The Hebrews writer continues his exhortation for believers to persevere in our faith.
Jesus’ final, perfect sacrifice on the cross did away with the need for animal sacrifices for the remission of sin.
Having examined the necessity and sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our salvation, writer now turns his focus to the finality and completeness of Jesus’ atonement for our sins, and God’s universal offer of salvation in Christ to all people who will believe and confess His Gospel.
The necessity and sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Having examined the earthly tabernacle, the nature and contents of the Ark of the Covenant, and the emphasis on blood which we find in the Word of God, we now turn our attention to the heavenly sanctuary of which the earthly tabernacle and temple were models.
The Hebrews writer describes the earthly tabernacle and its associated rituals which was a mere model of the perfect and everlasting heavenly sanctuary – namely Jesus Himself.
The Hebrews writer discusses the ultimate priestly offering made by Jesus on the cross and the new covenant He established in His own blood as foretold by the prophet Jeremiah.
Having established his position that Melchizedek the king of Salem and priest of the Most High God who appeared to Abram, received a tithe from him and blessed him is actually Jesus Himself , the Hebrews writer now begins to discuss Jesus’ eternal and perfect priesthood itself, contrasting it with the imperfect priesthood of mortal human priests.
The writer now returns to his discussion of Jesus’ role as our great High Priest, quoting once more Psalm 110:4 proclaiming that Jesus is a high Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, and offering a much more detailed explanation of Jesus’ relationship to Melchizedek – the King of Salem and Priest of the Most High God.