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A Perfect Fellowship Between God and the Worshiper

Depending upon the quality of relationships that you’ve had on earth, there are some people that you click with instantly. Typically this connection stems from sharing common hobbies, interests or life experiences. Sometimes you may become so comfortable around these new friends that you’ll reveal secrets that you’ve never told anyone before. If this kinship lasts for an extended period of time, you’ll enter into a special kind of fellowship.

Now if perfection (a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper) had been attainable by the Levitical priesthood—for under it the people were given the Law—why was it further necessary that there should arise another and different kind of Priest, one after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one appointed after the order and rank of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is of necessity an alteration of the law [concerning the priesthood] as well, Hebrews 7:11-12.

The author of Hebrews refers to a spiritual fellowship. Not just any kind, but a perfection connection between God and the worshiper. However, to explain this concept, the Old Testament is referenced to provide the history of Levitical priests. Rather than go into specific details, the author points to a former King of Salem. This mysterious figure served as a High Priest whom Abraham tithed 1/10 of his spoils as a token of appreciation for Melchizedek.

What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).And we are now writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be full [and [f]your joy may be complete], 1 John 1:3-4.

One of Jesus’ disciples illustrates what a perfect fellowship resembles in the passage above. John is likely referring to the special bond formed between first century Christians. Rather than go to a priest at the nearest temple every time you sinned, we now have a mediator in Jesus who will go directly to God on our behalf, 1 Timothy 2:5. This sets the stage for a perfect fellowship between God and the worshiper. Therefore, the next time you participate in a worship service, clear your conscience so that you might experience a perfect fellowship with God.

by Jay Mankus

A Steadfast Anchor of the Soul

When the imagery of an anchor is used in the Bible, this often represents hope. In the first century, Roman vessels carried several anchors, which were attached to the stern as well as to the bow. The Bible refers to storms on the Sea of Galilee which seem to pop up out of no where, without warning. When trapped in one of these sudden squalls, multiple anchors were lowered to stabilize a boat. However, since fishermen don’t know how long a storm will last, there is where hope and faith come into play.

[Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot [c]break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches [d]farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Hebrews 6:19.

The beginning of Hebrews 6 starts with an immature believer who is still struggling to grasp the Elementary principles of Christianity. Apparently, the author is referring individuals who keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Whether an addiction or bad habit, this behavior is found in people who pray for forgiveness before indulging their fleshly desires. If this blog finds you consumed by doubt, James 1:5-6, let Jesus be a steadfast anchor for your sinking ship.

Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance], a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order (with [e]the rank) of Melchizedek, Hebrews 6:20.

Before concluding this chapter, the author compares Jesus with the King of Salem in the Old Testament. Melchizedek was a great high priest who sinners could go to and approach in their time of need. Back in Hebrews 4:14-16, Jesus is a modern day Melchizedek who is able to sympathize with human beings, tempted in every way just as we are, but was without sin. This is why anytime an unexpected hurricane arrives, let Jesus be a steadfast anchor for your soul.

by Jay Mankus

Making A Deal with the King of Sodom

From time to time, you might find yourself in a precarious situation.  When under pressure, you might make a rash decision, forcing the issue without thinking about the consequences of an action.  Before you pull the trigger in the future, perhaps its better to wait and see if Lord is in agreement until making a deal with the King of Sodom.

After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh, Genesis 14:17.

As one king came to meet Abram, another, the King of Salem brought bread and wine.  Serving as a priest of the Most High God, Melchizedek blessed Abram and give him a tenth of everything he had.  This visit provided Abram with the assurance of deliverance, that God would be faithful to protect God’s people from their enemies.  The thought of a potential compromise was no longer necessary.

That I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich, Genesis 14:23.

This passage of the Old Testament teaches a valuable life lesson.  If you place your trust solely in the Lord, you won’t be obligated to another party or person.  Like Jesus’ words in the Our Father, Matthew 6:9-15, our hope should be placed in Christ alone to provide daily bread.  Therefore, do not waver in your faith as temptation approaches.  Rather, follow the words of Proverbs 3:5-6 so that you won’t be swayed by deals from the king of Sodom.

by Jay Mankus

 

 

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