Friday | 25 November 2022
The word of the oath

The oath assuring that the blessing of Abraham would come through Christ, was the same oath through which the Son of God was begotten as the Firstborn from the dead, and was designated as a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek. Paul highlighted this point, noting that the Father, who declared, ‘You are My Son’, also said, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ Heb 1:5. Heb 5:6. Paul was quoting the prophetic psalm of King David, who wrote, ‘The Lord has sworn [an oath] and will not relent, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”.’ Psa 110:4.

Jesus Christ was begotten as the Firstborn from the dead by the Father when the Father drew Him out of many waters and established Him as the Firstborn of a new creation. Psa 18:16. Col 1:18. Rev 1:5-6. This was when Jesus Christ our Lord was ‘declared [by the Father’s oath] to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead’. Rom 1:1-4. The word of the Father, through which Christ was begotten from the dead, gave to Jesus ‘the sure mercies of David’. Act 13:33‑35. Isa 55:3. That is, the full provision for God’s Everlasting Covenant was committed to, and finished in, Christ.

When Jesus was begotten from the dead by the word of the oath, He was also called by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Heb 5:6‑10. Significantly, Jesus was progressively glorified by God the Father through the wounding events that He experienced in the course of His offering journey from Gethsemane to Calvary. Through these sufferings, Jesus learned how to be a high priest in relation to every situation and human condition. For this reason, Paul said, ‘We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ Heb 4:15‑16.


Further Study:
HEBREWS 5
Daily Proverb:

References:
Heb 1:5
For to which of the angels did He ever say: ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’? and again: ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son’?

Heb 5:6
As He also says in another place: ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’

Psa 110:4
The LORD has sworn and will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’

Psa 18:16
He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

Col 1:18
And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Rev 1:5-6
And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Rom 1:1-4
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

Act 13:33-35
God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’ And that He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: ‘I will give You the sure mercies of David.’ Therefore He also says in another Psalm: ‘You will not allow Your holy One to see corruption.’

Isa 55:3
Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— the sure mercies of David.

Heb 5:6-10
As He also says in another place: ‘You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek’; who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest ‘according to the order of Melchizedek.’

Heb 4:15-16
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
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