2017-05-18 / Worship

Our human priesthood will not save us

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Hebrews 5: 1-7)

The human priesthood began when the Israelites were on their way to the Promised Land that God was going to give to Israel. God directed them to build a Tabernacle to be used for worship when the people gave their lamb sacrifice to God. God directed Moses to ordain Aaron to be the Chief Priest and Aaron’s sons to also be priests to serve in the Tabernacle when the people brought their lamb sacrifices.

God told Moses, “And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” (Exodus 28:1) “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and beauty.” (verse 2)

This was the beginning of the human priesthood which is a shadow of humanity that pointed toward the Priesthood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who is our Spiritual High Priest. He makes it possible for our spiritual souls to be redeemed and carried into Heaven when we die. This becomes possible when we confess our sins and accept Jesus to be our spiritual Saviour. This begins here on earth when we accept Jesus as our Saviour and we are born again spiritually.

The human priesthood, liken unto Aaron and his sons, can only bring our gifts and sacrifices to the physical altar of God as physical sacrifices. Only God’s High Priest, Jesus Christ, can bring our souls to God’s altar in Heaven when we repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our spiritual Saviour. This begins here on earth when we die, when we are born again liken unto Nicodemus, when Jesus told him that everyone had to be born again.

In chapter 5 verse 5 of Hebrews, God says, “So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest, but he that said unto him, ‘Thou art my Son,’ today have I begotten thee…Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” God is referring to Melchisedec of the Old Testament whom Abraham met after the battle to save Lot who had gone with Abraham to God’s Promised Land.

We do not have any history on Melchisedec, the Priest. We are introduced to him in the Old Testament in Genesis 14:18. “And Melchisedec, king of Salem, brought forth food and wine; and he was the priest of the most high God.” Here in this Old Testament verse we are given a picture of Jesus Christ who will become our Priest of the New Testament days and thereafter. The Old Testament and New Testament are brought together in Melchisedec and Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind’s soul when he dies his physical death. Our soul will be carried to Heaven as a born again person by Jesus Christ, God’s only Begotten Son.

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