CONTEXT: For an in-depth summary of this chapter there is none better than Dr. John Gill. A brief or concise summary by Matthew Henry states; A comparison between the priesthood of Melchizedec and that of Christ. (1-3) The excellence of Christ’s priesthood above the Levitical priesthood is shown. (4-10) This is applied to Christ. (11-25) The faith and hope of the church encouraged from this. (26-28)
Our text for today, lands in the third natural break in the reading of this chapter (v.11-25). The writer of Hebrews upon Christ’s superior Priesthood. Greater than Melchisedec, representing the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant/Testament priesthood was flawed by sinful man and not eternal. Christ’s priesthood is sinless, perfect, eternal, and most importantly declared so by God.
The Doctrine of Salvation found in this verse is amazing. As the perfect priest, intercessor, all who would be saved, that is all who would go to God, need to go through the Son, Christ Jesus that come unto God by him. Yet we know from John 6:44, that no one would come to Christ unless the Father sends them to Him. Then there is John 16:8-14 that says without the Holy Spirit convicting mankind of their sin they would never even acknowledge God.
Confused, do not be this is God’s Amazing Grace at work, the Triune Godhead plan to save sinners. Remember as I have said countless times It is always about God and never about us. AMEN! We add nothing to the equation, contribute nothing to God’s plan, we are truly sinners saved by Grace Alone.
Dr. Gills comments on v.25: Christ is able to save all the world, were it his will; but not his absolute power is designed by his ability, but that power which by his will is put into act; and reaches not to all men, for all are not saved; and those that are, are described by special characters, as here; they are such who come to God, not essentially considered, but personally, or in the person of the Father; and not as an absolute God, but as in Christ; not as on a throne of justice, but as on a throne of grace and mercy; not only as Christ’s Father, but as theirs; and not only as the God of nature and providence, but as the God of grace: and this act of coming to him is a fruit of his everlasting love; an effect of Christ’s death; is peculiar to regenerate persons; takes in the whole service of God, especially prayer; is not local but spiritual, it is by faith; and supposes spiritual life, and implies a sense of need, and of God’s ability and willingness to help: the medium, or mean, by which such come to God, is Christ. Man had access to God in his state of innocence, but sinning, was not admitted; there is no approaching now unto him without a middle person; Christ is the Mediator, who having made peace, atoned for sin, satisfied justice, and brought in an everlasting righteousness, introduces his people into God’s presence; in whom their persons and services are accepted, and through whom all blessings are communicated to them: