Psalm 110:4 Priestood, By Faith

Psalm 110:4 Priestood, By Faith

The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”

Psalm 110:4

I am not a priest, and although I’ve always been drawn to serving God full time, He has chosen a different path for me.

Instead of a white collar, our Lord put dog tags around my neck, and He replaced the pulpit with the World Wide Web.

While God did not give me a microphone, He provided an audience larger than any building could hold.

So today, our Lord led me to delve into the profound message of Psalm 110:4, a verse that not only highlights the eternal nature of the priesthood but also reveals the unique and unparalleled role of our Lord Jesus Christ as our High Priest. The psalmist writes, “The Lord has sworn And will not relent, You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.” This verse speaks volumes about God’s unwavering promise and the everlasting priesthood of Christ.

The Divine Oath

First and foremost, we must acknowledge the gravity of the divine oath mentioned in this passage. “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind.” This phrase emphasizes the immutability of God’s promise. Unlike human beings, who may falter and break their promises, God’s word is steadfast and unchangeable. When God makes a promise, it is eternal and unbreakable. This divine oath underscores the certainty and reliability of God’s plan for our salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Order of Melchizedek

The reference to Melchizedek is significant and warrants our attention. Melchizedek, a somewhat mysterious figure, appears in Genesis 14:18-20 as the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High. He blesses Abram and receives tithes from him, symbolizing his superior and eternal priesthood. Unlike the Levitical priests, whose priesthood was based on lineage and was temporary, Melchizedek’s priesthood is characterized by its timelessness and direct appointment by God.

The order of Melchizedek is unique because it transcends the temporal and the hereditary. It points to a priesthood that is eternal and based on righteousness and peace. Jesus, as our High Priest, belongs to this order. His priesthood is not dependent on earthly lineage but on the divine appointment by God. This establishes Jesus as the ultimate and everlasting High Priest.

Jesus: Our Eternal High Priest

Jesus Christ embodies the eternal priesthood described in Psalm 110:4. His priesthood is not bound by time or human limitations. Unlike the Levitical priests who had to offer sacrifices repeatedly, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect and final sacrifice once and for all. Hebrews 7:27 states, “He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has secured eternal redemption for us.

Furthermore, as our High Priest, Jesus continually intercedes for us before the Father. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” This ongoing intercession is a testament to His everlasting priesthood. Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father, is our advocate, constantly mediating on our behalf.

The Implications for Believers

Understanding Jesus’ eternal priesthood has profound implications for our lives as believers. Firstly, it assures us of our secure and eternal salvation. Because Jesus’ priesthood is forever, our salvation is secure in Him. We can have confidence in our relationship with God, knowing that Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient for all time.

Secondly, Jesus’ priesthood calls us to a life of holiness and service. As followers of Christ, we are called to be a royal priesthood, as stated in 1 Peter 2:9. We are invited to participate in His priestly ministry by offering our lives as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God (Romans 12:1). This means living out our faith through acts of love, service, and devotion.

Lastly, Jesus’ priesthood provides us with a model of compassionate intercession. Just as Jesus intercedes for us, we are called to pray and intercede for others. We are to carry each other’s burdens and support one another in prayer, reflecting the heart of our High Priest.

In conclusion, Psalm 110:4 reveals the profound truth of Jesus’ eternal priesthood. God’s unchanging promise, the order of Melchizedek, and the eternal ministry of Christ assure us of our secure salvation and call us to a life of holiness and intercession. Let us embrace this truth and live out our calling as a royal priesthood, serving God and others with unwavering faith and love.

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Father God;
We thank you for your presence in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom bestowed upon David,
And we ask you Lord to help us find joy in your perfect plan.

Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through your Word, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by the truth as we spread the good news to one and all,
And lead the lost to You.

God we pray that you will continue to bless us,
To bless our lives and fill us with hope.
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and our place with you in Heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.

May your will be done, here on Earth and through the vast Universe,
May our hearts be filled with your everlasting love and grace.
Praises to You God, Amen!

This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre

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Daniel St.Pierre

Daniel St.Pierre is a born again child of God. A Canadian immigrant to the United States, Daniel considers himself "blessed to be a blessing" as the ministry he leads continues to reach thousands of souls each month, on a global scale since 2003.