“Priest Above All Priests–6 Characteristics of His Superiority” by Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)

Priest Above All Priests—6 Characteristics of His Superiority

By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 7:1-28

Key Verses: Hebrews 7:25-26

“Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it is fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens.”

There is a lot of information packed into the chapters of Hebrews and the author repeats himself frequently, writing in a style that emphasizes by repetition with the goal of teaching how superior Jesus was above all other priests before Him. This chapter outlines numerous ways that Jesus is set apart from the other high priests.

These verses emphasize that Jesus was superior because of the following:

  1. He was appointed by God and not by men.
  2. He was sworn in by an oath of God “according to the power of an indestructible life” (v.6).
  3. He guaranteed a better covenant (v.22)—“a better hope through which we draw near to God.” (v.29)
  4. His priesthood is permanent:

–because He “abides forever” (v.24)

–because he is “able to save forever,” making “intercession for them” (v.5)

  1. He is “holy”—the Son of God, “exalted above the heavens.”
  2. He is without sin, “innocent,” “undefiled” (v.26)

Jesus, priest above all priests, is our High Priest forever; He intercedes for us. Having suffered and experienced living as a man, being divine yet having humbled himself to our level, he understands our needs and empathizes with us. He is our perfect example of how to live in faith. As Heavenly High Priest, he is our teacher, counselor, comforter, intercessor—there is no one superior to Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I, too, could not help but repeat the information in this chapter of Hebrews. The servant leader that you were on earth, the holy, High Priest that you are and always will be forevermore—you are superior to all. Praise your Holy Name!

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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