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Heb. 8:3

3 For [gar] every [pas] high priest [archiereus] is ordained [kathistemi] to [eis] offer [prosphero] gifts [doron] and [te] [kai] sacrifices [thusia]: wherefore [hothen] it is of necessity [anagkaios] that this man [touton] have [echo] somewhat [tis] also [kai] to [hos] offer [prosphero]. KJV-Interlinear

3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. NASB

Since Christ is sitting on His throne, then the obvious question to ask is whether or not He still has anything to do. And the answer to that is, 'Yes. He has a great deal to do in behalf of believers.'

Recall that we have already studied that our life on this earth is a very small part of our entire existence. We live in this world for maybe a few decades, but our eternal life will go on for trillions of trillions of years and more. So by comparison, our life now is nothing more than a blink in our overall life. Eternity is a far longer period of time than our few years here on planet earth.

Now looking at the Levitical sacrifices, the priests offered sacrifices of blood and of food. The blood sacrifices taught the principles of salvation. The Messiah had to go to the Cross to be the sacrifice for all of humanity. That sacrifice has been accomplished by Christ when He went to the Cross.

The food sacrifices were gift offerings. They taught the principles of the spiritual life - after salvation.

Salvation occurs in but a moment of time. Just as our life on this planet is very brief when you look at the big picture. In order to be saved you merely think the six words, 'Father, I believe in Jesus Christ.' That thought only takes you but a second and then it is finished. Once saved always saved. Once born into life always born into life. Once born again, always born again.

The next phase of your life after birth is obviously your life span of however many minutes or years God will keep you here in this world. Similarly after salvation, then you face your life in the spiritual realm. Most people don't live their spiritual life as they should. They waste it. But for those who do, then their spiritual life might well last many decades. Salvation lasted for only the moment of ones expression of faith in Christ. The spiritual life lasts significantly longer.

The second category of offerings is for the longer period of ones life. The gift offerings were for the expression of ones confession of sin, for the expression of ones thanks, for the expression of ones petitions to God for ones self and for others, and for personal dedication, commitment to the spiritual life.

In your spiritual life, you are required to confess your sins in order to reside in fellowship with God. It is in that fellowship sphere that you actually live your spiritual life. While in fellowship, you study and grow and offer your thanks and requests to God, and so forth.

No one can have this kind of access to God except that they go through an authorized priest. In the Levitical sacrifices and offerings, the general public had to go through a priest. No one could make an offering by themselves.

Likewise, in the Christian life, we too have to go through our High Priest, Jesus Christ, in order to make our requests known to God (the Father). We cannot go direct to the Father (something that religions think that they can do).

Col. 3:17
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. NASB

Eph. 5:20-21
20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; NASB

This is something that Christ is doing for us right now. Christ represents us to the Father, conveying our prayers of confession, thanks, petitions and so forth. This He does right now during our current dispensation, while the Father makes Christ's enemies His footstool.

You should know that the footstool concept is the forming of the nations into the pattern that they will be in for the Tribulation and mans final battle. During our dispensation two things are happening simultaneously. First, the Lord is forming His Royal Family. And second, the nations are being formed for the finish of human history.

When the number of Royal Family members is completed, then the Rapture will occur and the Tribulation will begin. The Tribulation will last for seven years and will be completed with the Second Advent of Christ.

So, Christ has a lot to do with respect to history and with respect to each of our individual lives. He provides us with our spiritual life.

His atoning work with respect to salvation is completed. There is no further work to do in that regard. But with respect to our individual spiritual lives, there is a great deal of work to do for each one of us. And that work occurs over our entire physical lives in this world. For some that might be just a few years. For many that will last for several decades.

The Levitical priests could only teach the principles of the spiritual life. Christ does a great deal more. He makes our spiritual lives real.

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