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26.2 The Lord is the High Priest

Series 26

Episode 2

Prologue

Message

Psalm 110 is very precious. Verse 4 reads: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.’”

This verse is very precious and rich in meanings! Actually, God doesn’t need to swear, as every word that He says greatly surpasses man’s oaths. Yet, the Father swore and would not change His mind. Being the High Priest, the Lord had to endure the greatest pain that no one in the whole universe can ever comprehend, yet, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit endured this pain together. This is most stunning!

Isaiah chapter 53, verse 10 reads: “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.” (NKJV)

God’s love is overwhelming. It seems unreasonable that He was pleased to crush His beloved Son. However, He loves us and the Lord so much. The Lord has accomplished what pleases the Father most. He has risen from the dead and completely solved the problems of our sin! He is risen and He sees me. Hebrews chapter 12, verse 2 reads: “…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame…” He sees His offspring. It’s so precious that He sees me. He sees that He will gain me for eternity! Both Abba’s and the Lord’s joy is over me. I am the joy that was set before Him. Each one in God’s family is very precious; how much more when we’re all together! What pleases the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit the most will surely come true!

Psalm 110, verse 4 is very precious! It reads: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4) For our eternity, God  appointed Him our High Priest forever. One of the most important duties of a priest is to bring people to God, so that man and God can be the closest. Being a priest, the Lord’s aim is to bring us closest to God and for us to enjoy Himself. 

Abba knows that the Lord desires to be a man forever and to die for us. He has gloriously and stunningly gained us forever. This glory of His is indescribable. The Father has sworn and will not change His mind. He has appointed the Lord as our High Priest. This is the glory of the Father. These actions demonstrate the immense love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the Lord’s determination to endure the greatest pain. He also saw the joy that was set before Him.

It’s very precious that “the Lord has sworn and will not change His mind.” This is very precious, isn’t it? For you and me, God has prepared a priest to solve the problem of sin. Furthermore, this brings us closest to God. We ought to exercise our free will to desire, embrace and enjoy what the Lord has accomplished for us. We should not use our freedom to obstruct His will; rather, we should cooperate with Him. He wants to be the closest to us and this is true love. We can be heart to heart with Him. It’s very important for us to use our free will to respond to Him, because this shows our true love to Him.

The Book of Hebrews specifically tells us that the Lord is our priest. This priest is exceedingly precious, and surpasses all priests in the Old Testament time. Think about it: the priest is God Himself! The beloved Son of God became a man forever so that He can be our priest. Though He had to endure the greatest pain, He is very willing to do so. It’s so precious that we have the Book of Hebrews, I treasure it so much. The enemy hinders us to draw close to God and to experience God. But the Father has prepared for us this priest, a mediator. It reminds me of Zechariah chapter 3, where the Lord rebukes our opponent. God calls us righteous; we are justified by the Lord’s blood. 

Revelation chapter 12, verse 11 reads: “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” The Lord has caused us to have such faith and love for Him.

Hebrews chapter 8, verse 1 reads: “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.” What He accomplished for us is perfect! He is infinitely great. His love is also stunning! God shows His full acceptance by saying, “Sit at my right hand.” The Lord has accomplished the most perfect work requested by the Father—the Father has sworn to appoint Him the High Priest.

Psalm 110, verse 1 reads, “The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’” (Psalm 110:1)

Speaking of priests, I can’t help but to talk about this High Priest. Because of sin, we were once far away from God and separated from Him. What the Lord has done is so perfect! It’s beyond our imagination that not only our sins were forgiven, we are righteous before God. But more than that, we can be priests! Isn’t this wonderful? A priest is the closest to God. Isn’t this amazing? I think of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 13: “… you who once were far off and have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Isn’t this remarkable? Our current identity is in such fierce contrast to the old. We were once far off from God, but now we are priests of God. No wonder Revelation chapter 5 says that we will lead all creatures to praise God! It is so precious that we are the firstborn in the entire universe, and one of our glories is being priests. It is most glorious that all of us are firstborn. Being a priest is very glorious. Hebrews writes that man cannot take the honour of a priest for himself. God’s loving-kindness to us is so extraordinary. It is so precious that the Lord is the priest as well as the sacrifice. It is so touching! By His own blood—the blood of the Son of God, He redeemed us. He is forever living for you and me.

Series 26

We are a royal priesthood

Message Date: 2020-05-17

This message continues to illustrate the identities and lives of both priests and firstborns. The Father set the Lord as our high priest; the Lord has perfected us and brought us before God. The Lord has caused us to be the closest to the Father and most deeply enjoy His love. In the Old Testament times, the head of the household was like the priest of the family. Later, God chose the tribe of Levi — the male offspring of Aaron — to be priests and to bring people before Him. Today, we as believers are a royal priesthood. To live the life of a firstborn, we must first live the life of a priest. How? We must draw near to God and experience Him daily, offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices, be full of praises to Him, preach the gospel, share the truth to others, and bless and pray for others.
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26.1 God who alone does wondrous things

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26.2 The Lord is the High Priest

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26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)

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26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)

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26.5 The life of a priest

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
Satan causes man not to be clear and assured about the things in heaven
Are physical substances not spiritual?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)
New Jerusalem is a real city (2)

Series 24: God prepares for us

Genesis 22: Father and Son went together
Genesis 22: For us, the Father gave His only Son
Genesis 22: The Lord will provide
24.4 God’s preparation for us

Series 25: The Father and Son Affection

25.1 The Lord Came to Make Known the Father
25.2 The Father and Son Affection (Part 1)
25.3 The Father and Son Affection (Part 2)

Series 26: We are a royal priesthood

26.1 God who alone does wondrous things
26.2 The Lord is the High Priest
26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)
26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)
26.5 The life of a priest

Series 27: Who are you in the infinite one’s loving heart?

27.1 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart
27.2 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart (2)
27.3 Meditate on the infinite Lord’s words at the last supper

Series 28: The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death
28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death
28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it
28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 29: How to behold

29.1 Behold the Father
29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)
29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)
29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)
29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 30: The core things we need to see when we behold the Lord

Series 31: Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us

31.1 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (1)
31.2 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (2)
31.3 The Importance of Love
31.4 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (1)
31.5 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (2)