New Priesthood – New Covenant
Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever’; so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant"
Because we have a "priest forever," Jesus Christ, we are therefore highly favored and blessed to live in our High Priest’s “better covenant” forever. “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind” regarding this eternal priesthood and New Covenant in which we now live. Earlier in this chapter of Hebrews the author wrote, "Now if perfection was through the levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizadek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also" (7:11-12).
The writer of Hebrews was simply stating that David’s word of prophecy from Psalm 110, "The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizadek," (Vs. 4) not only indicated a coming new, eternal, permanent priesthood but also a new, eternal, permanent covenant to go with it, which we are now blessed to live in through our indwelling Savior, King, and High Priest, Jesus Christ. Instead of toiling under an old covenant, with curses and blessings and no hope of permanent salvation, you and I are alive in Christ in His New Covenant of grace, which He inaugurated for us as our High Priest through His Own precious New Covenant blood, which He shed at Calvary and, through His resurrection, presented to God in heaven (Hebrews 9: 11-15).
God’s New Covenant law lives within us right now, through Christ, Who is our New Covenant. Bless your High Priest with praises in His presence today and learn all you can about our glorious, eternal, New Covenant. Hallelujah!