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The Preeminence of Christ – Part 15

The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 15
Why is the New Covenant said to be better than the Old Covenant?
A. Jesus, our High Priest, is seated on the right hand of the Father; He finished His work (Heb 8:1)
B. Jesus ministered in the sanctuary of the true tabernacle which was erected by the Lord (Heb 1:2)
C. The earthly priests served in a copy and shadow of heavenly things, while Jesus went into the presence of the Almighty God in heaven (Heb 8:3-5)
D. Jesus is the Mediator of a covenant with better promises (Heb 8:6)
E. The old covenant was not perfect, the new covenant is perfect (Heb 8:7-9)
F. When Israel sinned under the old covenant God turned His back on them; He dealt with them according to their sins (Heb 8:9)
G. Under the new covenant God is merciful to our unrighteousness, and our sins and our lawless deeds He doesn’t remember (Heb 8:12)
H. The old covenant has become outdated. The new covenant, with better promises, will last forever (Heb 8:13)
I. Under the old covenant the high priest went into the Most Holy part of the tabernacle once every year. Jesus entered the real tabernacle once for all times (Heb 9:6-8)
J. The gifts and sacrifices offered under the old covenant could not remove consciousness of sin (Heb 9:9-10)
K. Jesus offered His blood once for all, obtaining eternal redemption for us (Heb 9:12)
L. We don’t hope that our needs will be met in the future, Jesus left us a will which tells us what we already have since He died and put the will into effect (Heb 9:17-23)
M. The blood that took care of our sins was offered once. Therefore our past, present, and future sins were taken care of at once (Heb 9:25-26)
N. When Jesus comes back, He will not deal with the sins of the believers because they are already taken care of. Only nonbelievers will be judged for their sins (Heb 9:28)
Conclusion: Hebrews 10:1‭-‬2
“1 The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but THEY WERE NEVER ABLE TO PROVIDE PERFECT CLEANSING for those who came to worship.
“2 If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified ONCE FOR ALL TIME, AND THEIR FEELINGS OF GUILT WOULD HAVE DISAPPEARED.”
The sacrifice of Jesus provides perfect cleansing for us and we don’t stand before God with feelings of guilt.

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