Sermons

Summary: A Better Covenant (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

  Study Tools
  Study Tools

Reading: Hebrews chapter 8 verses 1-13.

Quote: Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes ‘covenant’ as:

"A binding agreement between two or more parties

expressly for the performance of some action."

• Notice that God makes a covenant and not a contract

• Contacts are broken when one of the parties fails to keep their part.

Ill:

• Let’s say you make an appointment to see the doctor;

• But you forgot all about it and did not go.

• Your doctor has no obligation to call at your house and inquire,

• “Where were you? Why didn’t you show up for your appointment?”

• Instead the doctor simply goes on to his next patient ;

• And has the receptionist take note of the patient who failed to keep the appointment.

• The next time you wants to see the doctor.

• You may find it much harder, because they broke an informal contract.

The Bible indicates that a covenant is more like:

• The ties of a parent to her child;

• Than it is a doctor’s appointment.

• If a child fails to show up for the evening meal,

• Unlike the doctor’s, the parent’s obligation isn’t cancelled.

• The parent is obliged to find out where the child is and makes sure they are cared for.

• One member’s failure does not destroy the relationship.

• A covenant puts no conditions on faithfulness.

• It is the unconditional commitment to love and serve.

Quote Walter Riggans:

“A covenant was not a contract between two equal parties with both sides receiving equal benefits. This type of covenant was a relationship between a person (in this case God) with superior power and authority and another party.

The senior party offered protection and a sense of belonging to the weaker party, and in return the lesser party offered loyalty and service to the stronger”.

This chapter actually provides a hinge to the entire book of Hebrews:

• In the first seven chapters, the writer presents Jesus as the great high priest.

• In the last six chapters, he presents the New Covenant.

• And in this passage we see the two themes brought together;

• Jesus is shown to be the priest who mediates the New Covenant.

Ill:

• The most gifted lawyer can do very little if the will he is probating is inadequate.

• In a similar way;

• Our Great High Priest could do very little;

• If he was ministering on the basis of an inferior "last will and testament."

• So in our chapter this morning (Hebrews chapter 8):

• The writer will present three evidences to prove;

• That not only is our high priest superior to any other;

• But so is the new covenant of Jesus over the old covenant (of the Old Testament).

(A). It is ministered by a superior High Priest

(verses 1-2).

“The point of what we are saying is this”:

• In other words everything that has been said in this letter up to this point;

• Has been to bring us to this one main point, one key truth of understanding.

“We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven”,

In these first two verses (1-2):

• The writer summaries the main points of his previous arguments;

• He gives us three key truths regarding Jesus our great high priest and why he is superior.

(1). HIS MORAL ADEQUACY (verse 1a).

• "We have SUCH an High Priest".

• This statement refers us back to Hebrews chapter 7 verses 22-28.

Quote: Chapter 7 verse 26:

“Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens”.

The fact that Jesus Christ is morally perfect;

• And yet identified with us in our needs and temptations,

• Makes Him superior to any other priest, past or present.

• Those of his readers who wanted to go back into the Old 'Testament priesthood;

• Would have to swap the perfect for the imperfect.

(2). HIS FINISHED WORK (verse 1b).

“We do have such a high priest, who SAT DOWN at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven”,

Today our Lord is seated in heaven because His work is completed.

• There were no chairs in the Old Testament tabernacle or temple;

• Because the work of the priests was never finished.

• Each repeated sacrifice was a constant reminder;

• That none of the sacrifices ever provided a finished salvation.

• The blood of animals did not wash away sin or cleanse the guilty conscience;

• It only provided a covering for.

• It took the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ;

• To take away the sin of the world.

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
Browse All Media

Related Media


Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion