11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!
For most of us today the rules and regulations of the Old Testament seem out of place and without relevance. These sometimes-peculiar rules were part of a contractual arrangement God established with the Jews. People who have studied the laws of the Old Testament in detail have found sound practical reason for these rules to exist however as verse 9 indicates some rules were ‘illustrations pointing to this present time’.
More than any other book of the Bible Hebrews links the Old Testament to the New Testament. It was written to Jewish believers to help them understand the New Covenant and Christ’s fundamental role in its creation.
What I find most interesting about historical covenants is they were often established between two ‘vastly unequal’ parties to give the weaker party confidence the agreement would be upheld. So is the case for Christians under the New Covenant with God. Christ’s crucifixion on the cross guaranteed the penalty for our misdeeds is ’payed in full’ result in us having a clear conscience before God. Without a clear conscience it is impossible for us the serve the living God with ‘pure motives’.
James 3:2 says ‘We all stumble in many ways’.
So today is a great opportunity to consider ‘do I have a clear conscience before God’ and if not take the time to meditate on the sacrifice Christ made for you. A truly thankful heart has the power to unlock the depths of God’s love for you!
Written by David Newton