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The Son of God -- our high priest

Since man fell in the garden, under the instruction of God, man needed to sacrifice for his sins to be covered. But there was something else man needed, a mediator. throughout the Old Testament we find this concept as the sacrifices were offered by the head of the family.  Abraham’s time most believe took place in the same time era as Job.  The priest was the Father, or the oldest in the family line.  As the family grew to be a tribe, the head came to be the king as well as the priest, and ruled as the priest/king of their tribe. We see this in Job who would make sacrifices for his family so their sins would be covered and have grace from God. Later on when God called the nation Israel He gave them a high priest to be a mediator for the people and we see this being more developed, becoming a specific priesthood, the Levitical priests for the nation of Israel.

Within the cults and religions they put sinful men or anything other than Christ as their mediator and cut the people off from having a relationship with God. For the Bible says there is only one mediator!

When the mediatorship is understood it destroys the teaching of the Jehovah’s Witnesses: who say that Christ is the mediator for only the 144,000 and he is an angel called Michael. So Jesus (who is the son of God) is not the mediator for the Jehovah’s Witnesses but Michael is, for certain ones of which there are less than 8,000 alive today. Therefore they are not in the new covenant and forgiven. They have an angel a created being, not an eternal being who is a priest.

It destroys the Mormons concept about Joseph Smiths “no man who rejects the testimony of Joseph Smith can enter the kingdom (doctrines of salvation vol.1 p.190). The whole Mormon church structure is of a current living prophet’ who supersedes the former prophets of the Bible. But the Biblical principle is not that any prophet can cancel what another says, but builds on the other giving more revelation to what was already said without contradicting him.

Christian Science does not believe in sin so they certainly do not need a mediator! Freemasonry has a worshipful master as their mediator. While there are some Christians mistakenly are involved in this religion, we find the Masonic Ritual of the first, second, and third degrees do not instruct members that Jesus is the only mediator. Freemasonry declares that its Deity, called the “Great Architect of the Universe,” is able to be worshipped by all men; Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Christians, with no conflict. Religions such as Islam and Bahai do not have a mediator, for they believe they can approach God without one on their own merits.

We find today in Judaism the Tsaddics are ones who is the bridge between man and God. But in all these they fail to recognize that there can be only one qualified for this position.

For the Catholics the Pope is the mediator as he is called the vicar or one in place of Christ on earth. Jesus left no sinful man in charge like this, not Peter, nor any after him. Neither can one have the Eucharist to be their mediator today for it is not the real event but only a reminder of it no matter what you may attribute to it. To trust in this sacrament leaves one outside faith in the cross; that Christ died once and for all.

Those who sever you from the one mediator are all the churches that teach you must join and become a member of them to be saved. The apostle John mentions the Nicolaitans who were like mediators, they made a two-caste system in Christianity- the laity and those who ruled over them by heavy shepherding.

So we must understand the biblical concept of a mediator lest we replace the only true mediator with another intentionally or not. For the correct mediator is crucial to our relationship to God. Without Him we are still separated and unacceptable to our maker. The mediator for all practical purposes was to show that God is separate from sinful humanity, he is Holy and mankind is not holy and needs someone who can bridge the gap.

The philosopher Plato said what we need is God to become one of us but we would crucify him. An insightful statement from a philosopher of human nature.

It was ancient Job who cried out for a mediator in the midst of his suffering. Job 9:32-33: “For He is not a man, as I am, That I may answer Him, And that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hand on us both.” Job asked for one who could bridge the holy one and himself into reconciliation.

He questioned “If there is a messenger for him, A mediator, one among a thousand, To show man His uprightness Then He is gracious to him, and says,' Deliver him from going down to the Pit”  (Job 33:23).

While Job looked for a mediator for himself, he became one for his friends who gave him the wrong counsel through his suffering. For God called Job righteous and he had a mediator. Job 42:7-8 “They took seven bulls and seven rams, to Job, offering up a burnt offering; “and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” Job becomes a type of Christ as he went through the greatest suffering allowed by the Father in the Old Testament. In the end Job got double what he had before. In the end Christ will get double, both Jews and Gentiles.

