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Hebrews 8 - New Deal

As a Christian, you have unique abilities the rest of the world lacks.


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Hebrews 8 Summary


REMIND ME OF WHAT A COVENANT IS AGAIN: Check out our Dig Deeper post on Hebrews 8 from two years ago for a quick refresher.


Hebrews 8 has two main points. First, the temple worship system set up in the Old Testament, consisting of priests and sacrifices were just copies and shadows of heavenly things (v5). In other words, they were just pointing ahead to Christ, who is our true high priest, that is, the one who represents us before God.


Second, God had always had a covenantal relationship with His people, but it never worked out the way it was supposed to. God certainly was faithful on His part: He will be our God, but people have always failed to fulfill their obligation to be His people. That's what's so amazing about the new covenant that God has established: the promise remains the same, but the fulfillment has been achieved in the perfect obedience of Christ.



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Those outside of the covenant "cannot please God," because their minds, governed by sin, are "hostile to God and do not submit to God's law" (Romans 8:7-8).


Yet as participants in this new covenant, our lives have undergone a quantum shift. It's not just our hearts that have been regenerated (made new / born again), but our mind and will has as well! Here's how v10 puts it:

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

This means that as a member of this new covenant, you can please God! You can think like Him and love like Him and live the way He designed you to live!


Be sure to take advantage of these unique abilities you've been given.



AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father who sits on the throne of Majesty in heaven (v1)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God's law will be in your mind and written on your heart, so that He will be your God and you will be a strong member of His people (v10)

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:

 

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