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AFTER THE RISING OF CHRIST

 

Rev 5:12  saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"

 

Notice the scripture above states that Christ was given power, among other things after He was raised.

 

Act 7:55  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,

Act 7:56  and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"

 

Because Christ was physical, and has experienced life as we do, He can understand our weaknesses and our temptations, and the difficulties we face as humans and now He is in the role of High Priest and He intercedes for us.

 

Rom 8:34  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

 

Heb 1:3  who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

 

Notice this next scripture, this exalted position belongs to Christ alone, no one else has qualified for this position except Him

 

Heb 1:13  But to which of the angels has He ever said: "SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL"?

 

Christ is the only one who is worthy to remove the seals of the book of Revelation and therefore it is impossible to understand the book unless Christ reveals it.

 

Rev 5:2  Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"

Rev 5:3  And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

Rev 5:4  So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

Rev 5:5  But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."

 

Rev 5:7  Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Rev 5:8  Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Rev 5:9  And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

Rev 5:10  And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."

Rev 5:11  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

Rev 5:12  saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"

Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"

Rev 5:14  Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

 

One of the roles that Christ has now, is that of High Priest. Remember that His sojourn on earth taught Him about the physical life and how humans are tested and tempted and how difficult it is for humans.

 

Heb 4:15  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

Heb 5:8  though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

 

It is comforting to know that Christ understands how we feel about everything, because He was tempted in all things.

 

Christ is a High Priest in the priestly order of Melchizedec.

 

Heb 5:6  As He also says in another place: "YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK";

 

This above verse has caused many to ponder on its meaning. The correct meaning of the verse is that Christ is in a priestly order, He is in the order of the Melchisedec priesthood.

Just as we have the physical Levitical priesthood on earth, there is a spiritual priesthood order called the Melchisedec order.

 

Christ is in that order of Priests, He is the High Priest. Christ is above Melchisedec.

 

To help explain this a little further, there is an account in the bible, which also talks about a priestly order.

 

That of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, he belonged to the priestly order of Abijah.

 

Luk 1:5  There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.

 

Within this order of priests, each priest was given certain tasks to perform, this is one of the meanings of a priestly order.

 

Luk 1:8  So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,

Luk 1:9  according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

 

After Christ was raised He taught the disciples for forty days concerning the Kingdom of God.

 

Act 1:3  to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

 

He then returned to heaven to the Father.

 

Mar 16:19  So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

 

He is our merciful High Priest.

 

Heb 2:17  Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

 

Heb 4:14  Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

 

Heb 7:26  For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;