May 22 2012

What is True in Christ… GOOD NEWS!

clay

The message of the New Testament book of Hebrews can be summarized by three Great Flags of the Reformation that can be seen throughout this book:

1. There is no other High Priest — But Christ.
“The point of what we have been saying is this: We… have… a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven… Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.” Hebrews 8:1; 7:24

2. There is no other Confessional — But the Throne of Grace.
“Since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God… Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14,16

3. There is no other Sacrifice — But Calvary.
“Unlike other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins ONCE FOR ALL when he offered himself.” Hebrews 7:27

These great truths must have come as a great relief to Hebrew Christians who were weary of the endless ceremonies and rituals. They should also come as a relief to us who are so prone to fall into trying to work our way into God’s favor.
BECAUSE OF THE NEW COVENANT, WHICH WAS RATIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AT THE CROSS, every believer receives the following benefits:

• In Christ… We can rest from our own futile attempts to save ourselves.
“For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:10

• In Christ… We have been made perfect.
“By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14

• In Christ… We have full assurance.
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience…” Hebrews 10:22

• In Christ… We have total security.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19