Job’s wondering if a messenger was made known? There was to Israel; a messenger who was commissioned by another who is God. Ex.23:20-22: “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.: Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for My name is in Him. This same messenger called the angel of the Lord Zechariah describes in 3:1-10: “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before The Angel of the LORD (Yahweh), and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan.” Zechariah sees an angel who is called Yahweh defending Joshua the high priest before the accusations of Satan. In v.4 The angel says he has removed Joshua’s iniquity, something only God can do. In two accounts we have the Angel of the Lord as Yahweh, acting as a defense attorney (In the New Testament 1 Jn.2:1 Jesus the righteous one is our advocate to the Father Heb.7:25). The messenger of the Lord being Jesus, the Son of God throughout the whole Old Testament.

Because of the new agenda of unity with all that is called the church (ecumenism), and even those who are not (interfaith) it has reduced many key doctrines to their lowest common denominator. By doing this we can find common ground with those who may call themselves Christian (or not) when in fact they are not. If the Son of God is not kept in the Jewish context it will lead us to be united with the cults and other religions who have stripped Christ of His deity. We do not unite on Christ being a prophet, (Like Islam) or a great man,  a teacher, another light bearer in the long line of prophets (Like Bahai) but the one true God who became man.  Nor do we unite with those who call him the son of God and mean something else other than deity. 

People misunderstand what the phrase Son of God meant in ancient Judaism. Mark starts his gospel off by stating “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (Mk. 1:1) The angel Gabriel announced to Mary “that Holy one which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Lk.1:30,35). In the Old Testament the term Son of was used in this manner. “ Sons of the prophets” (1 Kings 20:35) “ Sons of the singers” (Neh.12:28) Meaning of like nature (of the same order, or characteristic) as the title it is attached to. In the New Testament Jesus uses this phrase for the disciples James and John, calling them Sons of thunder, meaning they have a nature that is quick to judge.

Jesus called himself the Son of God on many occasions when the Pharisee’s asked, Are you then the Son of God?” And He said unto them, You rightly say I am.” Undoubtedly this meant something different than a common son, as the Pharisees would also consider themselves sons. After the resurrection Paul preached Christ in, the synagogues saying, “He is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). why? what is the point of saying this if it is applied to every person. The whole New Testament declares that Jesus is the Son of God. Certainly this must mean something other than a son in a natural sense, otherwise what kind of message would this be; “believe in the human man.”

When the Pharisee’s asked in Lk.22:67-70: “Art thou the Christ tell us? Jesus responded. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God” Then they all said, “Are you then the Son of God?” Here Jesus is declaring he is the fulfillment of the Psalm, Deity in humanity. They understood the position he applied to himself, to be at the right hand was related to the Son of Man of Daniel’s revelation; it meant the Son of Man was the eternal one, the Son of God. (Micah 5:2; Prov.3:4)

Ps 110:1 “The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” (the word is adoni a form of Adon #113 'adown (shortened, 'adon). Ps.110:1 is quoted in Heb.1:13 as it is the Father who says to the Son “sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.” Notice I will make Your enemies; whose enemies, God's enemies. This is the same throne mentioned in Heb.1:8 the Father speaking,” But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O’ God is forever and ever.” The point is not only showing he is superior but that as the Son he is pre-existent as the whole New Testament teaches. Both the Father and the Son exist simultaneously together.

Jesus asks this question to those who did not understand who he was as the son, Mark 12:36-37 “For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: 'The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” '“Therefore David himself calls Him 'Lord'; how is He then his Son?” And the common people heard Him gladly.” The common people understood it meant him, the leaders were unable to answer him. Nor is there any way of answering the question but by the admission that the Messiah was divine as well as human. If he was then David's lord as the Scripture teaches (and his superior)- he had an existence at that time. The question that needs an answer: how did David say this truthfully in the Old Testament if the Son did not exist?

What does the word lord mean in this scripture? [The Lord (Yahweh (OT:3068), Jehovah) said unto my Lord, (la-'Adoniy (OT:113) NT:2962 kurios from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Mr. (as a respectful title).

