Eternal Salvation in Jesus Christ
(1) Every high priest is chosen from among the people and is commissioned to represent the people before God by offering gifts and sacrifices for their sins. (2) Because a high priest is subject to human weaknesses, he is able to serve with gentleness the unlearned (ignorant) and those going astray. (3) Because of his own weaknesses, he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. (4) And no one takes this honor of serving as a high priest on himself, but—just as Aaron—he receives it when called by God.
(5) In the same way, Jesus Christ did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest, but God appointed him as it says in Psalm 2:7, “You are my Son; today, I have become your Father,” (6) and also in Psalm 110:4, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (7) When Jesus lived in this world, he offered up prayers and petitions (supplications) with loud cries and tears to God who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his humble obedience. (8) Although Jesus was the Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered (9) and, after being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (10) and was designated by God to be a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
(11) We have much more to tell you about this, but it is difficult to explain these things to you because you no longer try to understand. (12) To be honest, by this time you should be teachers of others, but you need someone to teach you the basic truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk like newborn babies because you cannot digest solid food! (13) Believers who still drink milk remain infants, and remain ignorant about the teaching of righteousness.
(14) But mature believers eat solid food, because by constant use of God’s word they have trained themselves to discern the difference between what is right and wrong.