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Hebrews 8:1-2 1 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

The Awesome Power of Salvation of the High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek

1. Justification and Glorification of Sinners

Salvation is based on the love of God who performs the work of salvation from start to finish to save people from sin. This is best illustrated by the story of the prodigal son told by Jesus. The prodigal son was self-focused, disrespectful to his father, demanded his share of inheritance before the passing of the father, went away and wasted all the inheritance on sinful activities and was finally stricken with abject poverty. While feeding pigs in the field as a hired hand, he had to feed on pods that the pigs were eating out of hunger. At the bottom pit of his life, he realized that he could still ask for mercy of his father who might hire him as a servant which is a much better position than his present situation. The son headed back to his father. While a long way off, the father saw the prodigal son and was filled with compassion for him. The father ran to his son and threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20). Then the son repented before his father saying that he was not worthy to be called his son. But, the father said to his servants to bring the best robe and put it on the son, put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet (Luke 15:22). The story illustrated how much love and compassion the Heavenly Father has towards desperate sinners who realized their spiritual helplessness and are willing to return to Him for mercy and help. As Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, people who realize their spiritual bankruptcy are blessed for there is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3) and will be comforted when they morn (Matthew 5:4). For Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). If we observe carefully about the story, we also see that the repentant prodigal son is not only totally forgiven, but justified and gloried as a son (Luke 15:22). Salvation implies justification and glorification of sinners to conform to the image of God’s Only Son Jesus Christ such that the previously undeserving sinners are adopted to be the children of God and become the brothers and sisters of Jesus (Romans 8:23, 29-30). As we consider this a little deeply, we should realize how great the love of God is. An undeserving sinner is forgiven, justified and adopted as a son of God. As Charles Wesley’s Hymn entitled “And can it be?"

Universally true to all people, our present bodies are temporary and they are growing old day by day and are getting weak and die eventually. However, this is the end of the life story for the children of God. In fact, according to the promises of God in Christ Jesus, the best is yet to come. For the redeemed will resurrect and receive a new glorious body like the Lord Jesus (1 John 3:2, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44). In God’s kingdom, all the common negatives we used to experience in the world will cease or cannot be there at all. There will be no more sin, pain, sorrow, tear, death, divisions, and struggles between people and nations. All the redeemed live in the presence of God and His glory. There is even no need of a temple and lamp because God’s presence is among the redeemed (Revelation 21:22). A man-made temple is only a building symbolically representing the presence of God in which priests may perform sacrifices with animals and men may worship and pray. Since men live in the direct presence of God and Jesus is the lamb and High Priest in God’s Kingdom forever, there is no need of a symbolic representation anymore. The city needs no other light source for God’s glory gives it light and Jesus Himself is the lamp (Revelation 21:23).

1 John 3:2

2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Philippians 3:20-21

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

Revelation 21:22-23

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

2. Sanctification by the Holy Spirit

Salvation also implies sanctification of the redeemed by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:2). Sanctification means setting apart for God and holy purposes. Apart from setting Himself as an example of how to live in the world but out of the world (John 17:18-19), Jesus as the High Priest prays for the redeemed such that they are sanctified for the glory of God. In His prayer, Jesus mentions the truth that is the word of God as the agent of sanctification (John 17:16-17). Humans are subject to many messages in their daily lives from various sources: Internet , radios, TV, newspapers, magazines, seminars, books, parents, teachers, co-workers, friends and more. These messages carry a wide spectrum of values but mostly secular by nature. Some messages even appeal to the flesh and mislead us into temptation and the love of the world (1 John 2:16). While some messages carry useful information such as Mathematics and Science that convey knowledge and teach us skills such that we may be productive in our daily living in the world. Yet, these messages could not be fully beneficial and even became destructive if they were not applied on the foundation of the words of God. The reason is that people could use their knowledge purely for selfish gain. To make things worse, some even use their knowledge and skills not to serve but to destroy like the terrorists. Therefore, we all need the words of God to immerse and integrate into every aspect of our lives to teach us true values, wisdom and guide us in the discernment of good and evil. But, the old sinful nature of the redeemed is still in conflict with the new spiritual nature. The old nature tends to delight in sin while the new nature desires the words of God (Romans 7:21-23). Even apostle Paul was frustrated in his internal conflict between the two natures. But, thanks be to God for He empowers us to overcome the sinful nature by the Counselor that is the Holy Spirit living in us upon the salvation of Jesus Christ (Romans 7:24-25). Before salvation, a human life is controlled only by the sinful nature living according to the flesh. After receiving salvation, God gives the redeemed a new nature which abhors sin and the Holy Spirit that helps the redeemed to put the sinful nature to death (Romans 8:13). In fact, the mark of the redeemed is a life no longer enslaved by sin but led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). The practical implication of sanctification is that the redeemed may become salt and light in the corrupted and dark world glorifying the heavenly Father (Matthew 5:13-16). Many human teachings and religions teach that man can become good and approach their gods or even become gods themselves by human will power and efforts. This is a direct contradiction to the gospel that the source of power of sanctification is the indwelling Holy Spirit in the new life of the redeemed (2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Peter 1:2). For the new spiritual nature of the redeemed has the good intention but lack of power to overcome the old sinful nature. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit, the redeemed can be victorious over the old nature.

