Our High Priest
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond servant of Christ” (Galatians 1.10 NAS).
Paul committed the first half of his life to pleasing people. He had done such an excellent job keeping the stout rules of the Jewish law and learning from the best Jewish religious leaders (Acts 22.3) that he had been given authority directly from the high priest to persecute Christians. Since the Jewish people no longer had their own king, the high priest was the highest-ranking position at the time. Paul was well on his way to having the fear and esteem of all his peers and predecessors. However, there was another High Priest that would shake Paul’s world, “converting” him to his true position and giving him authority from God. Paul was not called to destroy the Gospel of Jesus Christ; he was called to nourish it. Paul committed the second half of his life to pleasing God. His Jewish position died, but his position as apostle to the gentiles was born. As Christians, our “position” in the world dies, and we are born again with a new “position” in Christ. Through the years, we may be tempted to please people and seek favor in their eyes over pleasing God and seeking His favor. To avoid this, we must always come back to our point of conversion. People did not die for our sins, Jesus did. Jesus has our best position prepared for us, so we need to please Him above all us. We can have many jobs and titles in this life, but our utmost calling is Child of God through Jesus Christ (Galatians 3.26-27).
“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe” (Hebrews 4.14 NLT).