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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Unchangeable Priesthood

Jesus minced no words in proclaiming His Deity. The New Testament records His direct claims to Deity, His indirect Claims to Deity and His titles of Deity.

At the Feast of the Dedication, Jesus answers the Jewish questioning of His Deity in John 10:36, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” Jesus was not the conquering Messiah that the Jewish people expected. They were looking for the Messiah in earthly terms, a mighty warring king who would usher in the Kingdom, Jesus came in humility, not fulfilling their expectations.

In Luke 5:17-26 the Bible records the healing of the paralytic man lowered through the rooftop. In Luke 5:20 Jesus says, “. . . Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. At the scribes and Pharisees heart’s disdain Jesus replies in 5:23, “Whether it is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?” Jesus implied His Deity in His forgiving of sins, as God only is able to absolve man's sins.

Jesus’ claim to Deity with the titles of the Son of Man and the Son of God speaks of the Hypostatic Union of His God nature and His human nature. This truth enables Him to be the sinless Lamb of God deserving to open the seals of Revelation. It qualifies Him to truly taste human suffering and temptation without sin and to be our Savior. In the Hypostatic Union Christ's Deity and humaness do not affect each other, so that He is truly sinless and sorely tempted. In this truth, Christ is able to serve as our High Priest and ever intercede for us.

Hebrews 7:24-26
"But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens"

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