“If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:11–25, KJV)
Real easy one today! If you take this one one line at a time, it makes sense!
Perfection (meaning, completion) cannot be by the levitical law – the very presence of another priesthood shows that. If it brought salvation, forgiveness of sins, and made complete, then there’d be no need for another priesthood.
First, God initiated this priesthood with an oath, not merely by some worldly rules. Second, Christ’s priesthood was permanent. Christ would never deliver His office to someone unqualified to handle it. Third, the character of Christ was superior to that of the Aaronic priests. Christ was exactly the type of high priest weak believers needed.
Thomas D. Lea, “The General Letters,” in Holman Concise Bible Commentary, ed. David S. Dockery (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998), 622–623.
The word “forever” translates a phrase (eis to diēnekes) that occurs only in Hebrews (here and in 10:12, 14) and means “continuously” or “uninterruptedly.”
Walvoord, John The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, 2nd Ed. Copyright : Copyright 1983, SP Publications, Inc.
Today’s word is surety, meaning “down payment”.
Dwell on verse 25 – able to save them to the uttermost!
The law was weak, and had to be repeated daily. Christ did his offering once, and then sat down.
For “one law/Torah Observance” advocates, keep this in mind! Why return to the old, which was impoerfect, and vanishing away, when you were offered the new which is perfect?