Daily Devotional Materials
Sixth Sunday after Trinity
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Such an high priest became us who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. – Hebrews 7:26.
The high priest of the Church of God in the Old Testament had three duties to perform. In the first place, he had to see that the people kept the Law of God. Secondly, he had to sacrifice for the sins of the people. Thirdly, he had to pray for the people. All this was imperfect. For, in the first place, the high priest could not keep the Law of God himself. So, secondly, he had to sacrifice for himself also. And what did he sacrifice? Beasts. And thirdly, he himself was in need of intercession. The high priests of the Old Testament were but shadows and types of the true High Priest. “Such an high priest became us who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.” And Him we have. Christ is our true and only High Priest. In the first place, seeing that we cannot keep the Law of God, He keeps it for us. “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5.) Secondly, He sacrificed for our sins – what? –Himself. “Christ His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree,” (1 Peter 2:24.) “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29.) “This He did once.” (Hebrews 7:27.) In doing so, all was accomplished. Thirdly, He continually intercedes for us before His heavenly Father, pleading the atonement which He has wrought. “If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2.) Dear Christian, put your trust wholly and solely in this High Priest.
PRAYER. – My Lord and Savior, my only High Priest, how merciful art Thou! Thou hast fulfilled the burdensome Law for me. Thou hast sacrificed Thyself for me. Thou dost, at all times, intercede for me. In Thee, in Thee alone, will I trust. Thou will do it, Thou wilt save me. Amen.
JESUS, my great High Priest,
Offered His blood and died;
My guilty conscience seeks
No sacrifice beside.
His powerful blood did once atone,
And now it pleads before the throne.
To this dear Surety’s hand
Will I commit my cause;
He answers and fulfills
His Father’s broken laws.
Behold my soul at freedom set;
My Surety paid the dreadful debt.
My Advocate appears
For my defence on high;
The Father bows His ears,
And lays His thunder by.
Not all that hell or sin can say
Shall turn His heart, His love away.
Should all the hosts of death,
And powers of hell unknown,
Put their most dreadful forms
Of rage an mischief on,
I shall be safe, for Christ displays
Superior power and guardian grace.
Hymn 244. (ELHB)
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
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