Hebr.8-9 Tell The Truth

Hebrews 8:1-9:28 October 22 2006

Our study in chapter 7 shower Christ as a superior
priest. The first six verses of chapter 8 are a summary
of that truth. Six better (superior) things are listed:
high priest, sanctuary, sacrifice, covenant, promises,
and ministry.
Several chapters have been devoted to a discussion of
the High Priest, but none to how He carries out His
priestly functions. This is the theme of the next two
and one-half chapters.

1. Tell of Jesus’ Ministry (Heb. 8:1-2,6a

Hebr. 8:1 The point of what we are saying is this: We
do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right
hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 8:2 and
who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up
by the Lord, not by man. 8:3 Every high priest is
appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it
was necessary for this one also to have something to
offer. 8:4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest,
for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed
by the law. 8:5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy
and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was
warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See
to it that you make everything according to the pattern
shown you on the mountain.” 8:6a But the ministry Jesus
has received is as superior

Majesty is a reference to God the Father. Apart from
the parallel wording in Heb. 1:3 and the use in Jude
25, this word is not found elsewhere in the New
Testament. The fact that this Priest was seated at
the right hand enhance His status, since this position
next to the ruling power was a place of honor, dignity,
and power.

2. Tell Of Jesus’ Covenant (Her. 8:6b-10)

Hebr. 8:6b to theirs as the covenant of which he is
mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on
better promises. 8:7 For if there had been nothing wrong
with that first covenant, no place would have been sought
for another. 8:8 But God found fault with the people and
said : “The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will
make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the
house of Judah. 8:9 It will not be like the covenant I made
with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead
them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to
my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
8:10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of
Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws
in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their
God, and they will be my people.

Christ is the mediator of a better covenant. His ministry
is seen in the context of the covenant. A mediator is a
go-between, an arbitrator between two parties. He
Preserves the honor of God while looking for sinners
whom He can rescue and reclaim.
This new covenant is better than the old because it is
Based on better promises. In addition, the new covenant
has a higher spiritual purpose because God’s law is written
on the heart Hebr.8:10.

3. Tell Of Jesus’ Sacrifice (Heb. 9:22-28)

Hebr. 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything
be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood
there is no forgiveness. 9:23 It was necessary, then, for
the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these
sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better
sacrifices than these. 9:24 For Christ did not enter a man-
made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he
entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.
9:25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again,
the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year
with blood that is not his own. 9:26 Then Christ would have
had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But
now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do
away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 9:27 Just as man
is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 9:28
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many
people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but
to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The value of earthly sacrifices was a method of portraying
heavenly truth. The heavenly thing mentioned in these verse’s
symbolize the spiritual sphere in which believers enjoy
atonement. Better sacrifices refer to the death of Christ
only because all the other sacrifices served as copies of
His sacrifice.


Our Lord died once, having been offered to bear the sins
of the world. This idea is seen in Isaiah 53:12 and 1 Peter
2:24. Also, John the Baptist announced that “the Lamb of God
would take away the sin of the world” John 1:29.
The Lord will appear a second time – a reference to His
Second Coming – to usher His people, those who are waiting
for Him, into the fullest culmination of their salvation
The superior nature of Jesus’ sacrifice makes our
responsibility to share this good news all the greater.