This same word is also used in: Ps.114:7 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” Ps. 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; his understanding is infinite.” Ps. 8:10 “LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who set Your glory above the heavens!” Isa. 1:24 “Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies.” (reminiscent of making his enemies his footstool). Deut 10:17 “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords”

The Hebrew word used is [136] 'Adonay (ad-o-noy');am emphatic form of 113; the Lord (used as a proper name of God only).

The Son of God became the Son of Man. These are different descriptions of His two natures dwelling in the one person. The term “Son of Man” describes him as true humanity. It also has the connotation of more than a man as Daniel applies the term to the Messiah who has dominion a kingdom and glory. Therefore, the Son of God refers to the order of eternity, and the Son of Man refers to the order of time. In Judaism, for one to be called the Son of God meant that he had the same nature as his Father. It made him unique separating him from the rest of humanity. God is His Father from eternity past, He being the Son of eternal generation as stated in Jn.1:14,18 is not begotten in time but always enjoying fellowship with the Father.

That name Jesus (Yeshua) means in Hebrew Yahweh is Savior. The New Testament tells us the Son is the savior. Yet the Old Testament tells us only God is the savior. 1 Jn.4:15: “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides with him.” Does one believe He is only a man having God's spirit? No! The confession is, that He is Yahweh, as Paul states in Rom.10:9. John states, “But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name” (Jn:20:31).  For one to have the life that the Son offers they must believe Jesus is the Son in the correct manner. It is not just saying the phrase but understanding what it means. If one thinks this means only his humanity, then the spirit has not yet revealed to them who Jesus actually is.

So we have Jesus called the son of God, Lord, and savior. But he is also functions in the most important position, a high priest. The concept of a mediator starts with the high priest in the Old Testament. This priesthood began with Moses and the giving of the law. The high priests were selected. High priests who performed the atoning sacrifice on the Day of Atonement were required to be descendants of Aaron. God chose one family to act as priests, the family of Aaron, the Levites. The book of Leviticus is written instructions for the “levitical” priests on how to perform their service. The priest was absolutely necessary for ones relationship with God because of the Holiness of God. These men were chosen by God for the office as mediators. The priest was an intercessor between man and God. God ordained that certain men who were ritually cleansed in a special way should approach him on behalf of the people. They went into the holy of holies once a year to sacrifice for the nation of Israel sprinkling the blood on the mercy seat so they would not be judged for their sins. On the Day of Atonement the high priest went inside the Holy of Holies twice, once for himself and once for the people. The priests were in the role of a mediator, Levitical priests were not paid a salary for their work but received a percentage of the meat and grain offering.

Jesus was priest of the Melchizedek order which was higher and had a greater standard. Selection of the high priest was validated at his baptism when the Father spoke from heaven saying “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” He entered the ministry by a mikveh as all the priests did, The Levitical Law required that all priests were to be consecrated when they began their ministry at about 30 years of age (2 Sam 5:4; Num. 4:3, Num. 4;Ex.29:4-7; Lev. 8:6-30; Luke 3:23) we see the priestly ministry of Jesus as he prayed constantly for everything he was to do.

The greater priesthood the author of Hebrews identifies being the ministry of the Son as “the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (5:9-11). This Son is called by God the high priest of the order of Melchizedek which never ends. In Heb.7:15 the author states “And it is far more evident, if in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of the fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.” Here is the comparison of the second priest to the first that Abraham encountered. Another who is like the first in office but a permanent replacement, functioning forever in this priesthood. The former in relation to the fleshly commandments, the later related to an endless life. A priest who must be a man but more than a man to continue eternally.

There were three offices of rulership that guided Israel in the Old Testament prophet, priest and King. These were all types of the eternal one. Jesus holds to all three offices eternally but He currently functions in them Chronologically. He came as a prophet (Jn.4:44), He was announced as King in his first coming but was rejected (Mt.12:22-45). Today he is currently holding the office and functioning as the high priest (Heb.5:6,10). A thick curtain separated the holy of holies from the Holy place. In the holy of holies is where the shekinah glory, God’s presence would dwell. Only one man had access to God’s presence, the high priest. This was only on one day of the whole year, on the day of atonement. When Christ died the veil was rent immediately from the top to the bottom signifying by the death of Christ access is now available to all. The first thing Jesus did after He died was go to the temple and rip the veil. Only the high priest could go behind the veil, Jesus did not immediately go where other men’s spirits are gathered after he died, but did what he came to do, give man immediate access to God through Him. As Heb 10:20-22 states we have a “new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God.” The veil in the old temple was ripped to show us that he is the way.

