11So if the priesthood of Levi, on which the law was based, could have achieved the perfection God intended, why did God need to establish a different priesthood, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron? 12And if the priesthood is changed, the law must also be changed to permit it. 13For the priest we are talking about belongs to a different tribe, whose members have never served at the altar as priests. 14What I mean is, our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, and Moses never mentioned priests coming from that tribe. 15This change has been made very clear since a different priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. 16Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed.
17And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 18Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. 19For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. 20This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants became priests without such an oath, 21but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to him, “The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: ‘You are a priest forever.’” 22Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God.
23There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. 24But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. 25Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. 26He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honour in heaven. 27Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. 28The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.Hebrews 7:11-28
It’s a no brainer, isn’t it? When Jesus was declared the Great High Priest forever under oath, the new priestly system was perfected and made complete. I don’t see that I need to make any more comment. I think this passage is clear enough to understand already. There are no explanations needed or difficult grammar which needs explanation, nor any hidden meanings among the words we have here. This is the shortest Gem on record; I will let the Scripture speak for Itself. No more comment is needed but I have coloured the text to help your understanding.
Jesus is now the Great High Priest, The Word of Righteousness, the Intercessor and the Sacrifice.Ian
It reminds me of the saying of someone being judge, jury and executioner. It’s a done deal. You can’t wriggle out of it.Ian
Just like without Jesus, you can’t wriggle into heaven; He is the only door. (Acts 4:12)Ian
Jesus is NOT my crutch – I’m FAR MORE DEPENDENT on Him than that! I can’t even guarantee my next breath without God’s grace.Rick Warren