The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet 1960 kc 13-1

Christianity is not contained in religion nor in the following after traditions...
it is the reality of knowing Him.

Paul is giving us quite a Bible lesson in this 7th chapter of Hebrews
concerning the divine authority and power of our Lord and High Priest, Jesus Christ,
who alone is able to "save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him,
seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them (Heb. 7:25)".

The point Paul is so thoroughly making and documenting is that the priesthood of Christ,
promised by God and backed by His solemnly sworn oath to the highest power in the universe (Himself)
was "to be after the order of Melchisedec (Ps. 110:4)",
the one who "abideth [remains] a priest continually [forever] (Heb. 7:3)".

Let us continue to enjoy this rich full-course meal Paul has prepared for us to consume and digest.
(Keep in mind that were those who were still trying to observe the law of ordinances
which Christ "blotted out" and completely "took away" when He died on the cross (see Col. 2:10-17 below.)

Of course there is nothing new under the sun and there are still those today
who follow church systems based on religious ceremonies with commandments of do's and don'ts,
such as keep this day or that day or perform this ritual or that ritual.)

Hebrews 7:11 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?
The law, i.e. of religious ordinances of blood sacrifices to atone for sins, etc.,
including the keeping of certain days and performing ceremonies and/or rituals of cleansing, etc.,
cannot give anyone life!

That is because "life" can only come from "life",
meaning that eternal life can only come from eternal life itself,
for that which is temporal cannot supercede itself!

That is why it was necessary and promised by Almighty God
that Jesus Christ would be a priest after the succession of Melchisedec (Ps. 110:4),
who we learned in our last study was "Without father, without mother,
without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life;
but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually (Heb. 7:3)."

To that end, Paul just explained to us in verse 11 that if perfection (meaning "salvation")
could have been obtained through the Levitical priesthood under the Old Covenant,
then there simply would have been no need for another priest to be raised up after the order of Melchisedec.

The logic is that there would be no need to have a New Covenant if the Old Covenant of laws
and sacrifices administered by the priests of Aaron were sufficient unto salvation, right?

Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
This is a profound statement!

You see, the law required that the priesthood be after the order of Aaron, i.e. of the tribe of Levi... period!

So if Christ were to become the high priest through any other tribe or order
(such as the tribe of Judah or after the order of Melchisedec),
that law would have to be changed, would it not?

Well, it was!

In fact, all the laws contained in ordinances were completely done away with
when Christ died on the cross and rent the "veil" to the Holy of Holies from top to bottom,
entering in as our High Priest once and for all time!

Never again would there ever be a need for another high priest
for He is our priest forever, eternally, i.e. after the order of Melchisedec!

If you do not believe and understand what Paul is saying here,
you may waste much of your life following after the traditions of men
and their church systems who say you must do some religious thing
or keep this religious day or say that religious thing, etc., etc.

Christianity is not contained in religion nor in the following after traditions... it is the reality of knowing Him.

Col. 2:10 And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:

[11] In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Romans 2:29 "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly;
and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit,
and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
[12] Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

[13] And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

To be "quickened" is to be "made alive"... together with Him... as in you abiding in Him and He in you (Jn. 15:5).
[14] Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
There is a vast difference between the laws of God such as the Ten Commandments,
and laws which are "statutes" and laws which are contained in "ordinances"
pertaining to religious ceremonies and sacrifices, etc.

It is only the latter of these that Christ nailed to the cross
and NOT the laws of God as is so commonly taught among "milk" drinkers.

To wit... It is still against the law of God to commit murder!

[15] And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

[16] Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Don't ever let some preacher type place you in the bondage of religious things
by claiming you must do this or that
(including religiously going to church every Sunday to show yourself approved*)
or you are not acceptable to God!

Tell the fool to go read Col. 2 and "bug off"!

* Please understand that I am not condemning going to church, especially where the Word of God is taught.

[17] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Again, we read in Col. 2:10 that we, meaning the many membered body of Christ,
are complete in Him, not in keeping all those ordinances which were merely temporal shadows
teaching us pictorially and symbolically all about the One who would come and pay the price!

"Oh... but you don't understand brother!

You must keep Saturday as a holyday, or you must observe lent,
or you must do this and that!"

I'm sorry,

I'm really not into religion.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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