Hebrews 8:1

A Better Ministry

1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a 1high priest, who has taken His seat at 2the right hand of the throne of the 3Majesty in the heavens,

Hebrews 8:1 Meaning and Commentary

Hebrews 8:1

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum
The scope and drift, the compendium and substance; or the principal of what has been said in or from ( Psalms 110:4 ) and has been discoursed of in the three preceding chapters, is the priesthood of Christ:

we have such an high priest;
as is described in the foregoing discourse, and in the following words: Christ is a priest, an high priest, and the saints' high priest; they are not without one under the Gospel dispensation; and Christ is he, and always continues, in whose sacrifice and intercession they have a share:

who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the
he is "set", whereas the Levitical priests stood; which shows that he has done his work, and that with acceptance; and is in a state of ease and rest; and is possessed of honour, glory, majesty, and authority, and which continue: the place where he is set is, "on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty"; the same with the right hand of God; for by the throne of the Majesty is meant God the Father, in his royal glory and dignity; so Tiphereth, one of the ten numbers in the Jews' Cabalistic tree, whose name is Jehovah, is called (dwbkh aok) , "the throne of glory" F3; so angels are called thrones, ( Colossians 1:16 ) but God is a throne of majesty superior to them; and at his right hand sits Christ the great high priest; which is expressive of his high honour, glory, and power, and even of his equality with God: the phrase, "in the heavens", may refer both to God the throne of majesty, who is there, and to Christ the high priest, who is passed into them, and received by them, and sits there.


F3 Lex. Cabal. p. 483.

Hebrews 8:1 In-Context

1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.
3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.
4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;
5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, "SEE," He says, "THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN."

Cross References 3

  • 1. Hebrews 3:1">Col Hebrews 3:1; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 3:1
  • 2. Psalms 110:1; Hebrews 1:3
  • 3. Psalms 110:1; Hebrews 1:3