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The Preeminence of Christ – Part 14

The Preeminence Of Christ – Part 14
The High Priest represents people before God. Every time when the nation of Israel had a good high priest they would experience great favour with God.
Jesus is our High Priest, and He is forever making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). Just like we saw in Part 13 of this series, the covenant He is the GUARANTOR for is better than the old covenant (Hebrews 7:23).
Hebrews 7:27 says, “He is not like other high priests; he does not need to offer sacrifices every day for his own sins first and then for the sins of the people. HE OFFERED ONE SACRIFICE, ONCE AND FOR ALL, when he offered Himself.”
This verse is saying Jesus doesn’t have to repeat His sacrifice every time we sin or every time a new person comes to accept His salvation. It was done ONCE FOR ALL (Hebrews 9:12, 15, 28; 10:10-14). THAT IS WHY GOD DOESN’T COUNT PEOPLE’S SINS AGAINST THEM (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Hebrews 8:6 says, “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.”
In Hebrews 8:7 we see that God introduced the second covenant BECAUSE THE FIRST COVENANT WAS NOT PERFECT. The second covenant was introduced to COMPLETELY REPLACE the first covenant.
In Jeremiah 31:31-34 God foretold that HE WAS GOING TO REPLACE THE COVENANT THAT WAS IN PLACE THEN. In Hebrews 8:9 God gives the reason for replacing the first covenant: His people were not faithful to the covenant.
God was frustrated by His people being unfaithful and Him having to turn His back on them because of their sins (Hebrews 8:9).
The solution He came up with was to introduce a new covenant where:
1. He would write covenant laws on the hearts of His people (Hebrews 8:10).
2. He would forgive their sins and no longer remember their wrongs (Hebrews 8:12).
The new law that is written on the hearts of the people is to BELIEVE IN JESUS AND WALK IN LOVE (1 John 3:23 & John 13:34). Galatians 3:19-21 shows that the covenant of the Law was supposed to be in place UNTIL CHRIST is introduced for the redemption of mankind.
It is important to note that one of the pillars of the new covenant is that God KINDLY FORGIVES HIS PEOPLE AND HAS WIPED CLEAN THE SLATE OF THEIR SINS FOREVER (Hebrews 8:12). This is what we should preach (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Hebrews 8:13 says, “When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means HE HAS MADE THE FIRST ONE OBSOLETE. IT IS NOW OUT OF DATE and will soon disappear.” This verse makes it obvious that WE SHOULD STOP PREACHING THE OLD COVENANT.
Let’s:
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!

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