Telling The Truth About Superiority
Hebrews 8:1-2, 6-10, 9:22-28
A great architect under oath was asked his occupation, and he said “I am the greatest living architect.” A friend said to him why did you answer that way,” and he replied, “I was under oath.” We need to think of ourselves as being under oath as we Tell The Truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about Jesus.
1. Tell The Truth About The Superior . . Calling of Jesus. 8:1-2, 6a
A. The Superior Calling Is A . . Finished Work. 8:1-2
1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
1. A Finished Work Note His . . Position.
“. . . who is seated. . . “
2. A Finished Work Note His . . Place.
“. . . at the right hand of the throne of
the Majesty in the heavens,. . . “
B. The Superior Calling Is A . . Functioning Work.
8:6a But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is
also Mediator of a better covenant,. . .”
1. Functioning As . . Mediator.
Illustration The Devil and the Advocate
The story is told of an old gardener, who was a rough, though sometimes gentle man. He was questioned one day as to his unorthodox behavior. His reply was with an analogy of his life struggle. He said, "A few days ago the devil came to tempt me. He was a crafty sort, much like a lawyer debates. When I could no longer argue with him, I asked the nature of his actions towards me. His reply was concerning my soul [which he desperately desired]. I answered to him explaining that Christ has received my soul, 'lock, stock, and barrel.' If the devil wanted my soul, he must talk to my Advocate, Jesus Christ." ". . . And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous"
Tell The Truth About The Superior . . Calling of Jesus.
The Finishing and
The Functioning of the Call
2. Tell The Truth About The Superior . . Covenant of Jesus. 8:6b-10
A. The . . Creation of the Superior Covenant. 8:6b-7
“. . . Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
1. The . . Promises Sighted of This Covenant.
“. . . was established on better promises.”
2. The . . Place Sought for This Covenant.
“. . . no place would have been sought for a second.”
B. The . . Cause of the Superior Covenant. 8:8-9
8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.
1. The Fault Found. v 8a
2. The Father’s Covenant. v 9a
3. The Failure of the people. v 9b
C. The . . Communication of the Superior Covenant. 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. NKJV
1. Tell the . . Placing of the Covenant Laws. v 10b
I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts;. . .”
2. Tell the . . Promise To The People. v 10b
“. . . and they shall be My people.”
Illustration Company Rules
While living in Florida, I had several friends who worked cleaning rooms at a nationally-known inn located directly on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. They spent their work breaks running barefoot in the sand. The problem was the inn required all employees to wear shoes at all times while working. I noticed the employees responded in one of two ways. The majority thought the rule restricted their freedom. The rooms had shag carpeting, delightful to bare toes, and just a few steps away lay the beach. To them, the rule to wear shoes was nothing more than employer harassment.
But a minority of the employees looked at the rule differently. Sometimes late night parties would produce small pieces of broken glass. Occasionally a stickpin would be found hidden in the deep shag piles. Some knew the pain of skinning bare toes on the steel bed frame while making a bed. The minority saw the rule as protection, not restriction.
Were Gold’s laws written to make life miserable? Or were they written by a loving heavenly Father who cares about His children? Source unknown
God’s Covenants have always been for our betterment.
The New Covenant Is Superior.
Tell The Truth About The Superior . . Covenant of Jesus.
3. Tell The Truth About The Superior . . Cleansing of Jesus. 9:22-28
A. The Superior . . Plasma for the Cleansing. 9:22
22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without
shedding of blood there is no remission.
1. The Requirement of Blood. v 22a
2. The Remission of the Blood. v 22b
Rom 4:7-8 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin." NKJV
B. The Superior . . Place for the Cleansing. 9:23-24
23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
1. The . . Better Sacrifice. v 23b
2. The . . Better Sanctuary.. v 24
C. The Superior . . Procedure for the Cleansing. 9:25-26
25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another — 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
1. Contrast The . . Often Procedure. v 25 & v 26a
2. Contrast The . . Once Procedure. v 26b
D. The Superior . . Position for the Cleansing. 9:27-28
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. NKJV
The first reference in the New Testament to His blood stresses the New Covenant.
“This is my blood of the new testament (same as ‘covenant’) which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
Let no one, therefore, even count the “blood of the covenant. . an unholy thing” (Heb. 10:29).
And they overcame Him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev. 12:11) This is the last reference in the Bible to the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ; here it is the overcoming blood, enabling believers to withstand the deceptions and accusations of Satan.
There are at least 43 references to the blood of Christ in the New Testament, all testifying to its great importance in the salvation and daily life of the believer.
Judas the betrayer spoke of it as “innocent blood (Matthew 27:4)
Peter called it “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter l:9).
It is the cleansing blood in I John l:7.
Washing blood in Rev. l:5.
Paul calls it the purchasing blood in Acts 20:28.
Paul calls it redeeming blood twice (Eph. l:7); Col. 1:14.
The shedding of Christ blood is the very price of our salvation.
I Peter l:18-19, Rev. 5:9.
It is also the justifying blood (Rom. 5:9).
Peacemaking blood (Col. 1:20).
It is also the sanctifying blood (Heb. 13:12).
There is infinite and eternal power in the blood of Christ, for it is It is the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb. 13:20).
Tell The Truth About The Superior . . Cleansing of Jesus.
The New Covenant Is Superior.