After Jesus sacrificed his life and was resurrected, He functions as the believers eternal high priest, “according to the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:5-10; 6:19-20). Jesus is the eternal Son who died only once and resurrected continuing in his priesthood forever in his body (based on an endless life). Rev. 1:18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.” It was the Father who exalted the Son to His proper position after His resurrection and put all authority that he had put aside before the incarnation back into His hands.

Matt 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

“All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”(Luke 10:22)

In Jn.14:2, Jesus said He is going to heaven to His Fathers house. Jesus returned to the Father sitting down, showing that His work He was sent to earth to do was accomplished and completed. (Jn.14:28, 16:16,17, 20:17). Heb.1:3 He, “sat down at the right hand of majesty.” There is now a man (who is God in human flesh glorified) at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 2:32-35; Heb.10:12; Eph.1:20; 1 Pt. 3:22.)

Because of His exaltation and new position He is able to send the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33; Jn. 7:39), He is able to give spiritual gifts to the Church (Eph.4:7-11).

Ps.110 No king was allowed to be a priest at the same time. He could be a prophet but not a priest. the type that was found in the Old Testament was fulfilled permanently in the New testament. Yet Jesus who is our king (and prophet and apostle) is a priest forever and the Fathers only son. Ps.2:6-7. No prophet or high priest was called God’s son, much less God’s only son Heb.7:1. Jesus holds to all three offices eternally but He functions in them Chronologically. He came as a prophet (Jn.4:44), today he is currently holding the office and functioning as the high priest (Heb.5:6,10). He was announced as King in his first coming but was rejected (Mt.12:22-45). At his second coming He will be rule as King of all kings (Isa.9:6).

God the Father has always had a mediator between Himself and man. He did in the Old Testament and does in the New Testament. John reveals to us in Scripture that this Word is a metaphor for a divine person, the Son, and the Son has come into the world to reveal another person, the Father.

The high priest becomes “the way” in the New Testament. Jesus is from the tribe of Judah. The tabernacle in the wilderness had only one way in, through the tribe of Judah. Jesus said Jn.14:6: “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The mediator of the New testament is the God/man who is able to bridge both parties in reconciliation. There is no true knowledge of God without it being obtained through his Son as John 1:18 tells us, the Son has made Him known. We can know the love of God through the sacrifice of the son for sinners.

Christ's manifestation in the flesh was to take away (by one act) entirely all sins, past. Present and future. Jesus fulfilled several motifs, the scapegoat, the Passover lamb the freewill offering etc. Jesus came to “take away our sins” but only one who has no sin is qualified to do this. He must be an eternal being to remove the sin of people of all time past present and future.

The blood that was shed was precious blood compared it to the high priests sacrifice. If Jesus were “only” man, this would not be so. There is only one who can guarantee it’s benefits, one that is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” (Hebrews 7:26), He becomes the mediator of the New Covenant (7:22-28). We are purchased by blood that is sinless, Isaiah 53:6 says “the Lord laid our iniquity “ON” Him” and “in him, THERE IS NO SIN” (1 John 3:5).

This is reason God who is the Son became a man, but He came certain way through the virgin birth bypassing the normal means used to create a man without the nature of sin.

This is a perfect priesthood continuing forever, unlike the old which changed, this is administered by the eternal Son of God to all who are in the house of God (Heb.9:15-10:21).

God will always set up stipulations in the covenant that we are to agree with, but it is He alone who writes it and keeps it. The new covenant is written in the name of our high priest and it came into effect when he died. No previous covenant was ever written by a high priest.

