TheShiningLight

Preparing the Way of the Lord

Hebrews 1

Introduction

The High Priesthood of the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

The odors of incense are symbolic of prayer since the smoke and odor of incense rises up when it is burned and our prayers rise up to God in heaven.

5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

John writes about a certain scroll or book which was sealed by God the Father who sits on the throne of the universe. This writing has been sealed by God the Father and John is marveling that there is no one who can be found worthy to open the seals.

What is this book and what are the seals? We can turn to Daniel 12 where the angel tells Daniel, the writings have been sealed until the end, until the very end of time. And that statement is repeated again later on in Daniel 12.

And no one was found worthy to unseal it, or to open the latter day prophecies of the Word of God, or that part of the Word of God which is called the prophets; no one until Jesus Christ gave himself for his Creation, making those prophecies sure.

Being found perfect by God the Father; the Son was judged to be perfect and blameless in His behavior throughout His entire life, and therefore could be raised up to eternal life Himself. And further, because He was the Implementing Creator of all things and all life, including all human beings, His death paid the penalty for the sincerely repented sins of all humanity.

Once a penalty has been paid, we are to go out and sin no more, as Jesus commanded us. We are to stop sinning and if we do happen to slip, we can go to God the Father through Christ and ask that the penalty be paid once again, that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God be applied to us once again; but God’s mercy is never to become an excuse for sinning willfully and habitually.

If we ask that the sacrifice be applied to us when we are not sincerely repentant and we are not really sorry enough to change; if we then go out and do it again, do it again, do it again, falsely repent, do it again, do it again: sooner or later God is going to lose patience with us and say, “You are mocking me. You are mocking the sacrifice of Christ because you are sinning willfully and there is no more sacrifice for you.”

Now, Jesus Christ the Creator of mankind and all else, who gave up his Godhood to be made flesh and became our sacrifice, faced the potential of eternal death; if He should have sinned. He did not sin and therefore was worthy.

Being the Creator, He was worth more than all of the creation, and therefore was a worthy sacrifice for all of the creation, which is why:

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

These books were sealed (Dan 12), because there was no reason to have knowledge of the information contained inside the roll until the Lamb of God had completed his mission. They were sealed because everything in the books was conditional upon the perfect life of Jesus Christ; and upon His successful sacrifice, resurrection, and his rising up to God the Father as our Wave Offering to be accepted for us.

Jesus Christ was the sacrifice for His creation and being perfect was a perfect sacrifice. Therefore, he could enter into the presence of God the Father, presenting Himself as the Wave Sheaf Offering for the sincerely repentant of humanity.

At that point Jesus Christ became the High Priest of the New Covenant!

What is a high priest?

A high priest is a person appointed by God, chosen by God; to mediate between God and the people. We read how Israel at Sinai said, “You go and speak for us Moses. Don’t let God speak to us lest we die. You go and mediate.” And so Moses became a mediator of the Mosaic covenant.

Likewise, Jesus Christ has gone to God the Father to mediate for us as the High Priest of the New Covenant. And this time, it is Jesus Christ, the very Creator who is the Mediator of this New Covenant. Which is a spiritual covenant because it involves the genuine forgiving and atonement for sincerely repented PAST sin, enabling complete reconciliation to God the Father; and ultimately a change from the flesh into spirit.

Under the Mosaic Covenant, various animals were sacrificed which were typical of what Jesus Christ would later do. They served to keep men at peace with God physically within the Mosaic Covenant where there were NO spiritual promises, only promises of physical blessings.

However, those animals could not atone spiritually for the sins of even one man. All the animals ever sacrificed could never atone spiritually for the sins of one man; simply because man made in the image of God, man made “after our likeness and in our image,” as it is written; is greater than all the animals. Man is of the God kind and animals are of a lesser kind, and therefore all of them together do not amount to a man.

The sacrifice and the killing of animals could not spiritually atone for sin, could not pay for sin. Only the killing of a man can pay the penalty for his sins.

