• A Sworn Oath to David

    Psalm 110

    We do not serve a king who is far off and unacquainted with our creaturely state. Rather, we have a Priest-King who has shared the human condition and has experienced the things we have experienced, albeit without sin (Heb. 2 ...Read More

  • Melchizedek Blesses Abraham

    Genesis 14:17–20

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage: “The same Person, therefore, who was constituted the only and eternal Priest, in order that he might reconcile us to God, and who, having made expiation, might intercede for us, is also a ...Read More

  • The Levitical Priests

    Jeremiah 33:17–18

    Even on those occasions when God does not reveal conditions explicitly, we can be sure that His ultimate blessings work through the means of our faith and repentance. This faith and repentance is not something we create but is rather ...Read More

  • David and Ahimelech

    1 Samuel 21:1–9

    The letter of the Law is not unimportant, but it can never be followed at the expense of the spirit of the Law. This can be difficult and is fraught with peril, for it can be easy to claim to ...Read More

  • The New and Living Way

    Hebrews 10:19–20

    Most of the old covenant saints could never enter into the Holy of Holies. Even the high priest who could enter could do so only once a year. But through Christ, we can enter God’s presence daily in our ...Read More

  • Not Repeatedly

    Hebrews 9:25–26

    The predictability of daily life can make it easy to forget that we have been living in the last days since Christ came. This final era may have been extended longer than expected, yet it is here now. Take some ...Read More

  • Into Holy Places

    Hebrews 9:23–24

    The high priests of old entered into a presence that had only the types and symbols of the immediate presence of God. But Christ, the God-man and Mediator of the new covenant, has entered into the direct, immediate presence of ...Read More

  • New Covenant Mediator

    Hebrews 9:15

    Jesus has come to be our Mediator, to bear our punishment for sin, and to guarantee our salvation. But this salvation from sin is only part of our inheritance. In His abundant grace, God has made us inheritors of the ...Read More

  • But Once a Year

    Hebrews 9:6–7

    No one intends to rush into sin at first. John Calvin reminds us that “men never deliberately rush headlong into ruin, but being entangled in the deceptions of Satan, they lose the power of judging rightly.” Pray that you would ...Read More

  • Better Promises

    Hebrews 8:6

    In the old covenant, God was pleased to speak to His people through the mouths of others. But in the new covenant, He came to earth and spoke to us directly in Jesus Christ who is the very incarnation of ...Read More

  • An Unstained Priest

    Hebrews 7:26

    If we had to fulfill the requirements of God ourselves, we would never make it. Only because we can be counted righteous through faith in Christ do we have any hope of avoiding the punishment for our sin. Are you ...Read More

  • A Permanent Priesthood

    Hebrews 7:23–24

    With the temple still standing in Jerusalem, it was hard for the original audience of Hebrews to believe that Christ brought its necessity to an end. But truth does not depend on whether something is easy to believe or not ...Read More

  • Not Without an Oath

    Hebrews 7:20–21

    God has sworn that Christ will most certainly be High Priest forever. His covenant will never pass away. We never have to fear if we trust in Christ alone because He will make us holy and He will vindicate us ...Read More

  • A Priest Forever

    Hebrews 7:15–17

    If you are a Christian, God has imputed the righteousness of Christ to you. Thus, you are part of the kingdom of God. One day, righteousness will be not only a declared reality, but, when we are glorified, we will ...Read More

  • A Priest from Judah

    Hebrews 7:13–14

    We serve Christ as the sovereign King seated at the right hand of the Father. But this sovereign King also serves as High Priest, interceding on our behalf. The kings of this world would never express such concerns for their ...Read More