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24) Hebrews - Chapter 8:1-5
Now, of the things spoken concerning the priesthood of Christ, the chief is, that in Him we have such a High Priest
as described in Hebrews 7:26. Who, after offering the sacrifice of Himself for us, the true tabernacle, sat down at
the right hand of the manifestation of the Divine Presence in the heavens (Hebrews 9:5), as having by that sacrifice
made a complete atonement.
The word "minister" usually means a public office of high and honorable rank. This can be civil, or military, or
religious. Christ ministers in the sanctuary, indicating a spiritual service. The word "sanctuary" is also translated
"holy things." The word in the Greek means heaven itself. He says the word is used in that sense in Hebrews
9:8,12, and 24-25, Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 13:11). The word "sanctuary" probably refers to the heavens but the
holy of holies and the tabernacle, to the church.
True tabernacle - Here he means the substantial one - the perfect as in contrast with the imperfect. Some try to say
that the sanctuary and the tabernacle are different, others that they are the same. The church must be referred to
here, for many scriptures teach that the church is a building (Acts 15:16-17, 1st Corinthians 3:16, 1st Corinthians 6,
2nd Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 2:19-22, 1st Timothy 3:15, 1st Peter 2:5, Hebrews 3:6, and Hebrews 10:21. This is
a temple not made with hands. Stephen said so (Acts 7:48). Paul said so (Acts 17:24). Matthew 16:18: "I will build
my church," was a claim of Christ. If the Lord pitched it, then we have no right to build otherwise the pattern is
pitched; let us build accordingly.
What could He offer but Himself? This offering does not need to be repeated - Hebrews 7:27, Hebrews 9:12,
Hebrews 9:26, Hebrews 9:28, Hebrews 10:12. Jesus told what the greatest love was " - to lay down a life for a
friend" (John 15:13). Christ was therefore obligated to die for man. If He gave anything less, He could not show His
love as marvelously.
He could not lawfully do it. He was not of the house of Aaron; therefore, He was not qualified (Numbers 18:1-7).
Severe punishment was provided for one who invaded the office (Numbers 16:1-35, Numbers 18:3-7, 2nd
Chronicles 26:16-21). Observe that even Levites were killed if they encroached upon the office (Numbers 18:3).
"Serve" as used here means to "portray." "Copy" means "an example." The Levitical priests were serving as an
example of what later was to come. This made it very important.
The ancient rituals were appointed for a purpose. All modes of worship are false which are not invented by the
hand of God. There are no true symbols except those which the Lord gives. We have similar warnings today
(Galatians 1:8-9, Revelation 22:18-19, 1st Corinthians 11:2).