Sunday, March 19, 2017

HEBREW 7:26-28

"For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest,
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners
and exalted above the heavens;
who does not need daily,
like those high priests,
to offer up sacrifices,
first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people,
because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
For the Law appoints men as high priests
who are weak, but the word of the oath,
which came after the Law,
appoints a Son, made perfect forever."

When someone says, "It is fitting," it usually means we deserve something.
This time it means nothing but grace, pure grace.

"'For such a high priest suited us' (KJV)
Unholy, mischievous, defiled sinners;
a blessed paradox!
Holy--With respect to God;
Harmless (innocent)--With respect to men;
Undefiled--Without any sin in Himself;
Separated from sinners--As well as from sin.

"'He offered Himself up,' That which has to be repeated is imperfect;
that which need be done only once is perfect and lasts forever."
(Andrew Murray)

Oh, what unfathomable love that He would offer Himself up as a suffering sacrifice for us.

Adam Clarke said
But how was a person of such infinite dignity suitable to us? His greatness is put in opposition to our meanness. 
He was holy; we, unholy.
He was harmless; we, harmful, injuring both ourselves and others.
He was undefiled; we, defiled, most sinfully spotted and impure.
He was separate from sinners; we were joined to sinners, companions of the vile, the worthless, the profane, and the wicked.
He was higher than the heavens; we, baser and lower than the earth, totally unworthy to be called the creatures of God. 

"And had we not such a Saviour, and had we not been redeemed at an infinite price, we should, to us the nervous language of Milton...'after a shameful life and end in this world, have been thrown down eternally into the darkest and deepest gulf of hell...'"

"'Who needeth not daily'; Though the high priest offered the great atonement only once in the year, yet in the Jewish services there was a daily acknowledgment of sin, and a daily sacrifice offered by the priests...When they offered this victim, thy prayed the following prayer: 'O Lord, I have sinned, and done wickedly, and gone astray before Thy face...'"

"The old covenant required perfect obedience from the very commencement of life; this is impossible, because man comes into the world depraved.  The new covenant declares God's righteousness for the remission of sins that are past; and furnishes grace to enable all true believers to live up to all the requisitions of the moral law, as found in the gospels."

Grace, grace, grace, pure grace. 
How great a love God gave to us,
to enter within the veil.

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