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We have such an High Priest

Hebrews 8:1 declares that we, who have believed upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, have a High Priest who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.  He is a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not man.  He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises, what we read of in the New Testament.  By this new covenant, which is made possible through the blood the Lord Jesus shed, God has promised to be merciful to our unrighteousness and to remember no more our sins and iniquities (Hebrews 8:12).

I wondered about God's mercy toward our unrighteousness the other day, so I checked to see what was the first reference to unrighteousness in Scripture.  It is Leviticus 19.  The word appears twice, verses 15 & 35: Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment.  Exact wording, both times.  This is echoed by the Lord when he pleads for men to judge righteous judgment (John 7:24).  God is not unrighteous (Romans 9:14); the Lord is not unrighteous (Psalm 92:15).  Man is unrighteous.  

Leviticus shows us what righteousness and unrighteousness is.  We are not to be unrighteous: we are not to respect the person of the poor nor honor the person of the mighty in judgment; we are not to be a talebearer among God's people; we are not to stand against the blood of our neighbor (as in defending a murderer); we are not to hate our brother in our heart, nor rebuke him or suffer sin upon him; we are not to avenge ourselves or to bear any grudge.  In short, we are to love our neighbor (Leviticus 19:15-18).

Our High Priest is such an High Priest that he does not respect persons.  Christ died for the sins of the whole world.  You are as important to the Lord as any famous, intelligent, wealthy, popular, talented, handsome individual on this earth.  Our High Priest is not a talebearer.  He is not talking about you to your hurt.  He is not reviewing your past sins or spreading your present struggles.  Consider the Old Testament saints mentioned in the New Testament: nothing derogatory is said by the Lord.  Though Abraham hesitated at the Lord's directions (Genesis 17:17-18), God testifies that he staggered not at the promises of God (Romans 4:20).

No grudge is held by our Lord, no vengeance sought upon those who have turned to him in repentance and faith.  The Apostle Paul confesses that he was a blasphemer and a persecutor and injurious to those who loved Christ; but after his salvation, God elevated him, used him, honored him: no grudge, no vengeance.    

Such an High Priest can be your High Priest.  The Lord has given all this invitation, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life (John 6:47).  He that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ (that he died for our sins and was buried, and that he is risen again) is not condemned before God.  But he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).  Believe on him today!


Earlier Event: June 4
Orangeburg Baptist Tabernacle