|Reverend LC Muzembi|
There was a sacred tent down here on earth.
Inside this place of worship there were two rooms;
- The first part was called the Holy Place. "Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain..." Hebrews 9:3
- was the second part called the Holy of Holies.
The priests went in and out of the first room whenever they wanted to, doing their work, but only the high priest went into the inner room, and that he would do only once a year, all alone, and always with blood that he sprinkled on the mercy seat as an offering to God to cover his own mistakes and sins and the mistakes and sins of all the people.
Under the old system no ordinary believer could go into the Holy of Holies, even today as long as the entire system it represents were still in use. Gifts and sacrifices were offered, but these failed to cleanse the hearts of the people who brought them; the old system only dealt with certain rituals-what foods to eat and drink, rules for washing themselves, and rules about this and that. However the people had to keep these rules to tide them over until Christ came with God's new and better way.
The new covenant
Jesus came in as High Priest of this better way that we now have.
- He went with his own blood into that greater, perfect tabernacle in heaven, and once for all took his own blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies, and sprinkled it on the mercy seat; and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation. The blood of Jesus is the only one which can transform our lives and hearts. His sacrifice frees us from the worry of having to obey the old rules and makes us want to serve the living God. For by the help of the eternal Holy Spirit, Christ willingly gave himself to God to die for our sins.
Hebrews 9:15 says, "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance."
"Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second" Hebrews 10:9 KJV
God has no more pleasure in anything offered by the law. He didn’t just take away the sacrifices, but he abolished its ministrations, priesthood and services. He then established a new covenant, but everything that concerned the first covenant was done away with, "neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law" Hebrews 10:8.
Jesus said, "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" Hebrews 10:9-10.
Sacrificial offerings in the first covenant, whether it was animal or money was not able to take away sin, neither can it now. History as proved it, "never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect" Hebrews 10:1.
This I’m saying in regard of all manner of sacrificial offerings, and tithings. Jesus did not come to make tithes and offerings work; instead he came to take them away, so that he may establish for us new ways to do business with God, by which we are sanctified through him once for all. At Taberah, the people complained and the LORD heard it and it displeased him. They said we remember the meat in Egypt, the fish, cucumbers, melons, the leeks, onions, and the garlick which we ate freely. What also is denying us progress? The thought of the benefits of the old covenant, Tithes and offerings!
Hebrews 10:12 says, "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" and declared it is finished. "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" Hebrews 10:14.
See also what Jesus did; he got rid of the middleman for us, even the priesthood, for it was a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things which are now manifested to us.
The writer says, "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" Hebrews 9:11-12.
Christ by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for us. Not only did we receive the promise of eternal inheritance, but he made us serve the living God. He made us who knew not God to know him and be accepted him. If through Christ you don’t know God yet, chances are you’ve not received the true Christ. I hear Christ say, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent...I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word" John 17:3, 6.
Christ who purged us from dead works should also purge your conscience from holding on to the old covenant, to serve the living God.
Simple Gospel Summation