That is, every man must die for his own sin, as it is written (2 Chron 25:4).  Nevertheless, the Creator of man could die for His creation which is what the sacrifice of Jesus Christ was about. And Jesus Christ became our intercessor with God the Father because He could go to the Father and bring a perfect sacrifice, being a better sacrifice than all the animals slain during the covenant of Moses or the Mosaic Covenant; or before that from Abel.

Jesus Christ brought Himself as our Creator to be killed and die for the sincerely repented sins of humanity, and in so doing, He became our intermediary, our intercessor: He became our High Priest! He stands between us and God the Father. Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the spiritual New Covenant!

1 Peter 1:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [special] people; that ye should shew forth the praises [in words and deeds of faith] of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Today’s leaders and ministers are not some kind of Mosaic Levites over God’s called out. The Mosaic priests and Levites were only an instructional allegory of the New Covenant priesthood of Melchesidek [Jesus Christ].

The WHOLE BODY of the called out, has been called out to become priests of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:6, 5:10).

Elders are merely elder brothers whose job is to help each one of the brethren to develop and overcome, to learn to become priests and kings. Elders are not to be leading the brethren to follow after themselves and they do not have any authority to bind or loose any part of the Word of God.

In your family do the elder brothers have the right to disannul the words of your father? Of course not; and neither do mere mortal men have the authority to change the teachings of God the Father or any part of the Word of God!

Elders are to be examples of zeal for learning and keeping the whole Word of God and are to be focusing the brethren on the Head of the universe God the Father, and on the High Priest of the New Covenant Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ the High Priest of the New Covenant enters into the presence of God the Father as a perfect sacrifice and High Priest, able to intercede for sinful humanity and pay for PAST sins sincerely repented of. Christ serves God the Father and He serves man. He intercedes between man and God and establishes harmony between God the Father and man. He brings about peace between God and man because He removes the one thing that separates man from God. And that one thing is sin; it is law breaking.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Christ’s sacrifice pays for that law breaking; and if we turn away from that law breaking and sincerely repent of all PAST sin and are sorry enough to stop breaking God’s Word in future, then Jesus Christ will go to God the Father on our behalf and present the Father with His perfect sacrifice paying the penalty which we deserved. And then we shall be cleansed and we shall be brought into a peaceful, perfect, harmonious relationship with God the Father.

This is the function of a high priest, to intercede between God and man. And that is the function of Jesus Christ who has become our High Priest.

Under any high priest, there are other priests to assist him in his ministry.

The priests of the New Covenant are to teach the people what sin is; they are to teach the people to turn away from sin, to stop sinning, to stop breaking the Word of God.

Being priests of the spiritual High Priest of Jesus Christ, is the job that every the New Covenant called out person is in training for; to bring the whole earth to sincere repentance and to teach all humanity the way to godliness under the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ when he comes!

The priests; the priesthood, are teachers to turn all people toward God the Father, to teach them to repent of their sins and cause them to turn away from their commandment breaking, to cause them to turn toward and embrace God the Father with a whole heart, with passionate zeal and enthusiasm. Teaching all men to love, honor, respect, and obey, to live by every Word of God the Father.

Jesus Christ as High Priest of the New Covenant atones for our sin and then he builds a priesthood which is now and especially after the resurrection to spirit; to help teach ALL people to turn away from sin and stop sinning.

This is what Jesus said when He told His disciples:

Matthew 28:19, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations [Teach them what? Teach them to live by every Word of God!], baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you. [What did He command? He commanded us to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4). He said, “go and sin no more” and He told the young man, keep the commandments.] And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

The whole body of the New Covenant called out, is being trained to teach all nations to live by every Word of God.