As Jesus said to the disciples that when He was about to die, resurrect and return to heaven, He would not leave them as orphans and will send the Holy Spirit to teach them all things and remind them everything He said to them (John 14:26). What words did Jesus communicate to us in His earthly ministry? Jesus in human form was communicating to us the words from the Heavenly Father (John 14:10). After Jesus died on the cross, resurrected from the tomb and returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit came and sanctifies us by the very same words of God. How wonderful, how consistent the work of God is! The messages we receive in the world are relative and keep changing according to the changes in politics, social values, economics and religions. But the words of God revealed, taught and fulfilled in Christ Jesus are constantly the same, effective, and trustworthy. Hebrews 13:8 summarizes it well, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Surely, these words do not apply only to the disciples Jesus was talking to physically in His earthly ministry but to all disciples of all generations. Firstly, apostle Paul who received the revelation from Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:12) was sent to bring the gospel to the gentiles. The work and power of the Holy Spirit is surely part and partial of the gospel. In fact, the evidence of a person belonging to Christ Jesus is a new life no longer enslaved by sin but walks in step with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:24-25). Secondly, Jesus commanded the disciples to make disciples of all nations, teaching the future disciples what He taught them (Matthew 28:18-20). Indeed, the early disciples went to different parts of the world to make Disciples of Jesus and wrote the books of the New Testament communicating the teachings of Jesus Christ. Today, the gospel which is the power of God that saves all who believe is still being relayed by Christians from generation to generation in different parts of the world. God’s salvation is powerful for it redeems a hopeless sinner fully by the work of Christ and snaps back the sinner otherwise walking on the path of darkness and destruction towards the glory of God. On the new journey, the redeemed is anointed by the Holy Spirit who provides strength to stand firm in Christ. The Holy Spirit is also a deposit made by God guaranteeing a glorious future (2 Corinthians 1:21-22). The transformation of a sin laden life into a life of spiritual fruit is the evidence of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in a redeemed life. Therefore, sanctification is performed by the Holy Spirit using the words of God on a redeemed life. Sanctification of the redeemed is predicated on the sacrifice of the High Priest Jesus Christ. Sanctification of the redeemed is the will of God as we can see in the High Priest prayer to the Father (John 17:17).

1 Peter 1:2

who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

John 17:18-19

18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

John 17:16-17

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Ephesians 5:25-27

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

John 15:3

3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

1 John 2:16

16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:16

16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Romans 7:21-23

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.

Romans 7:24-25

24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 8:13-14

13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

John 14:26

26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

Galatians 5:24-25

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Galatians 1:12

12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

3. Gracious and Loving Friendship Even to Desperate Sinners

The High Priest Jesus was well known as a friend to sinners in His earthly ministry. As He was criticized eating, drinking and a friend even to tax collectors and sinners (Luke 7:34). Well, this is exactly the purpose of the mission of Jesus - to call and save sinners (Luke 5:31-32). In fact, Jesus loves sinners so much that He was willing to die for us even when we were sinners (John 15:13). He is also a faithful and understanding friend who shares our sorrows and understand our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15). We can now pray to God in the name of Jesus who will help and give us the power and wisdom to face the temptation and challenges in this world. We may confess our failures to God in the name of Jesus who has paid for our sins and we may be forgiven. With the help of the Holy Spirit we can grow more like Jesus who has lived in this world and faced all kinds of temptations yet He acted righteously in every way.

Jesus who is God by nature empathizes and understands our weakness not only in the sense of His omniscient capability but by actual experience living a life as a man on earth to identify with mankind (Philippians 2:6-7, Hebrews 2:16-18). Please note that Hebrews 2:16 states that Jesus came to help Abraham’s descendants which surely means all people of the world: Jews and the Gentiles alike who are justified before God through faith like Abraham who became their forefather in the spiritual sense and not in the flesh (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:1-3). All are now saved through faith in Jesus Christ who performed the work of salvation (Genesis 17:4, Romans 4:16-17). Therefore, Jesus is truly the perfect High Priest bringing salvation to the world, reconciling us the sinners to God, and be our great mentor in teaching, demonstrating, helping us to live an abundant life even in the world (John 10:10). Our High Priest does not pray that we leave this evil world right away upon receiving salvation but stay while God provides protection to us from the evil one (John 17:15-16). Staying in this world, we are told by our High Priest to set our heart not in this world but in heaven (Matthew 6:20-21) and be a witness to this dark world such that people may glorify God and come to Him ( Matthew 5:14-16). Our High Priest in particular commands Christians to love each other (John 15:12, 14). In fact, this is the sign and testimony of Christians in the world (John 13:35). Although our High Priest is in heaven now while we are still in the world, He does not leave us as orphans for the Holy Spirit lives within us, strengthening and encouraging us in the world (John 14:17).

