Hebrews 8:1-2 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, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.
The author now summarizes the points he has made thus far with some additional information. Repetition is a good way to make sure that others understand the key ideas that we are attempting to communicate. The type of high priest that humanity needs is found in Jesus. The author has focused on Jesus’ human qualifications and moves more towards his divine qualifications. The same person who came to earth, suffered, was tempted, experienced the things that we experience, is also the one who has been exalted to God’s right hand. The right hand is the highest place of honor. The author is now emphasizing Jesus’ exalted status as the divine Son of God. This king is also a priest, just like Melchizedek was both a priest and a king. Jesus as the priest-king serves in the heavenly tabernacle. He is the only one who qualifies to be in this position. Only someone without sin can serve as the high priest in the tent of heaven. It is important that we have a proper understanding of who Jesus is, his full humanity and full divinity. Any wrong idea about this will affect how we understand and experience salvation. Sadly, there are many fringe groups today that call themselves “churches” that have wrong doctrine about Jesus. This was even present in the early church. These fringe groups often have great influence over people through coercion and not the freedom that comes in knowing Jesus as the true incarnate and exalted priest and king.
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