That is the Gospel, the Good News, that if people stop rejecting God’s Word, if they embrace God with a whole heart; and if they are then baptized into God the Father, which is symbolically washing away past sins repented of and destroying those past sins to rise up a new spiritual person, making a commitment to God; to love Him and to live by every Word of God. Then our sins will be forgiven and the sacrifice of our High Priest, Jesus Christ will be applied to us as he enters into the throne room of God the Father and makes intercession for us applying His sacrifice to us.

That is the Gospel. That is the Good News of Salvation

For what is a kingdom without citizens? And the Kingdom of God will have godly citizens who have turned from their rebellion, turned to embrace God the Father with all their hearts; and they will become good citizens; law abiding citizens which is what a kingdom is all about.

As Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my sheep.” He repeated this a second time, “Feed my sheep.” Then he repeated it a third time. “feed my sheep.” And He was not just talking to Peter. He was talking specifically to Peter because Peter had denied him three times. So, He was emphasizing to Peter “You must feed my sheep.” But the same commandment is true of all the disciples, all of the New Covenant called out are to train to feed His sheep.

Parents are to diligently teach their children and are to discuss the scriptures and sharpen one another in the faith, always thinking and speaking of God and his Ways.

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand [keep them in your deeds] , and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes [always in our minds].

NO man has the authority to loose any part of the whole Word of God; which loosing is rebellion against the Word of Almighty God!

Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

The Gospel is not just some idea of preaching about a coming kingdom. The Gospel is much bigger than that. It is far bigger than that. The Gospel is about obedience to the laws and rules of that coming kingdom and it is about internalizing the very nature of God through living by every Word of God!

It is about providing loyal law abiding citizens for that kingdom; the Gospel is about salvation for humanity!

It is about the sincere repentance of humanity: And even before the repentance of all humanity, comes the repentance of those called out to be first fruits. We need to be fed the unleavened bread of life, every Word of God the Father. We need to be taught how to please God, how to serve God.

We all need to be fed the very Bread of Life which is every Word of God; Jesus Christ in print, and to internalize God’s nature and the attitude of faithful loving passionate living by every Word of God the Father!

And then after the resurrection of first fruits, the chosen will become full priests of the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ, teaching ALL humanity to do likewise and to live by every Word of God.

Today the ministry are only older brothers who are to be the helpers of our joy in encouraging and teaching godliness. It is Jesus Christ who is the High Priest of the New Covenant and is our HEAD, and it is God the Father who is the HEAD of Christ! We are NEVER to depart from any part of the whole Word of God!

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

The Gospel is the gospel of sincere repentance, of turning away from sin. And if we turn away from sin, we will have a place in the Kingdom of God, in the family of God!

To recap, a high priest is an intermediary, an intercessor between the people and God the Father. And His priests, that is the priesthood under the High Priest, are those people who have been called to help the High Priest to teach all the people to serve God, to turn from sin, and to embrace God and live by every Word of God.

In other words, the high priest reconciles the people to God the Father by the application of a sacrifice. While, the lower level priests reconcile the people to God the Father by teaching them to turn away from sin and to turn towards the Father to embrace Him and live by every Word of God.

Why are we commanded to preach repentance when only those the Father calls can respond positively?

Brethren: This is “on the job” training!

By preaching the gospel of sincere repentance NOW; we are learning how to preach it when all the people are humbled and WILL respond positively in the Kingdom of God!

We are being taught now as trainees; so that we will be prepared to teach all of humanity as priests and kings UNDER our High Priest, Jesus Christ!

Right now we are miserable failures at preaching the Gospel; watering it down out of fear to offend, compromising to try and avoid paying the price for that Wonderful Pearl of the Kingdom; and struggling for the pre-eminence instead of just trusting God and going forward teaching sincere repentance and faithful obedience to every Word of Almighty God.

Today we are being allowed to make our mistakes, being allowed to learn through experience: So that we can learn the right Gospel and become prepared and qualified to teach all men as priests of the Most High in the future!

All is not lost! God has allowed us to make our mistakes now, so that we will never repeat those mistakes when the chosen are fully inducted into his priesthood. The best teacher is experience, and we are learning the hard way so that we will remember our lessons for all eternity!

