This is a very interesting title given to Jesus by the writer of Hebrews. I will give you the context.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:19–20).
Besides knowing that “it is impossible for God to lie…[and] having strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us” (6:18), this “sure and steadfast anchor” reminds us that Jesus has gone into the presence of God for us. As a “forerunner” He went ahead of us in order to show the way “or to pioneer” on our behalf so that we could benefit.
Why does the author add that phrase in describing Jesus as “a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”? Part of the answer is in the next chapter; “He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever” (7:3).
There is no human limitation to this “forerunner.” As a priest, our “forerunner” is always representing us before God. Near the end of chapter 7 we read; “Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (7:25). There cannot be as strong an assurance for our faith and walk in this life as we have in these verses. I trust you will see what a mighty Savior we have.
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