A better covenant  


The book of Hebrews chapter nine from verses six to ten gives us an account of how things were done in the Old Testament:  

Well, when all was ready 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 then only once a year, all alone, and always with blood which 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. And the Holy Spirit uses this to point out to us that under the old system the common people could not go into the Holy of Holies as long as the outer room and the entire system it represents were still in use. This has an important lesson for us today. For under the old system, gifts and sacrifices were offered, but these failed to cleanse the hearts of the people who brought them. For the old system dealt only with certain rituals-what foods to eat and drink; rules for washing themselves, and rules about this and that. The people had to keep these rules to tide them over until Christ came with God’s new and better way. (TLB)  

Under the old covenant, only the high priest could go once a year into the Holy of Holies. It was the most sacred and holiest part of the temple, and he dare not go without blood except he wanted to pay with his own blood. Imagine that you had to pile up all your prayer requests and records of sins for a whole year before you could present it to the priest, who would then pass it on to God simply because you didn’t have direct access to God. That was exactly how things were under the Old covenant; no common person could approach God for himself.  

The worst part of it was that even the sacrifices being offered were only for the covering of their sins, it failed to cleanse their hearts of wicked works; it could be likened to washing the outside of a pot but leaving the inside unclean, full of dirt. But thanks be unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the mediator of a better covenant founded upon better promises, through Him and in Him we have uninterrupted access to the Father, having our sins eternally forgiven by God thereby securing for us an eternal salvation.      

  “He came as High priest of this better system which we now have. He went into that greater, perfect tabernacle in the heaven, not made by men nor part of this world, and once for all took blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies and sprinkled it on the mercy seat; but it was not the blood of goats and calves. No, he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation.” – Hebrews 9:11-12 TLB


Did you see that?  

The Bible says “once for all” – your freedom from sin is a done deal in Christ! The extent of His love for us was expressed in that, “he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself…” – not that he sent someone on his behalf, but he did it by himself. That’s how much God loves you my dear; He did go all the way and paid the ultimate price, just for you.  

Through his death and resurrection, we have peace with God, free access to the Father and freedom from sin; His blood has set us all free!         

 “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence”       Ephesians 3:12 NIV                


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