THE BETTER THINGS
The Apostle speaks of better things that Jesus offers as a priest after the order of Melchisedec. We see the necessity of something better. The evident need of change by the facts stated. The result was a more excellent ministry, a better covenant.
I. THE NECESSITY, vs. 11-13.
A. The Levitical Priesthood was not perfect.
1. The priests were sinners just like everyone else.
2. The High Priest had to offer a sacrifice for his own sin before he could offer sacrifice for the sins of the congregation, Hebrews 7:27, “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”
B. Therefore, the old order was only a shadow of future things, Hebrews 10:1, “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.”
II. THE EVIDENT: THE NEED FOR CHANGE, vs. 14-17.
A. Jesus was not a Levite, but from the tribe of Judah, v. 14, “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.”
1. Moses had said nothing about the tribe of Judah in regard to the priesthood.
2. Nothing heretofore was mentioned in the Law outside of the tribe of Levi, Exodus 40:13-15, “And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office. 14-And thou shalt bring his sons, and clothe them with coats: 15-And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office: for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.”
B. There arises another priest, Hebrews 7:15-16, “And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16-Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.”
1. “Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment.”
2. “But after the power of an endless life.”
III. THE FACTS, vs. 18-21.
A. The Law made nothing perfect, Romans 8:3, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”
B. Something better was needed, a better HOPE, v. 19, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.”
IV. THE RESULTS, vs. 22-28.
A. Jesus has given us a more excellent ministry, Hebrews 8:6, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
1. “He is the mediator of a better covenant.”
2. This covenant “was established upon better promises.”
B. Jesus is the SURITY of a BETTER Testament, vs. 22-23.
1. Jesus has an unchanging priesthood, vs. 24-25.
2. Jesus is a better Priest, vs. 26-28.
(1) His Character, v. 26, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”
a. He is holy.
b. He is harmless.
c. He is undefiled.
d. He is separate from sinners.
e. He is made higher than the heavens.
(2) His offering was a “once for all” offering, Hebrew 10:10, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
C. God’s Word has made the Son of God a Consecrate High Priest, v. 28, “For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.”
1. Consecrated means PERFECTED.
2. His was a perfectly accomplished priesthood.
The Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest has no infirmities to hinder His work. He had no sin of His own and therefore, is our PERFECT HIGH PRIEST. He is consecrated to fulfill His Word and therefore, our perfect Savior for evermore.