In my Sunday School class we are currently studying the book of Hebrews. While I was involved in the LDS Church (especially while I was an investigator) the book of Hebrews was often referenced as support for the doctrine of The Melchezidek Priesthood and having earthly high priests serve in this priesthood. Over the past several years my view of what Hebrews is actually saying about The Melchezidek Priesthood and earthly high priests has dramatically changed. It is as if the Lord has opened my eyes and I can really see what He is saying now… and it is nothing like what the LDS Church teaches.
Chapter 8 is full of so much information… verses 1 & 2 say:
“The 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, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.”
This verse tells us 3 things:
1) “The point of what we are saying is this…” The writer of Hebrews is telling us here that EVERYTHING he has been saying up to this point leads to the ONE CRUCIAL POINT he is about to share. In other words, we should really listen!!
2) We have a High Priest now who has sat down at the right hand of The Father. Why does He sit? Because His work is done. Unlike an earthly high priest who had to go into the Holy of Holies year after year to offer animal sacrifices, this high priest has finished His work and is able to sit down in a place of honor, having done a perfect work which is now complete.
3) He serves in a PERFECT SANCTUARY/TRUE TABERNACLE and not in a man made temple. The need for earthly temples is now gone!! Wow… how profound is that??!!
So, who is this one High Priest he is referencing? Verse 28 in the preceding chapter tells us:
“For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.”
Our High Priest is Jesus Christ!!
What is interesting is according to the law there can be only one high priest at a time. Hebrews says nothing to change this position. In fact, it actually confirms this by telling us that the earthly high priest could not fulfill the law and that we now have a perfect High Priest in Jesus Christ who will remain our High Priest forever. We no longer need earthly high priests! We have Jesus Christ as our High Priest who serves us in the Perfect Sanctuary/Tabernacle in Heaven!!
All praise be to my God, Savior, Lord and High Priest Jesus Christ!