Sermons on Priest

Sermons on Priest

Revelation 1:9-20

In Revelation 1:9-20 John hears a voice and is confronted with the glory of the speaker. Why heed the revelation found in this book? Because the one who gives it is incomprehensibly glorious. He is the radiantly pure high priest by whom we approach God. He is the judge of all the earth whose eyes are like flames of fire and from whose mouth comes a sharp two edged sword. His appearance is like the sun shining in all its…

Hebrews 7:1-28

Christ’s work as priest is not limited to his sacrifice on the cross. He continues to serve as priest having been raised from the dead. He is the priest forever after the order of Melchizedek and pleads the merits of his blood on behalf of his people.

Hebrews 8:1-9:14

Jesus is our great High Priest, through whom the way has been opened to God. How was this way opened? Through his death. Christ is both the priest and the sacrifice whereby we are cleansed from our sins and enabled to approach God without fear.

Zechariah 6:9-15

In Zechariah 6:9-15 the prophet prophesies of a glorious King, called “the Branch” who will reign as a glorious priest-king. He will build the house of the Lord as promised to David. This refers to none other than Jesus Christ who has built the true house for God in the incarnation and by building up the church with living stones, and who will build the new heavens and the new earth as the ultimate house wherein God will dwell with…

1 Samuel 2:27-36

In 1 Samuel 2:27-36 a man of God confronts Eli about the sins of his sons and by extension Eli’s own sins. He pronounces a word of judgment against Eli but also promises that God will raise up a faithful priest after God’s own heart. Samuel is the type of the faithful priest, which ultimately refers to the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Samuel 2:11-26

In 1 Samuel 2:11-26 two different kinds of priests are contrasted. On the one hand is Samuel with his godly mother supporting him. On the other hand are the sexually immoral and impious sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas. As Samuel provides a contrast between two kinds of kings, so too it teaches that there are two kinds of priests. Christ is the fulfillment of this priesthood, being not only the king after God’s own heart, but the priest after…

Hebrews 1-13

The genre of the book of Hebrews is self described as a “word of exhortation”, which was a phrase used in the ancient church to describe a sermon.  Therefore, it is good to consider the letter as a whole. Pastor Grasso reads the letter as a sermon.

Hebrews 10:11-18

In Hebrews 10:11-18 the author brings the longest theological section of the book to a close. Summing up his previous arguments he notes that the priests stand each day offering the same sacrifices that cannot take away sins, whereas Christ has once and for all been seated at the right hand of the Father, having definitively completed His work. All of this forms the basis for the exhortations to follow: Since we have a great high priest, let us hold…

Hebrews 9:23-28

In Hebrews 9:23-28 the author explains the cleansing power of Christ’s blood. Pastor Grasso explains the distinction between propitiation and expiation to understand these two elements of the atonement. Propitiation is the satisfaction of God’s wrath. Expiation is cleansing from sin. Christ’s blood, however, has a cosmic element to its cleansing. As Adam’s fall resulted in the world being subject to corruption, so too, in Christ’s death, the world is cleansed so as to bring forth a new creation.

Hebrews 9:15-22

In Hebrews 9:15-22 the author explains the significance of Christ being the mediator of the new covenant. As the mediator of the covenant He had to die to instituted the testamentary aspect of the covenant. Is the new covenant a testament? Yes, because it grants the right to an inheritance. The glory of the mediator is seen in that by His blood this inheritance is now in place for His people and by that same blood He has cleansed us…

Hebrews 9:11-14

In Hebrews 9:11-14 the author to the Hebrews shows that Christ’s ministry in the better and more perfect tent, the tent not of this creation, made without hands has opened the way to God and cleanses the worshipper in order to give him a clear conscience before God. What could not be done under the old covenant has been accomplished by Christ in the new.

Hebrews 9:1-10

In Hebrews 9:1-10 the author explains the basics of the ministry of the priests in the tabernacle and shows that the tabernacle ministry points to the ministry of Christ while also indicating that the way to God has not yet been opened.  Shadow must give way to substance if the people of God are to approach Him. The levitical ministry also was unable to perfect the worshipper in regard to his conscience.  What could not be done in the old…
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