“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: we have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.”
For a matter to the ‘sum’ it must be the completion and not the continuation. The equation must be exhausted and a final summation reached and this summary is a recapitulation of that which has gone before. It cannot be something that is not yet done, something that is being waited for in anticipation or something that may or may not happen soon. If this matter is not yet complete, then we do not have such an high priest yet. If not such an high priest then the old ones must still be in place for if they have not finished their allotment and been replaced then they must still be active. If they are still active then the law which they abide by is still in effect and the rituals and ceremonies continue today. If we have not such an high priest, then He has not yet completed His fulfillment of the first covenant and is not now seated on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.
But thanks be to our God that He has come, He has completed His work in its entirety and is now seated in the heavens, ruling over all. His priesthood is superior to the old Levitical priesthood in age, conduct and content. His sacrifice as the pure Lamb of God not only cleanses His people from all unrighteousness but purges the conscience from dead works and causes them to serve the living God. His tabernacle is not of this world and man has no part in it. Man cannot approach unto it nor can he assist in erecting, establishing or attending to it for it is the pure sanctuary, the true tabernacle which God pitched without man. His promises are unto an eternal inheritance and not the inheritance of the sands of the seas or the dust of the earth.
Sinai and the priesthood are temporal and visible to the naked eye. They answer to Jerusalem which now is and is Hagar and her children in bondage. The covenant was broken and can not be claimed since no man fulfilled it. The promises of the land and the blessing were contingent upon the obedience of the flesh which is impossible and nothing contained in the handwriting of ordinances could make the doer righteous or holy. If the first had been faultless there would be no need for another but by the deeds of the law no flesh can be justified. Therefore, a new priesthood, which actually predates the house of Levi, must come forth with a new law. Abram displayed his subservient nature to this priesthood as he gave a tenth (tithe) to Melchizedec (not being asked or obligated) and was blessed of him. Clearly Abram the LESSER was blessed by Melchisedec the GREATER. How then can we leave the better promises, better sacrifice, better covenant, better sanctuary and the better inheritance of this Great High Priest and revert back to the week and beggarly elements of this world by seeking a tabernacle made with the hands of a man, fashioned out of the substances of this earth, having carnal ordinances and animal sacrifices. Since the blood of the animals could not sanctify to the purifying of the flesh why then is the dominance of the land of Palestine and the rebuilding of Solomon’s temple of such great fervor. Of old God laid the foundation of this earth which we can see today but they shall perish, yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment and as a vesture shall be changed. The eternal inheritance which Abram sought is not of this world but is eternal in the heavens. The child of grace walks by that which he/she cannot see for faith is the evidence of things unseen and they live by the faith of the Son of God, yet so often, we are drawn away after those things which tantalize the eyes and excite the senses.
The two rivers flow side by side but they never mix or mingle. One is of this earth, carnal and unclean. To this pertains all things after the flesh and the natural man. The other is eternal, pure, righteous and holy and is the substance of things hoped for. The conclusion of the matter is that the holy brethren who have been made partakers of the heavenly calling, have such an High Priest, the sovereign ruler of consecrated things, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, AND WE ARE SEATED TOGETHER WITH HIM IN THE HEAVENLIES.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 1, 2010