Hebrews 10:10-14 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
We learn in verses 5-9 of Hebrews 10, that Jesus came to do The Father’s will. God was not pleased with animal sacrifices. That was never meant to be the means of approaching God. It was only temporary, and only a shadow of Jesus. When Jesus came, He said, “I come to do Thy will.” We see in verse 9, that in order for Jesus to do The Father’s will, the first covenant had to be removed, so that He could establish the second.
We see, even in society, that when a new contract, covenant, or will is written up; the old one becomes null and void. Even if you include some articles of the old will in the new, it is still new. And, the latest will is the one that stands.
So we see here (vs. 9), that the old is “taken away” (removed), so that the new covenant can be instituted. We also see this fact in the following verses: Heb 7:18-19 “For there is verily a disannulling (cancellation) of the commandment going before (the old covenant), for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” How do we draw near to God? By the new covenant. Heb 8:13 ‘In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” This happened spiritually in 30 A.D. on the cross, and physically in 70 A.D., when the Temple was destroyed.
As we read 2Corinthians 5:17-21 carefully, we see that dwelling in Christ through faith is what is new. It makes us new creations. The old (works righteousness) is passed away. All things have become new. A new righteousness; a new means of approaching God; a new way of life; a new relationship with God. For instance, in the old covenant, a person had to approach God: in a certain place; at a certain time; with a sacrifice; through a priest; etc. Now, in Christ, we live in God’s presence 24-7, accepted in the Beloved. Jesus is our Sacrifice and our Priest. We come boldly into the most Holy place, and find grace and help, all the time - anytime - for Jesus forever lives to make intercession for us. We have a 24-7 Advocate with The Father.
2Cor 5:17-21 also shows us that God has reconciled the world to Himself through Jesus. He made peace with us. And our ministry is the ministry of reconciliation. A literal rendering of verse 20 is: “Now we are representatives of Christ, as though God did beseech (implore, intreat, invite, pray, desire) you by us: standing in the place of Jesus, as His ambassadors on earth, we beg you - be reconciled to God.” Amazing! This is the heart of The Father! This is the picture of the Father in the story of the prodigal son! This is extravagant love!
How is this possible? How can God reconcile Himself to me? In vs. 21, we find out. Jesus became what we are, so that we could become what He is. The supernatural swap. The divine exchange. He takes all of our filth, sin, evil, transgression, iniquities, into Himself and dies our death; and gives us all of His grace, mercy, pardon, forgiveness, joy, peace, etc., that we may live through His life. It is available to all mankind. Jesus paid it all for everyone. Jesus died once: for all men, for all sin, for all time - and then He sat down. Yes, the sins of the whole world have been paid for (1Jn 2:2,4:14; Jn 1:29). But it will only benefit those, who through faith, turn from darkness to light; call on Jesus out of a pure heart; believe Jesus was crucified, died, and is risen from the dead; confess Him as Lord; and receive the gift of righteousness and eternal life. It is available to you. Jesus died and rose again for you. If you will truly receive Him - not on your terms, but on His - He gives eternal redemption (Heb 9:12). He perfects you forever (Heb 10:14). This is the Gospel. This is God’s amazing grace and love extended to sinners like you and I. Don’t hesitate to receive the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!