The Master Builder is hard at work training and perfecting his priesthood!

 

The Priesthood of Aaron Restored back to Melchisedec

Jesus Christ becoming a High Priest forever, brings forward a very important question. How could Jesus, being a Jew, a man born of Judah; be a high priest when God through Moses declared that the high priesthood belongs to Aaron and Aaron’s sons which were of Levi? And Jesus Christ was not of Levi, He was of Judah. How could He, Jesus Christ, become a high priest when the high priesthood was given to Aaron?

This is a very important question, very important for the Jews and the Levites because what it does in a sense is to disenfranchise or end the Levitical priesthood. If suddenly Levites or the sons of Aaron are no longer the high priest, no longer the priesthood and there is now a new priesthood, a different priesthood, a priesthood of Judah, then the Levites have lost their position. They have lost the right of the high priesthood. So, this is a very, very important question. This question is the reason why the apostle Paul writes his letter to the Hebrews.

Before beginning in Hebrews, I would like to discuss this matter of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was called a High Priest, or a priest of the Most High God; without beginning of days or end of years, without father or mother. There is more to this Melchizedek than just that. He was a High Priest of the Eternal Father during the days of Abraham. And it is Abraham who paid tithes or a tenth of his wealth to this Melchizedek.

The first thing we need to understand is that the very word Melchizedek means, “He who has the right to rule, he who rules by absolute right.” And that applies to Jesus Christ as our Creator. As our Creator Father, the one who gave up his God-hood to become flesh and then die for the people has absolute authority and an absolute right to rule over humanity.

The next thing is that Melchizedek was a priest in the days of Abraham. This means that he was a priest of God, long before Levi even existed, before Levi’s father even existed. Levi was not yet born, Aaron was not born and Moses was not born.

The Mosaic Covenant had not begun and the covenant of the priesthood of Levi had not begun. Yet Melchizedek was already a priest of the Most High God which means that the priesthood of Melchizedek PREDATES the Levitical priesthood and it predates the Mosaic Covenant. The priesthood of Melchizedek came first. It was the original priesthood.

Now, when the Mosaic Covenant ended; and remember the Mosaic Covenant was a marriage covenant between God the Creator who became Jesus Christ, between Him and Israel, the physical nation. This was a theocratic marriage covenant as Jesus said, I am your husband and you are rebellious and adulterous wife. And therefore later on, He says, I have put away Israel from out of my sight for their whoredoms and their adulteries and their rebellions.

Jesus Christ will put away all those who go a whoring after idols of men and false traditions and false teachings today as well!  Jesus Christ will cast His Ekklesia aside into great tribulation (Rev 3:15) for our refusal of any zeal to keep the whole Word of God today?

These men who teach that they should be followed as the deciders, because they have the authority of God; will shake uncontrollably and stammer before Christ when he comes!

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Are we to be built on the false traditions of men, or are we to be built on the whole Word of God?

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

At Sinai, the people had entered into a covenant with him by saying, “All that the Eternal has spoken, we will do.” And what did the Eternal speak? What did he say? He said, Keep my commandments and live by my Word and I will bless you. I will love you and take care of you. I will watch over you and protect you and provide you with all manner of blessings and lead you into a good land. I will defend you from your enemies and give you all manner of blessings if, this is very important now: If you live by my Word turning neither to the left or the right.

The book of Deuteronomy which we read through every seventh year at the Feast of Tabernacles; is a farewell message from Moses.

Moses warns the people and reminds them to keep God’s commandments if we want to receive God’s blessing. And if we do not live by every Word of God, He will eventually get tired of fighting with us and He will reject us for being a rebellious, faithless adulterous wife.

God worked with Israel. And He forgave and forgave and forgave until they left Him and would not repent following their own traditions instead of being zealous to live by every Word of God and they would not come back and finally even murdered their Husband.

