This is what God gave me today in his word:
But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second. (Hebrews 8:6-7)
In the first covenant, people were required to obey, under penalty of quite literally, death in some cases. Though really, no matter what happened, if you sinned, something had to die. That could be a sheep, a dove, or any number of other things. Just look at Exodus and Leviticus if you want proof. – To put it one way, there was always blood, in front of God: for your sin, for your brother’s sin, for your father’s and mother’s sin. Don’t even get me started on fellowship offerings, peace offerings and the rest. So what really is the difference between the old and new covenant?
What exactly is the difference between the old and new covenants?
Well, there’s still blood and it’s still covering our sin. There’s still a high priest; there’s still intercession made between us and God. The difference is that Jesus, is the sacrifice that was made once and for all. It was the final one made on our behalf before God. Not only that, but now Jesus constantly intercedes for us, instead of just once a year with a rope and bells attached to him.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:23-27)
The writer (who we’ll refer to as, “he” again), first gives us our hope, then he gives us our responsibility. Our hope, being Jesus. Our responsibility, being to hold fast to that hope. Also though, it’s to not sin (deliberately). A very reasonable question to ask now is, “how can I do that?” It seem’s and in fact is impossible for us to do. The only way not to do it, is through Jesus’ power. Through his strength and not our, “will power”.
The point? We have been given hope, but we’ve also been given a warning not to try to “abuse” that hope.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (Romans 6:1-2)
You are Loved!