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:15 What we have said becomes even clearer if another kind of priest like Melchizedek appears. He did. 7:16



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7:15 What we have said becomes even clearer if another kind of priest like Melchizedek appears. He did. 7:16 But it was not because of any relationship to Levi. Jesus became a priest by the power of a life that has no end. 7:17 For the Bible says about him, ‘You are a priest always, like Melchizedek’ (Psalm 110:4). 7:18 God has put the old law aside, for it was weak and failed in its purpose. 7:19 The old law did not make anything right. God brought in a better hope by which we can approach him.

7:20 Moreover this hope came with a *vow from God. By the old law, men became priests without a *vow. 7:21 Jesus became a priest with a *vow. God said to him, ‘The *Lord has made a *vow and will not change his mind. You are a priest always (Psalm 110:4)’. 7:22 So Jesus has been able to make a better and a more certain agreement with God on our behalf.

7:23 Now there have been many priests of the old law. They could not continue to be priests when they died. 7:24 But Jesus lives always, and so he will always be a priest. 7:25 Therefore he is able to make perfect all who come to God by him. This is because he always lives to pray for them.

7:26 We need such a chief priest as Jesus. He is holy, pure, and has no shame, for he has never *sinned. God took him away from those who *sin and he is now above the heavens. 7:27 Jesus does not need to make sacrifices every day as the other chief priests did. They had to do so, first for their own *sins and then for the *sins of the people. Jesus did this once for all time when he sacrificed himself for us. He did not need to do this on his own behalf, for he was perfect and without *sin. 7:28 The law makes men chief priests, but they are weak. The *vow of God, which came later than the law, makes the Son the chief priest. He is perfect and lives always.


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