The Old Covenant was dedicated with the blood of animals. The New Covenant was dedicated with the blood of God’s own son; Jesus. If we get caught up today in the lie of our own sacrifices, efforts, and works as have anything to do with our own righteousness; what we are saying in reality is the blood of Jesus was not good enough for us.
Hebrews 9:18-23, “18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you." 21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. 23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”
These verses confirm what was taught in the previous lesson on Hebrews 9:16-17. The shedding of blood is simply another way of saying that something had to die to validate the testament. Both covenants required the death of either a creature of a Man to be fulfilled. I want to emphasize the powerful difference between the two sacrifices offered in the Old and New Covenants. We must remember that in Genesis God made man in His own image. Also in Genesis God made man ruler over all of the creatures here on earth. When something is purchased, doesn’t it take something of equal value to be offered in exchange for acquiring the desired object? Yes! It may take several smaller objects combined to justify the cost of the larger single item, for example dollars compared to the value of a vehicle. One may assume that if enough animals could be sacrificed than man could possibly be purchased with their blood. However the value of just one of God’s greatest creations, like you, is far more valuable than all the animals in the world. Hence there would never be enough animals to sacrifice to cover all of mankind and therefore only a perfect man could fulfill that requirement; Jesus.
The importance of the heavenly things over that of earthly things rests in our understanding of the truth that the spiritual came before the natural and will be around long after the natural passes away. God calls those things not seen into those seen. Your spirit will last for eternity, but your flesh will only last a few years here on earth. God is spirit and He wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth. Our spirit man was tainted at the fall of Adam, but redeemed by the blood of Jesus on the cross. It is our spirit that has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, and 1 Peter 1:9 tells us that receiving the end of our faith is the salvation of our souls. Your soul is your heart, personality, emotions, morals, morays, and thoughts- you essence while here on earth. Our bodies were never redeemed and our job is not to seek or fight to obtain salvation for our spirits, but through the power of God’s grace receive His spiritual salvation and began to change our souls. Focusing on just ones natural actions in effort to make them better or different is like focusing on an apple in effort to change it into an orange. Read Romans 8:5-6. One of the main earthly aspects of our New Covenant is the ability to enter into the supernatural power of God’s grace to help us make the natural desired changes in our soulful realm.
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