A man approached a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what
the score was. The boy responded, “Eighteen to nothing-we’re behind.” “Boy,” said the spectator,
“I’ll bet you’re discouraged.” “Why should I be disc … More
The Law had limitations. It was not intended to save people, but to point out sin and to point people toward Christ. Being ethical, working diligently to help others, and giving to charitable causes are all commendable, but none of these things can save us or make us right with God. The Law which made nothing perfect (v. 19) was replaced by a priestly institution. The Law of Moses made no provision for a priesthood from the tribe of Judah (v. 14). Since our High Priest is from the tribe of Judah, according to His human ancestry, there had to be a change.
The entire system of Old Testament Law has been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The believer has been set free from the Law (Gal. 5:1-6) and is dead to the Law (Rom. 7:1-4). This new arrangement does not suggest that a Christian has the right to be lawless. “Free from the Law” does not mean “free to sin.” Instead, it means that we are free to do the will of God. Jesus guarantees God’s forgiveness for us, and He guarantees our acceptability with God.
Maybe you are wondering why God would bring about such a radical change:
I’m glad for the eternal hope that the Lord has given to me because He has become my “surety” which guarantees me an abundant life on this earth and a home in heaven.
For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever.'" This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.
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Hebrews 4:12-16Christ is Greater Than The Priesthood
Hebrews 5:1-10Qualifications For The Priesthood
Hebrews 5:9-14The Rebuke of Immaturity
Hebrews 6:1-8The Warning of Apostasy
Hebrews 6:9-15The Encouragement to Go On
Hebrews 6:16-20The Certainty of God’s Promises
Hebrews 7:1-10Melchizedek The Priest
Hebrews 7:11-17Jesus Like Melchizedek
Hebrews 7:18-22The Greatness of The New Priest
Hebrews 7:23-28An Unchangeable Priesthood
Hebrews 8:1-6The Better Sanctuary In Which Christ Ministers
Hebrews 8:7-13The Promise of The New Covenant in The Old
Hebrews 9:1-10Limitation in The Earthly Sanctuary
Hebrews 9:11-15Christ Opens The Inner Sanctuary
Hebrews 9:16-22Christ’s Death is Necessary
Hebrews 9:23-28Christ is The Perfect Sacrifice
Hebrews 10:1-10Animal Sacrifices Are Insufficient
Hebrews 10:11-18Christ’s Death Perfects The Sanctified
Hebrews 10:19-25Hold Fast Your Confession
Hebrews 10:26-31The Just Live By Faith
Hebrews 10:32-39A Call to Persevere