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New Covenant

John Collins02/25/2012In Hebrews 8, Paul gave a summary of his sermon, describing the things that are most important.

He said that our high priests were no longer priests of men as they were in the days of old, we have a new high priest.  Jesus Christ is the high priest who sets on the right hand of the Father.  Christ is the new minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle; the one that God built, not man.

Every high priest is ordained to give gifts and sacrifices, and it is of necessity that Christ had gifts and the sacrifice to offer.  If Christ were on earth, he would not be a priest; the priests of the earth are to offer gifts according to the law.  Every priest is set to be an example of heavenly things.  Even Moses was admonished of God, and instructed to do everything according to what he was showed by God on the mount.

Now, priests are to be the mediator of a new and better covenant.  The covenant is established upon better promises than the old covenant.  If the old covenant was perfect, then there would have been no need for the new covenant!

God found fault with those who were under the old covenant, and said, "Behold the days come when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah."  

The new covenant would not be a set of laws read from the old rulebooks; it would be a covenant that God would put into the hearts and minds of the people.  Inwardly, they would feel condemnation for the things that were wrong, and joy in the things that were good.  Through their own hearts, God would show himself as a God, and they would show themselves as His people.

There would be no need for every man to teach about the One True God anymore, all men would already know Him, from the least unto the greatest.  God would be in their hearts and minds.

Through the new covenant, God would be merciful to their unrighteousness.  Their sins and iniquities would be remembered no more.  The old covenant would be taken away, and replaced with the new.  The old covenant would vanish away.  Jesus Christ had died for all men, risen from the grave, and conquered their sins and iniquities.  All who believe on Jesus Christ will be saved, and there was no need for a set of laws, for God's instructions would come from within the heart.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we serve the new High Priest, Jesus Christ?  Do our ministers now give to the poor, or do they keep their profits?  Do they preach the laws of the old covenant that is decayed and vanished away?  Do we listen to these old rules, or do we listen to our own hearts?  Have we accepted the new covenant?  Are our hearts ministering to us, cleaning up our lives, and bringing us closer to God?