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Hebrews 5

Hebrews 5

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

The job of a high priest is to offer sacrifices for sins, to intercede with God for the people, to bring us into harmony with God by offering atonement for our sins, to be a mediator between mankind and God the Father.

5:2 Who can have compassion, [that is, a high priest should have compassion] on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Because a human high priest is subject to the same things as all people, he understands the human condition. Because the human high priest also has temptations and sins he must offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the sins of the people.

5:3 And by reason hereof [because he has sinned, a physical high priest must also offer for his own sins] he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God [every high priest and true servant of God is personally called by God], as was Aaron. 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

A high priest is called of God, he does not appoint himself. He is appointed by God to make offerings for our sins. And because the high priest, taken from among men is himself subject to sin, he must also offer atonement for his own sins.

Jesus Christ being without sin, had no need to offer any atonement for his own sins, but offered HIMSELF as a perfect sinless offering for the people!

When Christ gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and then gave his life for the people in obedience to God the Father; because his life had been perfect and without sin, he was raised up by God the Father back to the glory which he had had before as a spirit with eternal life; and was called by God the Father to be a High Priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.

5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 5:7 Who in the days of his [Christ’s] flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.

The Being who became the Son respected and obeyed God the Father right up to and including dying for the people, according to God the Father’s will.

The prayers of Christ were heard by the Father because Jesus Christ obeyed God the Father.

God the Father, because the Son had obeyed Him to the physical death; raised Christ up to eternal life and made him our High Priest to intercede with the Father for the sincerely repentant.

1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

The called out have also been called to be priests of God the Father [under our High Priest Jesus Christ] and it behooves us to be faithful to God the Father just as Christ was; pure and without any sin!

Therefore once the sacrifice of the Lamb of God has been applied to us after our sincere repentance and our commitment to “Sin No More,” we are to fight with the power of the ultimate overcomer, Jesus Christ; to overcome all sin and to grow towards the purity and holiness of God.

That does not mean that Jesus overlooks our sin as some say! It means that if we seek out his deliverance, he will grant us the Holy Spirit of power to overcome our sin!

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son [Jesus Christ] he learned obedience by the things which he suffered; 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec

Yes, Christ feared, He respected, He trusted, He obeyed God the Father!

He lived by every Word of God Father and we must also obey God the Father and Jesus Christ, who commanded us to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

5:11 Of whom [Melchisedec] we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

Most of today’s church leaders and elders are full of pride and will not listen to anyone; yet they know very little as they ought to know it, and are not even able to bear the skim milk of the Word.

5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need [who lack and need even the milk of the Word] of milk, and not of strong meat.

Most of today’s church leaders and elders have no understanding of the strong meat of sound doctrine and reject even the milk, in favor of following the false traditions of their idols of men.

We see this in their many false teachings and their refusal to stop falsely teaching that the Rabbinic Calendar was used by Christ for the Biblical Festivals, when it was not even finalized with its postponements until 1178 A.D. They reject truth to cling to lies.

5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

People who are full of God’s Spirit, who are mature in the faith and in the things of God, should be able to discern between the Holy and the profane, between good and evil, between truth and falsehood, between right and wrong.

That is the purpose of God’s Spirit; which is to lead us to God and to show us what is right and what is wrong as defined by the Word of God.

What we think is right or wrong is meaningless because we lack the wisdom of God; whatever God says is right, is truly right; and whatever God says is wrong, is truly wrong.

God has the experience and the wisdom to know the difference. And we, by using that Spirit and diligently keeping the whole Word of God will begin to acquire the wisdom of godliness.

The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth. It lead’s us into all truth. The Spirit will guide us into all truth and therefore it will lead us into the wisdom of God.

How then do we know which spirit is of God and which spirit is not of God?

The spirit or person that admits that Christ is dwelling in us, and that in us Jesus Christ will be doing what he has always done, living by every Word of God and empowering us to also keep the whole Word of God; is the Holy Spirit of God.

Any spirit that says that Jesus understands and will overlook our sins, or teaches that God gives grace [mercy] to those who do not STOP sinning, or who compromise with any part of the whole Word of God to follow idols of men and cleave to false traditions: is of Satan the Devil!

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Now, of course we are very young and God has had billions and trillions of years to acquire His wisdom, so we are not going to get it all in a day or in a human lifetime. But we can get a start on it. And the very basic foundation is quite simple; if we do what we think is right, that is self-righteousness.

Self-righteousness means being righteous in our own eyes; it means doing what we think is right, or being filled with personal pride, as most of today’s Ekklesia leaders are, rejecting truth in order to cling to error!

True, godly righteousness is doing what God says is right. It is living by every Word of God in a godly humility.

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