During the past six thousand years, those called to Christ were not married to him but in a state of testing; the marriage of the Lamb takes place at the resurrection of the chosen in the next few years.

He remained a Husband to Israel, even though she was separated from Him because of her sins. Until the day, the hour, the moment, came: when He the Husband, Jesus Christ, died and at that second; when He died, the relationship was finally, completely, totally, irrevocably made null and void. The death of one of the parties to a marriage ends the marriage.

The covenant called the Mosaic Covenant between God and Israel, ended with the death of one of covenanters who was God made flesh. He was her Husband and He was killed. He was dead. And that ended the Mosaic Covenant; every part of the Mosaic Covenant ended with the death of the Husband, including that part called the Levitical priesthood and including that part called the high priesthood of Aaron.

With the ending of the covenant, there was no more Aaronic intercession between the people of the Mosaic Covenant and God. There was nothing for them to intercede for; because there was no longer any Mosaic Covenant.

The covenant was over: It ended. And the Aaronic intercessor’s job was ended. So, the priesthood of Aaron was over and finished and the priesthood of Levi, that is the priesthood under the high priesthood of Aaron, also ended with the death of Jesus Christ.

The end of the Mosaic Covenant meant the END OF THE PRIESTHOOD OF AARON.

The priesthood then reverted back to Melchizedek [Jesus Christ]; the very spirit  high priest who walked and talked with Abraham!

The whole book of Deuteronomy is a warning from Moses for the nation to keep its covenant with God and a warning that that COVENANT WOULD END, if the people refused to keep its provisions and obey their husband.

Later on Jeremiah was inspired to prophecy that the Mosaic Covenant would end to make way for a new and better covenant.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Jeremiah then goes on to quote God (Christ) as saying:

Jeremiah 31:34: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 31:35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 31:37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

In saying this, God declared that the Old, Mosaic Covenant; must pass away to make room for a New Covenant that would be an ETERNAL AND PERMANENT COVENANT.

This New Covenant being a BETTER COVENANT with better promises and granting to the people the ABILITY to keep this Covenant through the Holy Spirit.

The people had failed to keep the Mosaic Covenant will ultimately be called into a New Covenant and will be given the enabling power of God’s Spirit to allow them to keep the New Covenant!

A New Covenant spiritual Israel, a spiritual Judah, made up of people called out of every race into a New Covenant is being created by God and empowered to live by every Word of God through the Spirit of God.

Eventually this New Covenant calling to a spiritual Israel, will have BOTH physical Israel and all the Gentile nations grafted into it which is the coming Kingdom of God! All humanity will ultimately be brought into spiritual Israel!

The priesthood of Levi, of Aaron, the priesthood of the Mosaic Covenant ended with the end of the Mosaic Covenant. And the priesthood therefore reverted back to the priesthood of Melchizedek, who was priest during the days of Abraham.

Jesus Christ [Melchizedek] was a high priest by right. He had the right to be the priest of God before Aaron existed, and Jesus Christ has the right to be the New Covenant high priest of God.

He has the right to be the High Priest of God because He has brought unto God the Father His own self as a perfect sacrifice; having overcome all evil and given Himself for His creation. Therefore He can enter unto God the Father, into the Father’s throne room to make intercession for humanity. And in so doing, He performs the function of a high priest; and because He has an absolute right to do this, He fulfills the function of Melchizedek. That is, Melchizedek had the right, the absolute right, the unchallengeable right to his office as they very Creator before Aaron, and the risen Jesus Christ has the same right because he gave his life for his creation.

Melchizedek’s priesthood existed before the Mosaic covenant and before Aaron’s priesthood, the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ existed before the Aaronic priesthood, and God later established a physical priesthood of Aaron as an object lesson to teach us about the spiritual High Priesthood of Jesus Christ. The Aaronic priesthood was only an instructive allegory of the spiritual priesthood of the New Covenant of the High Priest Jesus Christ!

