X539------Study on hebrews--"Assembling Together" Explained in context!
We ask you to read the book of Hebrew--specifically chapter 7-10. In this study we are overviewing it in context--but read along for yourself, and see if these points are not made....
11 ¶ If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood,
(for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there
that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not
be called after the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. (Heb 7: 11-13)
These verses in Hebrews tell us clearly that the Levitical priesthood is no more in the new covenant.
Why is this significant? The fact is that our concept of "pastoral authority" comes to us from the Levitical priesthood. The Bible specifically states that this priesthood is done away with in the new covenant--and as we shall see--is replaced with the priesthood (ministry) of ALL--together--as a body of believers--ALL serving God....
13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
Look carefully at this verse. It is speaking about Jesus priesthood---and the priesthood of the new covenant church. In the old covenant there were priests who attended the altar--who "had authority to do ministry in the temple" (again--this is the basis of "pastoral authority") this verse says that Jesus' priesthood--(since it comes from the tribe of Judah) does not have men who "give attendance" at the altar. The words "give attendance" are the idea of an official priesthood--a group that is specifically designated to do this act--to make the offerings. Of course, Jesus--the high priest of ALL in the new covenant, is both the high priest and the offering. If you keep reading in Hebrews you will see this clearly explained (keep reading!)
In this same context, let's zero in on this next teaching.....
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a
greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say,
not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb 9 :11-14)
The new testament priesthood does not need a physical tabernacle--a physical building to operate from--it does not need a temple--instead (of course!) every believer that is Spirit-filled is the temple of the Holy Spirit. But lets' look at the result in ALL of us--
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The result of His priesthood--is a priesthood--a ministry (service!) for every believer. Now read the next verse
15 ¶ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Heb 9:15)
So one of the results of Christ's offering is that we ALL might receive an inheritance in His kingdom--as sons and daughter that serve His will.
Keep reading!--the bible goes onto say that the blood of Jesus cleanses ALL sins in ALL believers who receive Him by faith. BUT--since this is so--
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Heb 10: 18)
There is no more need for offering. There is no more need for tithe--or any type of the old covenant offerings to continue. (the church in the Bible followed this idea--tradition form the dark ages gave us the idea of tithe paying and the old covenant priesthood in the Christian church--totally ignoring the new covenant promises made here).
Keep reading!--follow this out to the next conclusion
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering
19 ¶ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: (Heb 10: 18-24)
Since we have no more offering to be made--since Christ our new high priest has forgiven us completely and released us to be priests directly under His authority--to minister (we've been "purged" to serve") the Bible goes on to describe the new covenant way of operating--
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Christ the Head of the church--the church which is ALL of us as a body--and what should we do when we are "the church--in the "house of god"..
let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
We should be encouraging one another--in the house of God (anyplace we gather--usually the home!--the perfect place for apostolic function--quick action to Gods commands!)--to "provoke" (irritate one another!) to "love" (the agape kind!) and "good works". The Greek fro "works" is "ergon"--again the word "energy"--this is speaking about the energy of the ministry. We are meant to use our God-given energy to serve God in our ministry together.
but how shall we do this--
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (heb 10:25)
We are supposed to be 'assembling together" as often as possible
Look--doesn't say "everybody on Sunday--right?--doens't say--holy day of obligation--where everyone must attend--under the authority of the pastor--the type of Levitical priest--in an official church building--in order that most of us must remain silent, and make tithe offerings and NOT minister!---
When read in context the verse which says "forsake not the assembling of ourselves together" has said NOT to gather as the old covenant people did --specifically NOT with Levites in the chruch--specifically NOT in a "official temple" specifically NOT under man's authority--specifically NOT "under" an altar or a pulpit--to make tithe offerings for sin to that altar.
When we assemble--we are supposed to ALL work out our priesthood--serve God--and encourage one another to serve God--Under the authority of the Head of the house of God--JESUS!!
Viola; the new priest in the new covenant church is everyone of us working together as one. We don't have an old priesthood where one person counts more than others and does all the ministry; we all count equally. We are Jesus priest in the earth; working under Him only; He left nothing out when He became the sacrifice for the new way. He supplied everything for us to function as ministers... and guess what... He supplied every=thing He would need as well......US.