through His Word
The Bible tells us that God made an old covenant (a framework for a relationship) and a new one. The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the Mediator of the new covenant, the Person who is the “Go-Between,” between us and God. He administrates the new covenant, that is, He works in our lives to make the fullness of it, a possessed reality. The details of that covenant are specified in the last section of the following chapter of Hebrews.
Hebrews Ch. 8 Look to Jesus to be the Mediator for you, of a better covenant, which is established on better promises.
v.1-2 The main point is: we have a High Priest who is seated at God’s right hand, who is the Minister of the heavenly tabernacle.
v.3-6 Our High Priest in heaven has a more excellent ministry (than the Levites), because He is the Mediator of a better covenant which was established on better promises.
v.7-13 The former covenant (arrangement, relationship) that God made with His people was made obsolete by the new covenant—the better covenant:
v.10 “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts.”
v.10 “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
v.11 “All shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.”
v.12 “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
How great is that?
For the persons who put their faith in Jesus, God will write His laws on our hearts (v.10). We will know what He says is good, and what isn’t. We will know what is healthy for ourselves and for our relationships with others. We will know how to do good and to show love in the various situations of life, and we will know the things to stay away from.
The new covenant also says that God will be our God, and we shall be His people (v.10)—today in our generation, in this day and time. God will be there for us. He will coach us and shepherd us. He will train us in His ways and enable us to live them out. He will delight and satisfy our hearts as we delight and find our satisfaction in Him.
The new covenant reassures us, that from the least to the greatest of us, all shall know Him (v.11). No one who believes in Jesus will be excluded. No one will hear from others, the testimonies of God’s love, faithfulness, and goodness, and have nothing to contribute from their own experiences with Him. Every believer will know firsthand His mercies, help, grace, and lovingkindness. Each one of us will be welcome to come close to our God and Father, our Savior and King, our Helper and Comforter.
The fourth promise of the new covenant tells us that God will remember our sins no more (v.12). Believers’ sins will no longer be a barrier between us and God, because Jesus has taken them out of the way. The sins we have already committed and the ones that we will commit in the future, have been paid for by Jesus’s death on the cross. Believers may suffer discipline for doing what is wrong, but never separation from our God. God’s mercy toward those who believe in His Son is that strong, that deep, and that everlasting.
Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant which is established on better promises.
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