The Better Sanctuary In Which Christ Ministers

Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph and the Morse Code, was a dedicated Christian and a renowned university professor. History testifies that he always prayed for the Lord to give him more light and understanding as he conducted his experiments in the laboratory. He sai … More

Superior

Under the old Jewish system priests were chosen only from the tribe of Levi, and sacrifices were offered only on the altar for forgiveness of sins (Heb. 7:12-14).This passage in Chapter 8 talks about two things that are superior under the priesthood of Christ as compared to the old system:

  1. The Sanctuary is Superior. (vv. 1-2)
    1. The place is better. (Mark 16:19)
    2. The priest is better. (Heb. 4:14-16
  2. The Sacrifice is Superior. (vv. 3-4)
    1. The Levitical priests offered up animals in the earthly sanctuary.
    2. The Lamb of God offers up Himself in the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 9:11-14).

The Old Testament high priests were appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices in God’s appointed place which was the sanctuary (v. 5). Jesus Christ is a High Priest and since He is in heaven we must conclude that His “true tabernacle” is in the heavenly sphere, while His ministry is to us here on earth. Jesus Christ is presented as better than all the impressive solemn services of the Tabernacle which were only a shadow of Christ’s coming (v. 6). He fulfilled the law, paid its penalty, bore its curse for us, and offers to us salvation as a free gift without the deeds of the law. Jesus’ final blood sacrifice is forever, and there is no need for additional sacrifices for the cleansing of sin.

Application

Am I praising the Lord and coming in thanksgiving to Him? Colossians says “whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him” (Col. 3:17).

Hebrews 8:1-6 (English Standard Version)

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, "See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain." 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.

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