biblestudy: Hebrews (Part 8)

Hebrews 7:1 - 8:6
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 17-Nov-87; Sermon #BS-HE08; 88 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the superiority of Christ and the Melchizedek priesthood, pointing out that in every way it is superior to the Aaronic priesthood because Christ tenure is eternal rather than temporal, guaranteeing both continuity and quality. Hebrews 7 is the only portion of scripture that carefully examines Christ's credentials as High Priest, giving us concrete hope of our salvation. His blameless and undefiled life made Him an appropriate guarantor or co-signer covering our imperfections. After establishing the need for a change of the priesthood, Paul describes the details as to how the new priesthood will administer the New Covenant, amplifying and bringing into stark reality what had been only seen in shadowy outline in the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is established on better promises, not law changes.

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Aaronic Priesthood Change in priesthood Christ as co-signer Continuity and Quality Eternal being Facsimile of Christ Forerunner Function of priest Hamartia High Priest King of Peace King of Salem Mediator Melchizedek Qualification of priest Superiority of Christ Tenure of priest Tithing Without genealogy

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