He is omniscience (All Knowing), and He is Omnipotent (All Powerful).

            Because we know that Jesus is Almighty God, He is able to save us completely and eternally and He is always praying for us. Our ability to walk in victory and freedom is having a right understanding of who Jesus is. The devil will often come to lie to us, but our hope and trust is in Christ alone. There is no one greater and there is nothing that we will face that is greater. We can hold fast to the faith we have in Jesus Christ because He is Almighty God.

Prayer

Father thank you for sending your Son Jesus. Thank you that regardless of what I face, Jesus is greater. Thank you that I can bring every battle and trial before you, and that you will lead and guide me to victory. Help me to walk in obedience to your ways. May every thought and desire be surrendered to you and sanctified by you. Father thank you for loving me the way you do. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

Reflection

1.     How has today’s devotional put the challenges you are facing in perspective?

2.     How does knowing Jesus is Almighty God strengthen and encourage you as a believer?

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