GRACE WHEREIN WE STAND: The High Priest of Grace

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 2:17 KJV

The salvation of man is premised primarily on His connection to God God says, “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour” (Isaiah 43:11). The power of sin therefore is in its ability to separate man from God. “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa 59:1-2). If therefore man can be reconciled to God, Salvation would come freely. “The Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty“. (2Cor 3:18).

Before the Day of Salvation (on God’s Divine plan) came, God made a covenant with Israel to serve as a legal parlance upon which He could validly relate with them. But because of sin, God ordained the priestly office. Under the old covenant, the High Priest had the duty of maintaining fellowship between God and the men so that as long as the shout of the King was among them, His presence became their salvation (Num 23:23-24). 

Today, by the grace of God, Jesus is our High Priest of the New Covenant. Now, this means a lot to our salvation. Firstly, he made eternal salvation possible by reconciling us to God. He did this by destroying sin once and for all (Heb. 10:12). Before now sin was not destroyed. It was only covered with the blood of animals. However, now apart from making atonement for sin (Heb 9:12), Jesus destroyed sin (Rom 6:6). He didn’t stop there, he made it impossible for sin to be taken into account (assuming it was still in existence). He did this by putting an end to the law (Rom 7:1-7, Rom 8:2) This way, He became our peace (Phil 2:18). 

Now it is a wrong doctrine to teach that God is angry with sinners. Our high priest has reconciled us to God. God is now stretching a hand of fellowship. He’s begging you now to come to Him. No matter what sin you’ve committed, don’t sit there sulking. Run to God. He isn’t mad at you. Just repent and accept Jesus as the propitiation for your sins. It is written:

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2Co 5:18-21

LET US PRAY

Thank you Father for the High Priest of our profession

I declare that I’ve been reconciled to God. Im.brought to His presence. In His presence is my eternal salvation

Father cause your church to understand the the Priestly ministry of Jesus and make the best of it

FURTHER STUDIES

2Co 5:18-21

7:1-7

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