Hebrews

Saved to the Uttermost

Hebrews 7:25, “ Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Jesus is the guarantor of a better, more perfect covenant (Heb. 7:22). The old covenant, though good in a...

A Permanent Priesthood

Hebrews 7:23–24, “23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.” Those of us who live under the new covenant are in a far better...

A Better Covenant

Hebrews 7:22, “This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.” Legalism has been a perennial temptation for the church. The apostle Paul, for example, has to admonish the Galatian Christians for trying to ensure their salvation by observing the Law. Beginning in...

Not Without an Oath

Hebrews 7:20–21, “And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made...

A Better Hope

Hebrews 7:18–19, “18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its...

A Priest Forever

Hebrews 7:15-17, “15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of...

Descended from Judah

Descended from Judah

Hebrews 7:13-14, “For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.” How...

A Change in the Law

A Change in the Law

Hebrews 7:11–12, “11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the...

Inferior to Melchizedek

Inferior to Melchizedek

Hebrews 7:9–10, “9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.” In chapter 7, the author of Hebrews demonstrates the superiority of Melchizedek to...

Blessed by the Superior

Blessed by the Superior

Hebrews 7:7–8, “It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8 In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives.” Facing a congregation that considered abandoning the new...

Resembling the Son

Resembling the Son

Hebrews 7:2–3, “and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither...

This Melchizedek

This Melchizedek

Hebrews 7:1, “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,” The church father Tertullian once remarked that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. His point was...