Heb. 8:6-10 “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

The new covenant is based on the blood of the Son of God, not animals. Heb. 12:24 “to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Why is it better than Abel’s? Because Abel was murdered, he did not die for others. abels cried out from the ground, Jesus blood saves from the cross. The scripture says Jesus’ blood was pure, sinless and undefiled. As with the Old Testament high priests who brought sacrifices, this high priest brought a sacrifice, Himself. Notice it was almost 2,000 years ago and still continues today. Why? Because it was a perfect sacrifice unblemished, without sin. God’s infinite life more than equals the sum total of all the lives; so Jesus could pay for all our sins for all time. God had to wait to confer the eternal priesthood on Christ Jesus. Christ being the true high priest and the temple made without hands was broken so we may freely enter into the Holy of Holies.

It is not just a perfect human atoning for all the sins of mankind past, present and future. If He was only a human it could only have finite value. He would not be able to save today, and his death would only be applied to those living at his time, much like the animal sacrifices. There would have to be other men to die for sins afterwards. The Bible states He died for all our sins past, present and future. This could not be possible unless He is the eternal God! So unlike the Old Testament sacrifices in which could never take away sins, the sacrifice only had to be done once. As God, the Son’s death had infinite value and His priesthood is an eternal one, because the one who came to die was an eternal being in a human body.

Look at Gen. 14:17-20. 17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the other kings, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh. V.18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Melchizedek means King of righteousness, his name consists of two words, Melek-King, Zedek-Righteousness. This person was also known as the King of Salem, meaning king of peace, a title given to a historical person that was living in Abraham’s time.  The writer of Hebrews concurs. Heb 7:1 “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him”

Here we see an Old Testament priest named Melchizedek in about 2000 BC. Yet the Levitical priesthood was not established for at least 500 years after this in the 1400's BC. Obviously, this man must have been a priest in some ancient order other than the levitical priestly order. He brings bread and wine to Abraham who is the source of the Jewish people and blessing to all mankind.  Melchezedek is a earthly priest, prophet and king who gave communion symbols to Abraham the father of many, foretelling of the true eternal priest, prophet and king who was to come. This is a prophecy of the future priest who would represent the Passover and make it communion for the church, for both Jews and gentiles. According to Mosaic law Jesus lacked the one of the requirements for priesthood. He was not from the tribe of Levi but from the tribe of Judah. (Heb. 7:13,14.) The author of Hebrews contrasts the two priesthood’s; Jesus serves as a priest not from the tribe of Levi but of Judah (Hebrews 7:14;8:4), which is unheard of. Jesus was a different type of priest, one not just to the Jewish people only, but to the whole world. Only one man, Jesus Christ has the position of a priest in the order of the Melchizedek priesthood. What was a type in the Old Testament becomes a permanent position in the New Testament.

In Heb. 7 we see that he is “without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever,” referring to Psalms 110 where we see Messiah is a priest forever. God had this priesthood hidden while he formed the Mosaic system, but it was never intended to continue or be the final solution to sin, but was only a temporary law until the messiah who was the eternal priest would come. He came through a woman (Gal.4:4), because all priests were called from among men. There is no priest for the angels who sinned, because there is no redemption for them. If there were a priest he would need to be one from the same species.

  Heb.7:12 says “When the Priesthood is changed, there takes place a change of law also.” Once the New Testament covenant was in effect the Jewish priesthood and its temple rituals would be passé (Heb.8:13). That’s how powerful Jesus’ sacrifice was, it made all the others obsolete. Faith in Christ’s sacrifice replace the Old Testament sacrifices and the covenant base upon faith and works was replaced with salvation by God’s grace through faith in the Son of God’s sacrifice. This is why the author of Hebrews rebuked the Jewish believers who wanted to go back to the old sacrificial systems, it meant that they doubted Jesus' sacrifice was sufficient!

Isa. 53:12 “because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

1 Tim.2:5: “For their is one God, and one mediator between God and man, THE MAN Christ Jesus.” Those who deny God came in the flesh such as Iglesia ni Cristo and Jehovah’s Witnesses etc. claim He is only a man is the mediator so He can’t be God. They believe that Jesus is the Son of God, not God the Son. These arguments come from those who do not believe Jesus can be God or that the Son of God means He is God as the Son. The flaw of their beginning premise annuls the very purpose that God became a man, for our reconciliation. What made Jesus sinless? Being God by nature He is sinless, this is not something he became but is, so it is not just His humanity that redeemed us or mediates now. He is an acceptable mediator (priest) because he shares in our humanity just as he shares in the nature of God. Paul is not separating Christ from being the God/man? He’s upholding the doctrine of God coming in the flesh, and the doctrine of the resurrection, that Jesus took the same body He took in the incarnation, glorified it and went to heaven. When 1 Tim 2:5 speaks of a mediator when we read the next verse it is not about intercession only but “who gave himself a ransom for all” this is the mediatorship, his dying for sin. Because of this, Christ is given all authority and is a mediator in prayer for all believers, and holds the universe together by the word of His power. No man or angel has this ability or position.

