SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON ( AUGUST 22. 2021 )

( HEBREWS 7:11-15 )

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? ( 12 ) FOR THE PRIESTHOOD BEING CHANGED, THERE IS MADE OF NECESSITY A CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW. ( 13 ) FOR HE OF WHOM THESE THINGS ARE SPOKEN PERTAINETH TO ANOTHER TRIBE, OF WHICH NO MAN GAVE ATTENDANCE AT THE ALTER. ( 14 ) FOR IT IS EVIDENT THAT OUR LORD SPRANG OUT OF JUDA; OF WHICH TRIBE MOSES SPAKE NOTHING CONCERNING PRIESTHOOD ( 15 ) 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.

There’s a verse of scripture I’d like to point out here:

( 1 Corinthians 2:7 )

But we speak the wisdom of of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.

As we read these verses in ( Hebrews 7 ); God the Father didn’t make things simple for the world to see. Even when ( we as born again believers ) seek to know truth, we must be willing to find that ( hidden wisdom ) ( those mysteries ). The phrase, ( before the world unto his glory ) means, it’s right in front of the world, they simply can’t see it. The simplicity of the Gospel of Christ is all around but, who can see it? It first must be a willingness to know! A desire to hear from God the Father! A heart to receive him and, to know truth. We’ve looked at the point that ( perfection ) cannot come through the Levitical law. Man cannot perfectly keep that law. Actually, the whole reason that God gave the law was to prove that point to man. ( Galatians 3:24-25 )

WHEREFORE THE LAW WAS OUR SCHOOLMASTER TO BRING US UNTO CHRIST, THAT WE MIGHT BE JUSTIFIED BY FAITH. ( 25 ) BUT AFTER THAT FAITH IS COME, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A SCHOOLMASTER.

We see in ( verse 25 ) that after faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. We also see in the verses we read in ( Hebrews ) that ( our Lord ) sprang out of Juda, which had nothing to do with the priesthood. Jesus Christ, our High Priest came after the ( similitude of Melchisedec ) not after anything pertaining to the priesthood of Aaron. Not after a carnal commandment but, ( THE POWER OF AN ENDLESS LIFE )!

So, where does this place us or, leave us? Can I draw a spiritual picture, with words to make the point that he is making? Let’s first go back to Abram or Abraham which is the same person just at different times in his life. I mention Abram because when he met Melchisedec, he was still called Abram. We can see here, even at this time that Abram had faith, he trusted God and, sought to be pleasing to him.

The Bible says concerning Abraham this:

( Romans 4:3 )

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. ( 4 ) Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. ( 5 ) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Looking at the whole life of this man ( Abram or Abraham ) he never had any law. He did however, have faith in the God that created all things. Because of that faith, God gave him righteousness. We can say that ( his faith ) came after to order of Melchisedec. ( Personally )I believe that ( Melchisedec ) was God in a body of flesh. You don’t have to believe that but, I do! We do know this:

( John 1:!4 )

AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US, ( AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, ) FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.

That, as far as we that are born again, believe by faith just as Abraham believed by faith and, it was counted unto him for righteousness, just as it is us! Now, I want you to see something that we hear very little about. As we read here in ( Hebrews ) we clearly can see this. There is a distinct difference in ( the priest ) made after the similitude of Melchisedec and ( the priest ) made after the similitude of Aaron. We see there are priest made after the carnal law and, a priest made after ( the power of and endless life ).

Jesus Christ is that Priest! Therefore, why would we even seek to keep a law that was never designed for us? I showed you a verse in ( Galatians ) that shows the reason for that law. It was actually given to the Hebrew children, not to Gentiles.

( Roman 3: 2 )

Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

That is the only advantage they have, if you can call that an advantage. However, that very same law also shows each of us that we are sinners and in need of a Savior. That is an advantage for every man. The ability to see what and who we are. Let’s consider something here. Let’s say that every person that the Apostle Paul is speaking to in Hebrews, be jews actually seen and met Jesus Christ in the flesh. Can you see that; that fact does not mean that even one of them are born again? Can you see that; it they, from that point sought to ( keep the law ) seeking to be pleasing to God by doing so, that all they were doing was vain?

In that sense, they are no different than we are when we seek to keep the law to be pleasing to God. The Apostle Paul is trying to get them to see this point. We need to see the very same thing. As I make this next statement, consider what I’m saying. Very often in our Churches we seek to teach people ( how to ) live a good ( Christian life ). We teach them the ( do nots ) in Christian living but, we hear very little about the ( to do’s ). Another way to say it is like this. We’re taught about ( the sins of commission ) but, not much about the ( sin of ommission ). Often our Churches get caught in the legal aspect of ( the law ) and can’t see or, are not thaught the truth about actually knowing Jesus Christ as their savior.

When we come to the realization that we cannot keep the law that make us sinners and, we can except Christ by faith. We are doing exactly the same thing that Abraham did, even before the law. Now, look at these verses:.

