08: Christ, Our Priest – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Priest November 20, 2013] 1. We have a high priest. Would our church be accepted by more people if we had priests over us? Why or why not? Why was Christ inaugurated as the high priest after, not before, His crucifixion? Since Christ is God, how can you and I, being the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The One Sacrifice
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As we have seen, a crucial purpose of the earthly sanctuary service was to reveal—in symbols, in types, in mini-prophecies—the death and high priestly ministry of Jesus. Sin is something too terrible to be solved merely by the death of animals (as sad and unfortunate as those deaths are). Instead, all of that spilled blood … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Great High Priest
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What do the following texts reveal about Christ’s ministry as High Priest? Heb. 2:17-8; 3:6; 4:14-15; 7:24–28; 8:1–3. Jesus is the “great High Priest” (Heb. 4:14, NKJV). He is superior to all high priests and rulers of earth. The Bible assigns a number of qualities to Jesus as great High Priest: Merciful and faithful. The … [Click to read more …]

Martin Pröbstle’s Introduction to “Christ Our Priest”
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Martin Pröbstle’s introduction to Lesson 8, is now available through the SanctuaryLesson.org domain on Vimeo. Thanks to the work of a small team of volunteers at Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen (link to video tour), a Seventh-day Adventist seminary in Austria, we can invite Dr Pröbstle himself into our homes or our Sabbath School classes to introduce … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Advocate and Intercessor
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Read Romans 8:31–34. What great hope and promise is offered us here? The background of verses 31-24 is a courtroom scene in which we should visualize ourselves on trial. Questions are asked: Who is against us? Who will bring a charge against us? Who condemns us? Such a situation could easily send shivers down our … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: Christ, our Sacrifice
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Further Study: “The Atonement, Part I—Atoning Sacrifice,” pp. 661-680, in Appendix C of The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7A. What Martin Luther frequently called a “wonderful exchange” or “joyous exchange” of Christ’s righteousness for human sin, Ellen G. White describes in a classic statement as follows: “Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Great Danger
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In the book of Hebrews, Paul not only focuses on the theological understanding of Christ’s sacrifice, he also explains some of its practical implications. At several places he shows what happens if someone ignores this sacrifice. Read Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26-31. About what is Paul warning us? What kinds of attitudes does he describe? In … [Click to read more …]