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9 And [kai] being made perfect [teleioo], he became [ginomai] the author [aitios] of eternal [aionios] salvation [soteria] unto all [pas] them that obey [hupakouo] him [autos];
10 Called [prosagoreuo] of [hupo] God [theos] an high priest [archiereus] after [kata] the order [taxis] of Melchisedec [Melchisedek]. KJV-Interlinear
9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. NASB
Jesus Christ was completed in His mission (being made perfect) in that He came and did that which He intended to do.
He lived His early life in private and never failed. If He had failed in any way, then Satan would have documented it and history would have ceased with Satan's victory.
Jesus completed his 3 ½ year ministry with accelerated pressures being pressed upon Him.
He went through six trials and beatings from nine a.m. until just before noon, and then to the Cross where He was judged in three hours of total darkness from noon until three o'clock.
He, Jesus Christ, went into the grave and after three days, arose resurrected, ascended into heaven, and was seated at the right hand of the Father. Thus perfected. His mission completed and now He has become historically our one great High Priest, giving each one of us access to the Father through Himself.
Justice demands a price be paid for sin. It matters not who pays that price so long as that price is paid in full. Death is that price. Only one person could die for our sins and then return back from death. Only one person pursued the path of righteousness or the path that offers man restoration, from separation from God. No other religion addresses mans separation and mans restoration in the proper manner - satisfying both righteousness and justice.
Some (if not all) religions seek to gain access back to God through mans own efforts and by means of mans own standards. But mans efforts are futile and fall far short of Gods requirements. Sin causes one to die, permanently separated from God, and then if possible one has to come back on ones own power from death in order to live. A person would have to be God Himself to be able to do that. None of us possess that capability, of course.
By His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus opened the way of eternal salvation. All the priests of all time could not provide eternal salvation for even one person, nor pay the price for even a single sin. But by one act, one offering, one sacrifice, Jesus Christ perfected forever those who believe in Him.
Since Jesus Christ is the one and only person who has accomplished death and overcome it, He owns the keys to death and to life. And that key access to life He gives freely to anyone who in obedient to Him.
What is obedience with respect to salvation? Faith in Christ. The obedience for salvation is not that regarding commandments, rules, or regulations. It is not obedience to the law. It is not obedience to morality. It is the obedience of 'faith.'
5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith NASB
29 Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.' NASB
Jesus Christ was anointed High Priest. He was appointed after the pattern of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek was the High Priest of Abraham's day. Abraham bowed to Melchizedek. Abraham offered ten percent as an offering of thanks, to Melchizedek. Abraham knew of and of whom Melchizedek was. Melchizedek was not an ancestor, nor a sibling, nor a descendent of Abraham. In todays terms, Melchizedek would have been referred to as a gentile, and yet Abraham, the father of many nations bowed down to him. Melchizedek had no documented ancestry or descendants. Nor was he appointed by or from the Levitical priesthood. He preceded Aaron by many centuries.
Melchizedek ruled as king of Salem, the city of peace, the city of Gods rest, the city founded in doctrine (Gods Mt. Zion) which God chose as His capital for His own nation of believers. Abraham, a mature believer, never lived in the city of Salem, for Salem (Gods rest) could not be claimed by anyone for the purpose of heritage or ownership except those who advance to spiritual maturity.
And so it is by this pattern of Melchizedek (not from the Law of Moses), that Jesus Christ became our one and only High Priest. Our only means of access to God. One Priest, one faith, one doctrine, one spiritual life, one eternal perfection.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.