( John 15:10-14 )

IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY FATHER’S COMMANDS, AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE. ( 11 ) THESE THINGS HAVE I SPOKEN UNTO YOU, THAT MY JOY MIGHT REMAIN IN YOU, AND THAT YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL .( 12 ) THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT, THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. ( 13 ) GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. ( 14 ) YE ARE MY FRIENDS, IF YE DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU.

In those verses; who did Jesus Christ say ( kept the Father’s commands )? How did Jesus Christ abide in the father’s love? He kept his commandments. How do we abide in the love of Christ? By abiding in his love. And, keeping his commandments. We didn’t keep the ( ten commandments ) Jesus Christ did! We can’t. There’s a lot of spiritual points to be made here. This is what I’d like to point out first.

( Romans 5:5 )

AND HOPE MAKETH NOT ASHAMED; BECAUSE THE LOVE OF GOD IS SHED ABROAD IN OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO US.

I try my best to help people see the vast difference in ( calling yourself a Christian ) and actually being ( born again ). When any person is born again, at that very moment, the very love of God is placed within their hearts. The very same love that Christ understood. Now, just because that love is within me, do I have to allow that love to be seen? Look at what he said. ( Greater love hath no man that he lay down his life for his friend ). That my friend is a choice. Jesus Christ made that choice! We are not speaking of dying on the cross of Calvary, we are speaking of the ability to yield yourself to the love that is now within you, even to death if necessary.

( In my personal opinion ) although the death on the cross was a very hard thing to face for Jesus Christ, it could be considered a ( piece of cake ) as far as he, being able his whole life to show forth the ( love of God ) in every circumstanse he faced while he lived among men.

Let’s take this one step farther. When we speak of the ( LOVE OF GOD ); HOW DOES THAT RELATE TO THE LAW? The Bible says that:

( 1 John 4:8 )

HE THAT LOVETH NOT KNOWETH NOT GOD; FOR GOD IS LOVE.

Can we also say that ( since ) ( God is love ) then ( love is righteous )? Therefore, if I love you with a Godly love,; how then can I steal from you? How can I lie to you? How can I commit adultery against you, taking your wife or husband? How can I kill you? One of the greatest battles we , as born again believers fight is allowing God’s love to be seen in all that we do.

Abraham believed God! Does that mean that Abraham was perfect in his flesh as it pertains to the law, as in the law given to Moses? No, it doesn’t! It has nothing to do with keeping the law but rather growing spiritually as our lives unfold. If you walk with Abraham through his life you will see this as it develops. We all are the same way. The day we are born again we simply begin our spiritual journey. As we grow in grace we slowly shed off our fleshly weaknesses and also allow God’s love to flow out of our very being.

For instance, God loves, even those that hate him and, he is very willing to give them salvation simply for the asking. That is something we, as believers have to grow to develop. When we are first saved, we don’t have that ability and, might always fight with that concept but, speaking as for myself, I have no hate now for people that strike out at me, I love them and still seek to share truth with them.

In all that I say, I’m simply pointing out the difference in the ( law of Christ ) and the ( law of Moses ). The law condemns but, Jesus gives life!

( John 1:17 )

FOR THE LAW WAS GIVEN BY MOSES, BUT GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST.

Every since the events that took place in the Garden of Eden, mankind has deserved ( hell ). Everything that God has done has pointed and, proven that fact. At the very same time, the grace of God has always been available for man simply by ( believing ). I’d like to make one more point that I believe is important to understand and, I’ll use this verse to do so:

( 1 Corinthians 10:23 )

ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL FOR ME, BUT ALL THINGS ARE NOT EXPEDIENT: ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL FOR ME, BUT ALL THINGS EDIFY NOT.

In this verse the Apostle Paul is speaking to ( supposingly ) born again believers. If you will study this book, you will see they were living very carnal lives meaning they basically lived as people that were not saved. When we consider salvation and, the fact that it’s not based on keeping the law, the life they lived had nothing to do with their salvation did it? However, for what purpose were they living ( after they were saved )? Can you see how, if we live as we please, we are seen as no different than the people we say we desire to help? If I desire for my life to edify Jesus Christ then I must allow ( the love shed abroad in my heart ) to be seen through my flesh. If I desire to expedite his love to others then, although I might be able to do as I please and still be saved, I cannot live like my flesh might desire and be someone that points people to Christ.

If you hate me and, I hate you back, what’s the difference in us? If you curse me and, I curse you back, what the difference in us?

In closing, I’ll share this story about me. I was preaching a message once in a little country Church, seeking to make this very point. As I preached, I walked out into the congregation, down an isle, right in front of two ladies. I told them that befoere I was born again, I could curse with the best of men. I shared that every one of those words were still within me, I knew them all and, could still say them if I chose to! I asked, would you like to hear them? They nodded their heads ( no ). The Church got a kick out of that!

However, that is a fact! The point is that, me being a born again believer, it’s expedient that I keep myself as much ( like Christ ) as possible. Why? That I might be a vessel for his use and, not for this world!

Marshall Clayton

2 Timothy 1:7

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