Christ, the Mediator of a New Covenant-Hebrews 9:11-15

Hebrews 9:11-15 “When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance — now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

Ebrei 9:11-15 11 Ma venuto Cristo, sommo sacerdote dei beni futuri, egli, attraverso un tabernacolo più grande e più perfetto, non fatto da mano d’uomo, cioè, non di questa creazione, 12 è entrato una volta per sempre nel luogo santissimo, non con sangue di capri e di vitelli, ma con il proprio sangue. Così ci ha acquistato una redenzione eterna.13 Infatti, se il sangue di capri, di tori e la cenere di una giovenca sparsa su quelli che sono contaminati li santificano, in modo da procurare la purezza della carne, 14 quanto più il sangue di Cristo, che mediante lo Spirito eterno offrì se stesso puro di ogni colpa a Dio, purificherà la nostra coscienza dalle opere morte per servire il Dio vivente! 15 Per questo egli è mediatore di un nuovo patto. La sua morte è avvenuta per redimere dalle trasgressioni commesse sotto il primo patto, affinché i chiamati ricevano l’eterna eredità promessa. 
    
     In Hebrews 8:7, it states “For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.” Today’s section of Scripture is a conclusion to show the old covenant (Old Testament) foresaw a better new covenant (New Testament). The ritual of the old covenant carried out through human action demonstrated that it was inadequate. Year after year the rituals had to be renewed. Now clearly in these verses the superiority of Christ’s service as mediator is guaranteed and proven.     
     So how is this proved? 1) Christ is a perfect tabernacle or covenant (v.11). He is perfect because Christ is the creator, not the creation, by which the covenant rests. 2) Christ obtained eternal redemption (v. 12). The value of Christ’s redemption is that it is not measured by time. It is valid for all eternity. 3) Christ offered an unblemished sacrifice both outwardly and inwardly. The ritual sacrifices dealt with an unblemished outward sign. Christ as the perfect sacrifice will “cleanse our consciences”.  It is the peace and assurance that the whole man can be changed “to serve the living God.” (v. 14). 4) Christ provides an eternal inheritance (v. 15). Undoubtedly some of the Christian Jewish converts had some concerns about whether they had lost their inheritance as the people of God. It is answered clearly that those that are in Christ, have “a promise of eternal inheritance”. For any follower of Christ, their legacy from Christ is as eternal as the promises of God.
Pray with me: Lord, I understand more and more the superiority of the covenant I have with You. Help me to always remember that my life in You is perfect, eternal, complete and I have a promised inheritance. 


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