A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
<p>”The High Priest of A New Covenant”, Acts 8:1) Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, Who is set on the right hand of the Majesty in the Heavens; Colossians 3:1. 2) A Minister of the Sanctuary, and of the True Tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3) For every High Priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this Man have somewhat also to offer. Ephesians 5:2. 4) For if He were on earth, He should not be a Priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5) Who serve unto the example and shadow of Heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the Tabernacle: for, See, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Exodus 25:40; Numbers 8:4. 6) But now hath He obtained a more excellent Ministry, by how much also He is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7) For if that first Covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8) For finding fault with them He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new Covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah: Jeremiah 31:33. 9) Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them our of the land of Egypt, because they continued not in My Covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10) For this is the Covenant that I will make with the House of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My Laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people: Genesis 17:7; Jeremiah 24:7. 11) And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 1John 2:27. 12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 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.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, The substance, or summary, of what had been declared was, that Christians had such a High Priest as they needed. He took upon Himself human nature, appeared on earth, and there gave Himself as a sacrifice to God for the sins of His people. We must not dare to approach God, or to present any thing to Him, but in and through Christ. In all obedience and worship, we should keep close to God’s Word, which is the only and perfect standard. Christ is the substance and end of the law of righteousness (*Old Testament). But the Covenant here referred to, was that made with Israel as a nation, securing temporal (limited) benefits to them. The promises of all spiritual blessings, and of Eternal Life, revealed in the Gospel and made sure through Christ, are of infinitely greater value. v7-13, The superior excellence of the Priesthood of Christ, above that of Aaron, is shown from that Covenant of Grace, of which Christ was Mediator. The law not only made all subject to it, liable to be condemned for the guilt of sin, but also was unable to remove that guilt, and clear the conscience from the sense and terror of it. Whereas by the Blood of Christ, a full remission of sins was provided, so that God would remember them no more. A plentiful outpouring of the Spirit of God will make the ministration of the Gospel so effectual, that there shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in all persons. The pardon of sin will always be found to accompany the true knowledge of God. All worldly vanities, outward privileges, or mere notions of religion, will soon vanish away, and leave those who trust in them miserable for ever. Amen.
“It Is Well With My Soul”, Sovereign Grace Music. Beautiful!