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Hebrews 6:20

Nov 9, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  11 Comments

Friday, 9 November 2018

…where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20

The translation of the KJV, followed here by the NKJV, does not convey the sense of the Greek. Note the difference:

Lacking: …where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus.

Correct: …where, as forerunner, Jesus entered for us.

Vincent’s Word Studies explains the change: “The Levitical high priest did not enter the sanctuary as a forerunner, but only as the people’s representative. He entered a place into which none might follow him; in the people’s stead, and not as their pioneer. The peculiarity of the new economy is that Christ as high priest goes nowhere where his people cannot follow him. He introduces man into full fellowship with God. … Comp. Hebrews 10:19.”

With this slight, but important change noted, the verse can be more properly explained. In the previous verse, it was explained that the hope of the believer is as an anchor for the soul. The hope is in the truth that God cannot lie. Thus, when God speaks out the words concerning the promise which is found in Christ, the “hope” is actually – and in its fullest sense – Jesus. It is what He has done on our behalf, and the surety of what that means, which is our hope. And it is He, as forerunner, who entered the Presence behind the veil. In going there to present His blood before God, He has opened the way for all who trust in Him to follow. This is the purpose of the words found in all three synoptic gospels concerning the rending of the veil. In Mark, it says –

“Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38

The veil, which only the high priest of Israel, and only once a year, could go behind, was torn from top to bottom. The immense size of this veil, and it being torn from top to bottom, was a sign from God that access is restored, completely and wholly, for any who come through Christ. This is then more fully explained in Hebrews 10 –

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh…” Hebrews 10:19, 20

Because Jesus, as forerunner entered behind the veil, we too now may follow Him – through the veil (meaning through His body). With the understanding of this astonishing truth, the author then continues with the words, “having become High Priest forever.” Unlike the high priests of the Old Covenant who performed their duties, died, and whose priesthood was thus transferred to another high priest, Jesus has an eternal priesthood. It is one which will never end. As His priesthood is eternal, then He possesses the ability to mediate for us forever as well. In these words is another hint at eternal salvation. This will be fully explained in Chapter 7, most especially in verse 7:25. For now, the focus is simply on the eternal nature of Jesus’ priesthood which is, as the author says, “according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Once again, the enigmatic Melchizedek is introduced into the narrative. This is the third time he has been mentioned, and bringing him up here serves as a lead-in to Chapter 7. As we have noted in a couple of verses in Chapter 6 though, the author never left his intended subject matter. Everything he has said in Chapter 6 has been to support what will be more fully revealed in Chapter 7. He has built an astonishingly precise case for the surety of God’s promises, and the more wonderful nature of their fulfillment, as found in the New Covenant.

As noted, the previous verse said that our hope is an anchor that “enters the Presence behind the veil.” Further, it was noted that Jesus is actually that Anchor, because He is our hope. Further, it is Jesus who entered this Presence when He passed behind the veil. And more, as noted above, in chapter 10, the author says that the veil is His body. In all things, Jesus is the center of focus – He is our hope, therefore He is our anchor. He went behind the veil, and the veil is His body. It is His blood that obtained access into the sanctuary, and yet He is the sanctuary. In all things, Christ is the focus. He is the entire point of our faith and He is the object of it.

We read that, because of His work, he has “become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” However, He is not only the High Priest who offers the sacrifice, but He is also the sacrifice. His blood eternally secures believers and His priesthood is an eternal one. Both the humanity and the deity of Jesus is shouted out in every concept. Everything concerning the temple points to Him, and yet the temple is there to exalt God.

Life application: If the deity of Christ isn’t resonating in your mind by the continuous stream of shadows, figures, types, and fulfillments the author is presenting, then you are missing the very foundational point of what is being related to us. There is simply no excuse in heaven or on earth for rejecting the tenet that Jesus Christ is God incarnate. It is such a vital tenet that if you reject it, there can be no salvation for your soul; eternal condemnation waits. Be absolutely sure of what you believe and why! When we are asked to confess Jesus as Lord in Romans 10:9, 10, Paul is signifying that “Lord” means “Yehovah” of the Old Testament. Have faith in Jesus who is God incarnate… and be saved.

O God, despite not fully understanding the incarnation or the Trinity, these are tenets which your word clearly proclaims. Help me in my inability to fully grasp these things and help my foundation to be sure, both in Your word and in the deity of Christ Jesus which Your word proclaims. And it is in His perfect name I pray. Amen.

11 Comments

  • help LORD so that i also may fully understand . thank you

  • Lord help us to grasp and to hold on to these tenets daily in our lives and that they bring us closer to Jesus every moment of everyday.

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends. We fly soon

    • I love your daily “another day closer.” I find myself saying that in my head because of you!

  • Jesus is all in all! Hallellujah

  • Amen and amen!
    Jesus is our Savior AND Lord.

  • Hey Charlie It’s something I started a while ago, first thing in the morning before I get out of bed I say good morning lord because I wanted to acknowledge Jesus and start my day with him..the, We ARE another day closer to home is something I started doing to lift my spirits when I was feeling down about the lords apparent delay in coming for us. But the more I said it the happier became. It opened my eyes to all the events that are taking place in the world right now that shout from the rooftops Jesus is coming any moment now and my excitement just continues to grow with each passing day. No time to be depressed or down in the dumps over Jesus delay No its all about anticipation and excitement for me. The Lord lead me to do a video about this on my YT channel. I don’t do a lot of videos and when I do finally do one it’s because the Lord has been seriously on my case. I guess I take after Job and need a reality slap upside the head from the lord from time to time to do what the lord wants me to do.just as long as I don’t get sucked down by a fish I can handle the reality slaps lol. We ARE another day closer to home AMEN

    • Man I hate auto correct not Job but Jonah lol

  • *** it is Jesus who entered this Presence when He passed behind the veil… the veil is His body. …through the veil, that is, His flesh…” Hebrews 10:19, 20…Jesus is the center of focus – He is our hope…He is our anchor… It is His blood that obtained access into the sanctuary… He is the sanctuary. In all things, Christ…is the entire point of our faith…He is not only the High Priest who offers the sacrifice, but He is also the sacrifice…Jesus Christ is God incarnate!!! Hallelujah!
    THANK YOU LORD!

    And I would like to add to your closing prayer all those that we know that are still in need of this foundational point for the salvation of their souls. Amen

    What Awesome Work, Charlie!

  • This letter may have been addressed to the Jews but it seems that I am included in that audience. I read in this devotion that Jesus” in going to present the blood before God, He has opened the way for all who trust in Him to follow.” I wept bitterly when I read this. I just imagined myself in front of heaven’s gates that had a sign saying “No entry, authorized personnel only.. 20.000 Volts – danger,and I stood there in dismay wandering how I could get in.Just then Jesus stepped in front of me and ‘opened up the gate and the way for me to follow Him in all because of His precious blood which had covered my sin. I am still weeping with gratitude for Him being my forerunner. I have been singing all day-
    Jesus opened up the way to heaven’s gate, when He died upon the cross to redeem all the lost,
    He’s prepared the road that leads to His abode. It’s a road marked by blood, but it leads us home to God. Hallelujah.!!

    • Hallelujah is right. Yes, we are included in this in the sense that Jesus work is for all. It is being explained to the Hebrews because it applies to them both individually and corporately. We are saved solely as individuals. Israel has to aspects – national and personal.

      No matter what, thank God for the blood of Christ!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

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