The New Constitution
A daily devotion for December 18th
The High Priest of a New Covenant
8 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a] 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said[b]:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”[c]
13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying,Know the Lord,? for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:10-12
In the Upper Room, Jesus said,
This cup is the new covenant made in my blood. This as the new arrangement, the new constitution, from which the life of all who know Jesus will be lived. This is a covenant made between the Father and the Son. It is not made between us and God. If any man is in Christ, everything in this covenant is available to him. For any individual on the face of the earth who is willing to be
in Christ, to let Christ live in him, this agreement is valid.
There are four provisions of the new constitution: God says,
I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts. There is the answer to the problem of human motivation. Have you discovered that the problem in your life is not uncertainty about what is right; you have known that a long time. It is a problem of motivation. We are over-strained; we are simply under-motivated, but the new arrangement, this new constitution, makes provision for that. We are to look to Christ when we are confronted with the thing we do not want to do. We are to say,
Lord Jesus, you have promised to write your laws in my mind and on my heart, that I may do what you want me to do. Then for his dear sake, we do it. There is a new motive, a motor, a new power to do what ought to be done. It is Christ Himself within us.
Then he says,
I will be their God, and they shall be my people. What an answer to the search for identification, to the hunger to belong to someone. Here is the answer to the aching question of the human heart: Who am I? God says,
You are forever mine. I will be your God, and you will be my people.
Then there is the promise,
They shall not teach everyone his fellow or everyone his brother, saying, Here is the answer to the sigh of humanity for a hero. There is in the human heart a desperate hunger for a hero. We want to look up to someone, we want to know some great one personally. God says,
Know the Lord, for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
I will satisfy that in your life. You shall know me! Do you know the one thing that one true Christian can never say to another Christian, anywhere in the world is,
Know the Lord, for this is the one thing that is always true of even the youngest Christian — he knows the Lord. That is where we start in Christian living. It is the least common denominator.
Then the last thing,
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. This is the answer to the universal sense of condemnation. A man once said to me,
I have a very difficult boss. I never know where I stand with him. Do we feel that way about God? We say,
I never know where I stand with God. But God says if you are looking to the great high priest who is ministering to you all the effects of his sacrifice, this is never a problem. For he has written it down in no uncertain words,
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1). None! He is always for you, he is never against you. It does not mean he ignores sin but he says,
I will be merciful toward it. When you acknowledge it there is no reproach — and no rehash! He never gets historical, dredging up the past. God never does this!
Father, thank you for this look at the ministry of my great High Priest, a ministry that so many times I have not taken seriously. Instead I have looked about in all the broken cisterns of earth to try to find something as a substitute. Forgive me, and help me to claim my heritage in him, this new agreement for living.
Life Application: What four vital and radical provisions in the New Covenant made between the Father and the Son are available to us in Christ Jesus? How does this address our need for motivation and power to live as new creatures in Christ?
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