Luke 7:34

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

Luke 5:31-32

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

John 15:13

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

Philippians 2:6-7

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Hebrews 2:16-18

16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Genesis 15:6

6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Romans 4:1-3

1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.

Genesis 17:4

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.

Romans 4:16-17

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 17:15-16

15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

Matthew 6:20-21

20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 5:14-16

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

John 15:12, 14

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

John 13:35

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 14:17

17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

4. Eternal Establishment of Righteousness and Peace

During His earthly ministry, Jesus habitually went to the synagogues to teach on the sabbath day. Once in a synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus read from Isaiah 61:1 and stopped at the second half of Isaiah 61:2 which is about the day of vengeance of God (Luke 4:18-19). The reason is that the first coming of the Messiah, who is full of grace and truth, is the fulfillment of the year of the Lord’s favour. The day of vengeance of God is to be fulfilled at the second coming of the Messiah who will bring judgment and eradication of evil. We tend to mistaken that peace is the condition of living in harmony due to absence of struggles and wars. But, true peace must be predicated on righteousness. Otherwise, evil will grow and destroy peace. Melchizedek was the king of Salem which was the old Jerusalem. The name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness" and “king of Salem" means “king of peace" (Hebrews 7:1-2). Genesis recorded that Melchizedek came out to greet Abraham upon his return from a battle to save his nephew Lot who was taken captive along with other victims by four kings: Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar (Genesis 14:16). These kings’ act of taking captive of innocent people was clearly unrighteous and Abraham had to resort to fighting in order to save his nephew. This is a clear illustration that a battle can be a righteous act against unrighteousness. Look at the world today and in history, we see many people have been trying hard to achieve and maintain peaceful living. In realities, struggles are the constant companions of mankind: people against people and nations against nations. True peace has never been achieved because unrighteousness abounds in the world. Jesus is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek and He will establish righteousness and true peace in His Kingdom. Unrighteousness will be eradicated in God’s plan and the powers of nations who are rebellious against Christ’s reign will be crushed and judged (Psalm 110:5-6). Righteousness and peace can be found in nowhere except the Kingdom of God. Unfortunately, many people would not accept the invitation to come to the Kingdom of God. They have different excuses in rejecting the invitation and rather go on their own way and accept what this world may offer (Luke 14:18-20). But, let us continue to bring the good news for those who will gladly accept the King’s invitation.

Isaiah 61:1,2

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,a 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,

Luke 4:18-19

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

Hebrews 7:1-2

1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness"; then also, “king of Salem" means “king of peace."

Genesis 14:16

16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.

Psalm 110:5-6

5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

Luke 14:18-20

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ 19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’


Jesus is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek appointed by God. He is indeed the perfect High Priest reconciling sinners to God. He is not a symbolic being but a true living High Priest who has lived among men and now in heaven and is the only one that can bring us to the Father.

The salvation that is brought about by the High Priest Jesus is true and effective for all who believe: Jews and Gentiles (Romans 1:16). With only one sacrifice, a new covenant of God is fulfilled between God and mankind. Sinners who trust in Jesus are now justified because of His sacrifice. Then the Holy Spirit will come to the justified sinners to make them new creation of God as if their minds and hearts written with the laws of God (Hebrews 10:14-16). What is the essence of the laws of God? The essence of all the laws is to love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). Although the power of God is invisible, it is effective in bringing sinners a revolutionary change inside out (John 3:8). The change in the believer’s life is realized as fruit of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control such that the believer’s life is a practical observance of the laws of God (Galatians 5:22-23). Notice that this is the power and work of God who makes a sinner a new person. In other words, the sinner is re-created into a new being living a life glorying God (2 Corinthians 5:17).

At His second coming to the world, Jesus will bring to judgment of all evils and their supporting powers either of man or satanic nature. When Satan was put to final judgment, the ultimate weapon of Satan which is death will also be destroyed by Christ (Hebrews 2:14-15). Death is the ultimate problem without solution that every human faces. But death has been conquered by Christ and has been nullified by resurrection into life with a glorious future (1 Corinthians 15:22). Jesus will reign in the Kingdom of God forever where there will be no sin, pain, suffering and death (1 Corinthians 15:25-28). How much we should be grateful to our High Priest Jesus Christ who is full of grace and truth!

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Hebrews 10:14-16

14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds."

Matthew 22:37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

John 3:8

8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Hebrews 2:14

14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death - that is, the devil - 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

1 Corinthians 15:22

22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:25-28

25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that “everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.