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The High Priest Of Our Confessions

The High Priest

Of Our Confessions

 

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”

(Hebrews 3:1)

 

Back in the Old Testament, the Lord said to Moses, “Take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office…”(Exodus 28:1). By that directive, God instituted the priesthood, with Aaron as the first high priest. He and his sons were ordained to receive the animal sacrifices and gifts offered to God. However, God wasn’t satisfied with those sacrifices of animals, because true sacrifice is spiritual, as man is a spirit and God is a spirit.

 

From our opening Scripture, we see that under the New Testament, Jesus is our High Priest, meaning He is the one ordained by God to receive the sacrifices we have to offer: “By him (Jesus) therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).

 

Through Him, Jesus, we offer the calves of our lips, giving thanks to His Name. This is the sacrifice God expects us to offer today, the calves of our lips, not bulls and calves on a physical altar.  Hosea 14:2 “Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive[ us] graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips”.

 

The expression “giving thanks to His Name” in Heb 13:15 quoted above is translated from the Greek word “homologeo,” which means “to make confessions to His Name.” It means “to say the same things in agreement with God, to the glory of His name. For example, when you say, “I’m more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus,” or “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world”; you’re making confessions of the Word to His name.

 

Take advantage of the Lord’s ministry as the High Priest of your confessions and offer good sacrifices unto God today by declaring what His Word says about you. Remember, your faith-filled confession is the victory that overcomes the world; they are the materials the Masterbuilder, our High Priest presents before the Father, with which your life is built.

 

 

Prayer

 

Dear Father,

I thank you for ordaining the Lord Jesus Christ to be the High Priest of my confessions. By him I offer today, the calves of my lips, making confessions to His Name, declaring that I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus, holy and sanctified unto you! I’m an associate of the God-kind, having been made a participator in the divine life. I reign and rule in life today as a king in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

FURTHER STUDY

 

Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 8:1-3

 

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING

 

1 Year Bible reading plan: 1John 5; Ezekiel 20-21

2 Year Bible reading plan:  Revelation 7:1-10; Amos 2

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