The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 13
God cannot lie. We can trust every word He has ever said. If He were to break even the slightest word that He has ever promised, then the universe would self-destruct (Hebrews 1:3).
But, to assure Abraham that what He promised him was going to happen, God also gave Abraham His oath. By these two unchangeable things, promise and oath, God helped Abraham’s faith to be steadfast (Hebrews 6:18).
We have to grab hold of this hope God has given us with all our strength (Mark 12:30). Our hope and confidence in God’s Word are the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19).
Hebrews 6:19 also says that when we put our trust in God’s perfect Word, our faith reaches right into the Holy of Holies where God dwells. Trusting God’s Word is as close to trusting God as we can get.
Now, we know that Jesus has entered the Holy of Holies on our behalf as our High Priest in the order of Melchizedeck (Hebrews 6:20). This means that Jesus Christ is the High Priest who presents our prayers before God. While on earth Jesus said God always heard Him (John 11:43). Therefore we are guaranteed that God hears us when we pray in the Name of Jesus Christ (John 16:23).
Melchizedek’s priesthood was different from and superior to the Levitical priesthood in sequence and substance. Since Jesus is the Priest after the order of Melchizedek, then Jesus’ Priesthood supersedes the Levitical priesthood (Hebrews 7:1-10).
Hebrews 7:11 asks a very important question:
“So if the priesthood of Levi, ON WHICH THE LAW WAS BASED, could have achieved the perfection God intended, WHY DID GOD NEED TO ESTABLISH A DIFFERENT PRIESTHOOD, with a priest in the order of Melchizedek instead of the order of Levi and Aaron?”
Hebrews 7:12 makes an important statement regarding the Law:
“And if the priesthood is changed, THE LAW MUST ALSO BE CHANGED TO PERMIT IT.” The law was changed to permit the new priesthood. The new priesthood has the new law (1 John 3:23).
Levitical priesthood was temporal, while Jesus’ priesthood will last forever (Hebrews 7:18).
Hebrews 7:19 says, “For THE LAW NEVER MADE ANYTHING PERFECT. But now we have confidence in a BETTER HOPE, through which we draw near to God.”
This verse clearly shows that we no longer trust in justification by keeping the law. THERE IS A NEW WAY OF DRAWING NEAR TO GOD.
The Old Testament Law showed people what perfection was and prescribed punishments for those who broke it. But it couldn’t correct the situation. In a sense, the Law compounded the sin problem. It made sin come alive (Romans 7:9) and strengthened sin (1 Corinthians 15:56).
In contrast to the Old Testament Law, the New Covenant of grace does make people perfect by the new birth (2 Corinthians 5:17).
THE NEW COVENANT DEALS WITH THE INNER MAN. THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW DEALT WITH THE OUTER MAN. The New Testament ministers life, while the Old Testament ministers death (2 Corinthians 3:6).
Our new born-again spirits (2 Corinthians 5:17) are perfect (Hebrews 10:14 and 12:23). IT IS ONLY THROUGH THESE NEW BORN-AGAIN, PERFECTED SPIRITS THAT WE CAN APPROACH GOD (John 4:24).
Hebrews 7:20-22 says the following about the Priesthood of Jesus Christ:
“And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but He became a priest with an oath when God said to Him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’ ” Because of this oath, Jesus has become the GUARANTOR OF A BETTER COVENANT.”
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!