Hebrews Chapter 8
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.
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 out 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:
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Hebrews Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
The excellence of Christ's priesthood above that of Aaron is shown. (1-6) The great excellence of the new covenant above the former. (7-13)1-6 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, depending upon his merits and mediation; for we are accepted only in the Beloved. 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. But the covenant here referred to, was that made with Israel as a nation, securing temporal 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. Let us bless God that we have a High Priest that suits our helpless condition.
7-13 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. God once wrote his laws to his people, now he will write his laws in them; he will give them understanding to know and to believe his laws; he will give them memories to retain them; he will give them hearts to love them, courage to profess them, and power to put them in practice. This is the foundation of the covenant; and when this is laid, duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and with comfort. 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 persons of all sorts. Oh that this promise might be fulfilled in our days, that the hand of God may be with his ministers so that great numbers may believe, and be turned to the Lord! The pardon of sin will always be found to accompany the true knowledge of God. Notice the freeness of this pardon; its fulness; its fixedness. This pardoning mercy is connected with all other spiritual mercies: unpardoned sin hinders mercy, and pulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment, and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings. Let us search whether we are taught by the Holy Spirit to know Christ, so as uprightly to love, fear, trust, and obey him. All worldly vanities, outward privileges, or mere notions of religion, will soon vanish away, and leave those who trust in them miserable for ever.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
John madden's Hebrews Chapter 8 comment about verse 11 on 9/26/2015, 7:17am...
All who he calls thru the gospel will understand and come to know him
Mine\''s Hebrews Chapter 8 comment on 7/06/2015, 11:57pm...
The Truth changes one 's view of how we see Jesus. He is the High Priest, ordained by God, and is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. The minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which he pitched, and not man. Being ordained High Priest it is necessary that he also have something to offer. He received a more excellent ministry, by which he also is a mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. God 's mercy to the house of Israel and the house of Judah 's unrighteousness, and to their sins and iniquities to remembers no more. Jesus the High Priest who sits on the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens forgave the sins and iniquities of their fathers and their generations. That is amazing to me, that God would forgive them and choose to receive them instead. He didn 't want them to parish, so he chose to forgive them instead, and always reaching out to the people desiring to have them repent and to reach out to him. What an amazing God!
Ernie's Hebrews Chapter 8 comment on 7/06/2015, 7:43pm...
I find this passage interesting, in that some are using verse 13 to actually condone homosexuality. While it talks about the old covenant fading away, it is because of the new covenant. While we should show mercy, we cannot condone those who do not even try to understand nor follow God.
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