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“He has made the first obsolete.”
September 17, 2011, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Q - Letter to Hebrews

After the author describes the wonderful, unbroken, better, endless, unalterable, complete, and perfect priesthood of Jesus Christ our Lord in chapter 7 of his letter to Hebrews, the author gives this summary:

“Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.”

What an amazing statement! The author is prone to making these amazing statements as he shares with these brothers and sisters to move forward in the experience of living by the life of Christ together. As he does so he is reminded of the incredible reality of Christ in the life of His people! When Christ is head of His body, He becomes the amazing life of His people!

Christ Jesus has inaugurated a new priesthood and as a result He Himself has changed the law. His priesthood is not even comparable to the old earthly priesthood of the old covenant, because Christ is incomparably greater than the earthly priesthood, for He is “The Son of the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” The Son shines forth the Father and is the reality of the character of the Father. The Son, the Creator, is incomparably better than the creation! “In these last days” of the New Covenant, of the Son of His love, “he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” The Lord Jesus Christ sums up God. The Son is the summary and reality of the Father. All of the Father is in the Son. All of the Son is in the Father. And not only does every believer have the Son dwelling within them but all of His body is hidden in the Son in the Father. How important this is in the reality of the ekklesia, the assembling of His body together.

There is no better place of approval and honor found for a brother or sister than in the Son who is resting in the place of approval and honor seated in complete authority “of the Majesty” “in the heavens!” Oh the spiritual sight to see our position in the Son, brothers and sisters! How we should see Christ as being our life! How this would change everything about our reality of life together, as we assemble His life together, as the body gathers together with Christ as Head! We now live by the Spirit, we are now His dwelling place, it is Christ Himself by His Spirit who serves in this “sanctuary,” the body of Christ, “the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” The body of Christ is the “real” tabernacle, the “real dwelling place” of our Lord, not one made by the hands of men, not buildings made of brick and cement. Christ the Creator is the crowning glory of His greatest creation, His body, the ekklesia!

In the past the priests offered “both gifts and sacrifices,” serving “at a sanctuary,” as “prescribed by the law.” But this was only “a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.” In fact they are an image, a silhouette, of Christ Himself! Christ was the pattern which Moses was “shown…on the mountain.” Everything Moses was shown finds its reality in Christ Jesus! But it was only a copy, a shadow, a silhouette, a pattern. “But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.” The author spoke earlier that because of God’s oath, “Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.” The old covenant was a copy of Jesus Christ, the new covenant is Jesus Christ! Brothers and sisters we do not follow a copy we follow the reality! The law, the copy given to Moses is considered not “faultless,” because the children of Israel couldn’t follow it. He found “fault with the people.” The copy had a fault, faulty people! Faulty people can’t follow an external law perfectly. The copy, the old covenant, was a law that couldn’t be followed perfectly, because it was meant to be a copy of the One, the New Covenant, who would enable us to live by Him internally, by the Spirit.

The days are not coming by which we can please God! The days are here now! The new has come! We are no longer waiting! The Father with great pains had to lead the children of Israel by the hand, but still they “did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them.” The old covenant was meant to lead the people to the Father, for His help, but they did not. Now the days are here where we have a new covenant, a covenant in Christ Jesus! In the Son, the Father has “put my laws in (our) minds” and has written “them on (our) hearts.” In Christ, He is now our God and we are His “people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” The Father, in Christ, has forgiven our “wickedness and will remember (our) sins no more.” This new covenant, in Christ, in us, is the reality of the copy. So their is now no longer a need for the copy! Why keep a copy when the real thing is here! The real thing was what God intended in the first place! Can we learn more about Christ, the new covenant, from the copy of the old covenant? Absolutely! While we may learn more about Christ in the copy, we have been called to learn Christ better in His reality, to know Him personally, in us!

There is a reason God has called the new covenant, “new.” God Himself “has made the first one obsolete.” If we are in Christ, then we should see the old covenant as obsolete as well. It was meant only to lead us to the reality found in Christ. Even today those who read and follow the laws of the old covenant do so as if in a shadow, with darkened eyes. They do so because it is an external restraint of the flesh. But in Christ our flesh was nailed to the cross, we have been forgiven completely in Christ and He has now made our dead spirit alive by His Spirit! We have new eyes now, spiritual eyes, to know our Lord in us better. So if we consider our flesh dead, then we no longer are to live by an external restraint of the law but by the life of Christ, the indwelling Word of God, the law of faith and love. As Paul spoke to the ekklesias in Galatia: “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” “The fruit of the Spirit is love.” So the old covenant, the restraint of the flesh, the copy of Christ, who in reality takes away the flesh, while it still exists because of those who have yet to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, is obsolete in Christ, “and aging will soon disappear” when all things are made new and Christ is made the all in all. God “has made the first obsolete” in Christ!

Brothers and sisters let us no longer live after the flesh but after the Spirit who is now our life! For His life, is true life and the real life! When Christ is head and reality of His body, He becomes the amazing life and source of His people! May we see and live by the reality of Christ our new life!


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Bro John, I am very happy to see you posting “The School of Christ” and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you!

Comment by Kat Huff

thank you sister Kat, :). Appreciate you as well, blessings sis!

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