Understanding the difference between Jesus’ High Priesthood in heaven, verses that of the High Priests under the Law of Moses here on earth will strengthen the faith of the believer to trust in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross.
Hebrews 8:3-5, 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. 4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; 5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Two things to remember, one Jesus was from the tribe of Judah not the tribe of Levi where Old Testament priests were appointed from. Secondly The gifts and offerings of the Old Testament were made over and over since none of them actually cleansed anyone from their sin, but merely gave them atonement which is a satisfaction or a since or repairing a wrong. If you think about the definition, something that has been repaired still has the break or damage; it has simply been covered up to “appear” whole again. With the New Covenant there is a complete replacement of what was broken with a brand new. Our old “Adamic” fallen spirit, was replaced with the new Son of God spirit as read in Galatians 4:6. Because Jesus was not a Levite, under the Old Covenant He would have never been appointed a High Priest, therefore His priesthood must be over different covenant. The High Priests offered bulls and goats, but Jesus offered Himself. In nature one man could offer to die for another man’s crime, but once dead he could never die for another. Jesus, however has the Sons spirit not the Adamic spirit and although He walked on earth as a Man, He was in fact spiritually God in a Man’s body. Because He did not have sin, the grave could not hold Him and once risen God sat Him at God’s right hand. Today there is no more need for sacrifice, which is just atonement or repairing of what is broken because we have been made brand new.
Because Jesus could not have been appointed High Priest over the Old Covenant, and His sacrifice gave us His Son’s spirit instead of temporarily repairing our broken spirit, there must be a New Covenant for Him to be High Priest over. Everything about the Law of Moses was at best a temporary fix to something that could never be replaced only repaired. Verse five is reminding us of this truth. The Old Testament, priesthood, and tabernacle were only earthly copies of the real which is in heaven. The importance of this is often overlooked. Everything we see in the natural here on earth is in a constant state of change and if not maintained decay will always set in. Look at anything made by man that is left uncared for and it will begin to fall apart without consistent repair. And even if cared for there is always something breaking or wearing out that needs replacing. Once you start repairing and replacing the manmade item is no longer the same as when it was when created, it is now altered and less perfect even if it “appears” to be the same. Why would anyone understanding the imperfection and limited ability of the Old Covenant want to hold on to it when we have Jesus?
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