We are studying about Jesus Christ and our new covenant with God:
1. Jesus is a minister of true tabernacle (Hebrews 8:1-4; Hebrews 9:11)
a. The true tabernacle is not made with human hands. Jesus our High Priest offers gifts for us in the very throne room of God.
b. Jesus is in a place we can’t get to in the flesh, interceding on our behalf.
c. Jesus is so much greater than the earthly priest because he was without sin. He did not need to make an atonement for himself or didn’t need anyone to make atonement for him. Therefore, he was able to offer the ultimate sacrifice once and for all mankind.
d. Jesus was not a high priest after the order of Aaron, based on the lineage of man, but he was a high priest after the order of Melchizedek which is a Priest of God.
e. Jesus lived perfectly and gave him self a sacrifice for us and through Jesus is the only way we can be forgiven for our sins. There has never been any other priest that could truly offer a sacrifice for our sins that would satisfy God. Therefore, Jesus is our High Priest he offered the perfect sacrifice. Himself
2. Greater covenant comes with greater promises.
3. What does Covenant mean?
4. The gift is Jesus blood and the sacrifice is His body (Hebrews 9:11-14)
a. Because of the blood we are truly set free from sin and death (John 8:36; Hebrews 9:14)
5. We need to have Faith in Jesus so that our conscience can be purified and cleared. Through faith we will understand ALL of our sins are forgiven even if we mess up. Under the old covenant they had to offer a sacrifice every time they sinned. Now under the new covenant with a clear conscience we understand that Christ made the sacrifice once and for all and he isn’t going to die again.
a. We are not guilty
b. We are covered by his grace
c. Satan can no longer accuse you nor condemn you because all of your sins are forgiven. (Romans 8:1)
6. What is the New Covenant? Why did God give us a new covenant?
7. Since we have a new covenant what happened to the old covenant?
8. Cross Reference Jeremiah 31:31-34
9. We are seeking to be Christ conscience and not sin conscience. While we should be aware of our sins, but we shouldn’t put too much focus on our short comings. When we do that, we are having confidence in our flesh and not in Christ. We are flawed people and will always make mistakes, but it is the Holy Spirit that works in us and enables us to live a life free from sin. If we set our mind on Christ, we will find ourselves operating out of his power and not out the weakness of our flesh.
a. Seeking to be more like Christ not constantly pondering on our failures
b. Renewing you mind day by day Philippians 4:8
10. If our hearts are not changed, following God’s rules will be unpleasant and difficult. We will rebel against being told how to live. The Holy Spirit, however give us new desires. He helps us want to obey. (Philippians 2:12-13).
11. With new hearts, we find that serving God is our greatest joy. All of the time
Hebrews Chapter 9
12. The Holiest of Holies was only available once per year for the High Priest. This place was figurative of the presence of the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 9:8)
a. The new testament is the presence of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us.
13. Under God’s new covenant God’s laws are no longer an external set of rules.
a. The Holy Spirit influences our desires and motives. The Holy Spirit makes us want to obey God.
14. As a Christian believer our confidence is in Christ and in Him alone not in ourselves and our works but our confidence is in Christ.
a. By Faith you are truly set free from sin
b. All of your sin (once and for all)
c. Therefore nothing can separate you from the Love of Jesus (Romans 8:33-34)
d. There is therefore now no condemnation. (Romans 8:1) Satan cannot accuse you and hold you as guilty because God already see’s you as Holy.
15. Whenever you want to come to God and your doubting, angry, or feel hopeless remember that as a Christian believer your relationship with God has been reconciled. This happened not because of your works but because Jesus paid the price for your sins to be abolished.
16. As a Christian Jesus was the lamb that has paid the price for your sins once and for all.
a. The blood of the perfect lamb is what grants us access to the Father not our shouting, screaming, and dancing but the blood.
17. Hebrews 9:24-26
a. 24 Christ went into the Most Holy Place. But it was not the man-made one, which is only a copy of the real one. He went into heaven, and he is there now before God to help us.
As our High Priest, Christ is our advocate, the mediator between us and God. He looks after our interests and presents our request to God. The Old Testament High Priest went before God once a year to plead for the forgiveness of the nation’s sins; Christ makes continuous intercession before God for us. Christ’s continuous presence in heaven with the Father assures us that our sins have been paid for and forgiven.