And it was only natural; that when the allegorical Levitical priesthood ended; that the previous true spiritual priesthood of Melchizedek [Jesus Christ] be renewed.

We are ready to begin studying the book of Hebrews.

We are promised that we shall become kings and priests of God and rule on the earth for a thousand years. But that is only the beginning, a thousand years later the great harvest of mankind will begin and all the masses of humanity who have ever lived and died never having known anything of God, will have to be taught in that seven thousand year period called the Feast of Tabernacles; and there will be a priesthood then as well.

Priests and kings, the resurrected saints will be there to teach and rule these people, teaching them to live by every Word of God. It is very important if we want to be kings and priests that we prepare ourselves, that we think about these things and that we meditate day and night on the Word of God.

David was prepared to be a king over Israel, and part of his preparation was a study of the law, a study of the Word of God. And part of our preparation should be a very careful study of and a deep meditation on the whole Word of God and on the duties and functions of the priesthood and of being a king.

We need to start preparing ourselves. We need to get ready because the day is soon coming. And if we are not ready, if we are not over-comers, and if we are not properly prepared; we may have been called, but we will not be chosen for that kind of a responsibility.

To be a king or a priest is an incredibly responsible position and it requires people who are knowledgeable and responsible and who have the character of God and an understanding of the laws of the kingdom. And if we don’t study those things, we are not properly preparing ourselves.

It is the job of the ministry to prepare the people. Quite honestly, today’s ministry has not done their job.

It is up to us to prepare ourselves starting by putting God first, putting His Word first, and then thoroughly studying God’s Word, and continually meditating upon the things of God and a continual request for Him that He would give us His Spirit and give his wisdom and understanding to us as we diligently study and work to live by every Word of God.

We need to prepare ourselves. This is not some kind of a game. This is not some sort of a daydream, like a little two-year old dreaming of being a doctor and figuring all he has to do is pick up a stethoscope. There is preparation involved. There is hard work and effort involved.

If you want an office of responsibility, you must be willing to pay your dues and work at preparing yourself.

 

Hebrews 1

Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”

God the Father made not just the earth but all the worlds, by and through the Son. The Son was the Implementing Creator of all things and He did His creating by the Executive Authority of God the Father.

1:3 Who [the one who became Jesus Christ: Hebrew Yeshua] being the [was resurrected back to his original glory] brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person [being in full unity with God the Father], and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he has himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

The Son purged all sincerely repented sins by his faithful sinless life and atoning sacrifice, and having been resurrected now sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven as our High Priest [See the Wave Offering articles]. The Son was the express image [being one in full unity with God] of God the Father, being like the Father, as He said at His last Passover, If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.

1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they,

By his faithful obedience and service to God the Father, Jesus was worthy to be resurrected back to spirit and obtained a more excellent reputation or a more excellent family name, than the angels.

1:5 “For unto which of the angels said he, that is the Father, at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten thee? 1:6 And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son. And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 1:7 And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 1:8 But unto the Son he says, Thy throne, O God [The resurrected Jesus Christ would again be called God, after was resurrected back to his former position as a part of the YHVH [the eternal spirit] family that he had given up to be made flesh.], is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.”

1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness [righteousness is the whole Word of God], and hated iniquity [hated any departure from any part of the whole Word of God]; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.

This is a direct statement that: You Lord, that is Jesus Christ; in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Whose hands? The hands of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, he did pre-exist His human birth. Yes, he did exist before he gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and dwell among men.

Anyone who says that Jesus was a creation of God the Father at the time of His conception is ignorant of the writings of the apostle Paul. For Paul writes:

1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

No, Jesus Christ was not created at the moment of his conception. He was in fact the Creator of all things. And no, he was not the angel Michael before his human birth as some would claim.

He was God the Implementing Creator [under God the Father, the Executive Creator] who gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and being the Creator God, his sacrifice could then atone for all of humanity.

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