Epistle to the Hebrews (8:6-7)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it.” Hebrews (8:6-7)

Under the first covenant the Israelites had not the power to remain faithful(8:9). They became idolatrous and could not resist sin since they had not yet a Savior who explicitly came to deal with it. A slave of sin is never free to serve God in liberty.

But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.” 1 John 3:8-9

They could not remain faithful to God’s covenant because it was difficult to obey laws. Under Christ’s leadership, the Good Shepherd, the One who fulfilled the law and brought grace, obedience is easier. Gladly should we yield to Him who gives us a light yoke. The sins of those under the old covenant were covered by animals blood(Hebrews 10:4) and not entirely removed as under the new covenant by Jesus’ blood. God’s Spirit indwells us and is a guarantee of God’s promises(Eph 1:13).

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” 1 Cor 3:16

This Jesus ministers as High Priest and is the Mediator of a new covenant. This reflects again the person of Melchisedek who was both king of Salem and priest of the God most high. Kingship demonstrates power and priesthood Holiness. Who is all powerful and most holy if not God almighty? This is why we have such a mediator. His holiness and power prove that He has first the credential to be a mediator and secondly the ability to make it endure forever.

As per the Oxford dictionary, the mediator is someone who “intervenes in a dispute to bring about an agreement or reconciliation‘.

So who can stand as advocate and mediator between God and man if not Jesus the righteous man(1 John 2:1)? The old covenant had nothing or no one who could guarantee its continuation. A mortal man like Moses could not stand as mediator to keep this covenant alive.

Jesus is this High Priest who also acts as mediator. Remember that Moses was mediator and pleaded for Israel when they sinned while Aaron was the high priest? Now we have One who is both. Is it exaggeration to say that our Lord has a far superior ministry?

The covenant is based on better promises. We read in Ephesians 1:3  “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.”

We have the promises that He went to prepare a place for us, that He is with us everyday and that He will never leave or forsake us. He sent His Spirit to dwell in us and teach us(John 16:13).

Under Moses’ leadership you could have a point that the covenant was imperfect or that the leader was imperfect. You could blame Moses. Yeah, Moses was not faultless, he did disobey God when he struck the rock. Aaron made a golden calf and it was scandalous for the one who was to become the high priest of Israel.

Now you have no excuses. There’s not going to be another covenant or another leader. Why? Because first we have a faultless covenant and secondly a perfect High Priest. The Good Shepherd is not a hired hand, He really cares about His sheep. The new covenant is no longer imperfect, it’s going to be eternal. If you think you’re one of His sheep and you’re not eating in the green pastures, bear in mind that you cannot blame the Shepherd. If this new covenant is not helping you to get closer with God, bear also in mind that you cannot blame the Mediator either. Is not it scandalous to see Christians arguing against their mediator and advocate?

In judiciary, advocates sometimes exploit some weaknesses in the law to get a guilty person out of affair. We are now talking about a faultless covenant and don’t imagine that you’ll be able to stand before God and defend yourself. You will not be able to say that you did not know or it was unclear of who Jesus was or what He did. Ignorance is no longer an excuse. We often talk about grace but rarely mention the responsibilities of those who received grace. Let us be on our guard since it’s not another covenant given on mount Sinai on tablets of stone through a mortal man. No sir, God Himself came and spoke clearly. On our hearts and minds now He does write His laws (8:10).  Let us therefore consider Jesus in all His splendor.

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Posted January 1, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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