Message in the Hebrews (24)

The New Covenant is superior to the old covenant.

During the Old Covenant, with its law and regulations, only the high priest could enter behind the curtain into the most holy, and just once a year. Therefore, the only way the people could approach God was through the Levitical high priest. “the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.” Hebrews 9:8, NKJV. The “first tabernacle” refers to the temple in Jerusalem. A better temple was needed because, the first one was ineffective, and it could not secure the way to the Most Holy for all people. A better temple was the body of Jesus Christ. Men built the earthly temple, the first tabernacle. However, the body of Jesus Christ is the temple made by God.

“Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for me.’” Hebrews 10:5, NKJV. Jesus referred to His body as the temple, while He spoke to the Jewish leaders. “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’… But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” John 2:19 – 21, NKJV. The Old Covenant order of priesthood, with its law and the temple services, did not have the power to do what God accomplished in the New Covenant temple, the body of Jesus Christ. The Old Covenant, with its temple, law, and services, could not remove the sin from the people and thus bring them back to God. Hebrews 10:11. The Old Covenant system was temporary, and its symbolic removal of sin had to be repeated annually. The first tabernacle service only pointed to what God will, in the fullness of time, accomplish permanently, in the New Covenant temple, the body of Jesus Christ.

The old covenant high priest was a sinner himself and, therefore, could not offer himself as a sacrifice for the removal of sin from the people. The New Covenant High Priest, in contrast, conquered the temptation and was thus made perfect. Jesus’ sinless life resided in a sanctified bod. He, therefore, was the only one who could be made sin for the people and to thus justify the sinners, by removing their sin from them forever. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV.

Continued in the next blog.

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