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November 28, 2015

MEDIATOR OF BETTER COVENANT

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6)

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6)

“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises” (Hebrews 8:6)

The New covenant is the best of all the covenants that we could receive. The Old covenants included in them the shadows of new things to come, which paved the way for the Old Testament saints also to be saved under the grace just as we are saved. Old Testament law was stringent in nature, which demanded unconditional obedience without sinning, where as the New Testament covenant included in it obedience sincerely, which is done through the grace.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Repentance of sins to Jesus and accepting him as Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead on the third day is sufficient to be saved and that is achieved through the grace bestowed upon us by Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only mediator between man and the Father in heaven.

Jesus said, in John 5:43 “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive”, and in John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”. Jesus also said, in John 10:30 “I and my Father are one”.

The way the sins are forgiven of those in Old Testament period differs a great deal from the way the sins are forgiven of the ones in the New Testament period.

In the Old Testament period only the high priest could enter the “Holy of Holies” and only once. Their sins were covered by not wholly forgiven until Jesus died a substitutionary death on the cross. He died for our sins, was buried and was raised from the dead by God and then after appearing to many He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Majesty.

Although, Aaron was priest, yet he and his children had to purify themselves first, before they could minister to others (Exodus 29:1) whereas Jesus was sinless and without any blemish.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19)

The righteousness is imputed on all, who believe in Jesus and it is free through grace.

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: (Romans 3:22)

Moses was called by God to deliver His people physically from the bondage of slavery under Pharaoh. Even though his first reaction was to reject the call of God, he finally yielded and obeyed the LORD’s . Moses was known for his genuine and reasonable anger certain times, common to any man, firstly in breaking the first set of tablets containing Ten Commandments, secondly in arguing with God on behalf of Israelites, who rebelled against God, and thirdly in deviation from the instructions from God by striking the rock when he was supposed to speak to the rock to fetch the water for Israelites. Yet, Moses was considered as the meekest of all men.

(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) (Numbers 12:3)

Similar type of genuine and reasonable anger was seen in the Son of Man, Jesus, when the temple, where the Father in heaven was to be honored, was used by merchants, to sell their merchandise. If we read Matthew 21:12 we find that, “… Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves”. God takes it very serious if his temple is desecrated and dishonored with worldly things. Here Jesus saw that the temple, which was a worship place, was used for a wrong purpose.

Jews, however, did not consider it profane to allow merchandise in the premise of the temple inasmuch as it was easy for them to buy things used for worship and sacrifice, yet on the whole the trade and transactions gave rise to great deal of noise, confusion and disturbance to the true worshippers. This place was also used by money exchangers to convert Jewish coins in to Roman coins which gave rise to much noise and confusion. This place was also used for selling doves, which are, of course, used as sacrifice elements during worship, yet the scene produced a great deal of noise and confusion.

The crux of the problem here was the merchants misused the porch and the temple area for selling their merchandise thinking that those who need them for worship may use them and the place would be an easy access to them, yet the problem that such merchandise and the transactions within and without the temple area disturbed the worship service, and caused great deal of confusion within the temple.

Jesus was greater than Moses in all aspects and His blemishless blood was all sufficient to cleanse us from all our sins provided we accept Him as Lord and repent of our sins and by believing that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19)

 

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