If he is only a man how can he pray and intercede for everyone. Can a mere man hear all our prayers at he same time, can he pray for everyone, Can he answer all our prayers? “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25). 1 Pt.3:22: “Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having made subject to Him.” If he is only a man, then the ruling of the universe is now in a human’s hands and not God’s.

He is called an eternal priest and his mediatorship continues. No man was ever an eternal priest. The Word “unchangeable” is “aparabatos” in the Greek (in the Strong's Concordance, #531) which actually translates “untransferable” or “which passeth not from one to another.” After His resurrection Jesus would no longer administer on earth as other priests, but he moves to a heavenly priesthood. His is a priesthood for all time. Anyone intending to approach God must do so through Him alone. The Old Testament priesthood was rendered inoperable by the new covenant.

Just as Christ mediates for men other than himself to the Father. Jesus is both man and God, two natures in one person, able to mediate both parties. Otherwise He cannot represent both, he would be no different than the priests of the Old Testament. From Aaron onward, each high priest died and was replaced by a successor; but Jesus in the eternal priesthood died and resurrected. “Through Christ (his mediation) we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access to the Father, by one Spirit”(Eph.2:18). Christ is the means the Spirit is the agency and the object is the Father. This is why the Melchizedik priesthood is superior as it is for both Jews and gentiles while the Levitical priesthood was specifically for the Jews and it centered around the tabernacle and temple on earth.

A mediator is a go between two parties that need reconciliation since one party is of the order of eternity, the other the order of humanity, He must continue to exist as both for any reconciliation. He must be able to perfectly represent each side, which means He continues as God in the same resurrected body. When it says a man is our mediator it is not excluding him as he came in the incarnation as the God / man. Is it acceptable to say he is only mediating with only A HUMAN NATURE? No, He is the Son of God in the heavens as well as on the earth. Heb.4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” The mediatorial function is tied with the New Covenant, which it is dependent on the God/man accomplishing salvation and distributing the benefits of it for those who enter into the Covenant.

The mediatorial roles insist that there is another person who is God, for it to function. Heb.5:6: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, who in the days of His flesh...though he was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things He suffered and having been perfected He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” To function as an eternal priest in an eternal priesthood proves him to be more than man, but the God/man. 1 Jn.4:15: “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is THE SON OF GOD, God dwelleth in him and he in God.” Notice it states that if we confess this, God indwells us, yet we are to believe from those who deny the deity of Christ that God does not dwell in his Son. Are we superior to Jesus? Of course not, 1 Cor.5:21: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” Col.2:9 “For in him dwells (lives) the fullness of the Godhead (deity) bodily” (bodily form). All that makes God who He is, is to be found in Jesus. That deity has a permanent home in Christ in bodily fashion just as it did on earth. For in him dwells (lives Greek katoikeo, meaning to house permanently.) is a present tense verb, which means a continuing action. This means deity permanently resides in his body even in heaven. But he is not limited by a body.

The Son of God who lowered Himself voluntarily took upon Himself the form of a servant by coming in human form acted on behalf of the people He came to represent. At no time did He forfeit His deity before during or afterward. “In all things He had to be made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in all things pertaining to God.”(Heb.2:17) Who was made like His brethren? His humanity, as God took on human flesh. “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, (Heb.5:6) To function as an eternal priest in an eternal priesthood, proves Him to be the eternal God/man. 1 Jn.2:1: “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Jesus is our advocate to the Father. An advocate means someone who acts as a defense lawyer and pleads our case to another authority. We need this when we transgress and sin.

John 1:3-4 Through him (the Son) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” This life he gives to all who enter into the new covenant by the death of Jesus (the gospel). 1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”


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