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August 17, 2022 8:00 am
You know why we don't have altars and altars, a place of sacrifice. There is no place for true church to have an altar in its place of worship because the altar is a place of sacrifice, the sacrifice has already been made. Welcome back to the truth with Don Greene, founding pastor of truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio hello, I'm Bill Wright today. Don wraps up his two-part look at the new covenant. Jesus came to earth to establish how his sacrifice on the cross of Calvary did away with the need for animal sacrifice for the remission of sin once and for all. So friend if you got your Bible handy, let's get started. Here is going green with part two of a message called the new and better covenant from the truthful. Thirdly, the new covenant provides better access to God provides better access to God under the old covenant, the high priest could only enter the holy of holies once a year, and in chapter 9 of Hebrews verse six we see this discussed there was a time limitation and there was a person limitation was limited to the high priest.
Hebrews chapter 9 verse six now when these things have been so prepared speaking about under the under the Old Testament dispensation that when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship but into the second. Only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit is signifying this that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer outer tabernacle is still standing stop there for a moment and think about that through New Testament eyes.
Think about how sad that is for one who longs for the presence of God and to realize that the the inner sanctum, the place where God manifested his presence was off-limits. There was access yes there was access but it was once a year through the high priest bringing the blood of an animal, and I picture that is a New Testament believer stand doing a little bit of time travel on speaking as a fool here, but have been doing a little bit of time travel and and and loving God with a New Testament new birth, heart, and seeing that that that inner access is restricted. You can't go to where the fullness of the reality is made known. And while it's so gracious for God to provide any access to sinful people standing looking on the outside with the New Testament heart you look at it and you we sent on their still there still a barrier. I still can't go into the inner reality here, and it was deliberately set up that way by the Holy Spirit to show that the fullness and had not yet come.
Well, in the new covenant which we enjoy today. We have far better access. I mean, there is no comparison to the access that we have now compared to what they had.
Then the contrast is stunning. It is infinite. It is magnificent because, by contrast to that Old Testament reality Jesus Christ servers now in heaven any servers.
In reality, not with symbols look at chapter 9 verse 11 but when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come. He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood he entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Christ has entered into the holy throne in heaven for us. And as it were.
He he carried us with his own blood. There, whereas the high priest had that had stones on his outer vestment with the 12 tribes of Israel inscribed on on stones on his vestment and incense. He carried the man in a representative way into the into the inner sanctum. Christ, by contrast, carries us with our names written in his hands, as it were written in his blood and has has entered in there with us there with him. United with Christ he's carried us into the inner place where we have immediate full and bold access to God at all times with no further sacrifice needed with no human priest needed for those of you still confused by Catholic false teaching. Look over at the book of Ephesians turned back in your New Testament to Ephesians chapter 3 to just see a statement about this access. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which he carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in him we can go immediately into the presence of God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ as Christians be immediately received. Immediately welcomed when we go to God in prayer we have immediate access and we belong there by Christ shed blood. It is our access. It is our privilege. We have a right to be there because of that is the wonder of the gift of the new covenant that we have received in Christ. And because Christ is our priest. You must understand this beloved because Christ is our priest and is the one who intercedes for us because Christ is our one and only mediator with a holy God. First Timothy two verse five because Christ is our priest and Christ's work is finished and the father has accepted his work. We are fully reconciled so that there is no barrier to our access with God whatsoever anymore. If you are in Christ you have full, complete, immediate, ongoing, confident, bold access to God in the inner throne room of heaven. I want to tell you that's a whole lot better than the way they had to do it in the old that's all a lot better. That's the reality not the shadow the new covenant provides better access the ongoing presence of Jesus Christ at the right hand of God guarantees that we always have access to our God. We can no more lose our access to God as Christians, then someone could kick Christ out of heaven. That's remarkable. That's how much better the new covenant is than the old and we have that reality of love and I want to just pause for a moment, you're probably like me, you tend to take these things for granted.
We tend to forget the wonder and the magnificence of it under the weight of adversity, trials, uncertainty in life we lose sight of it. Well, one of the reasons that God established communion is for the church to remember things like this for it to reorient our thinking and reorient our priorities about what really matters in the marvelous gift that has been given to us in Christ. This is unspeakable how great this is this is that which was withheld from the site of the Old Testament nation of Israel and now here you and I are dwelling and luxuriating as it were in the midst of it and this is the reality that belongs to us. This is what Christ has done for us. This is the great gift that Christ is given to us better access a new heart and Christ as our priest, rather than some human flunky if I can put it that way. Tell you what, just to maintain a little bit of a polemic in an area that needs this particular polemic.
I'd sure rather have Christ as my priest than those imposters in the Catholic Church. There's no comparison is her there is no comparison.
And it's for love for Christ and even love for people in the Catholic Church that I say that they're in the same realm as is wanting to dance around in the old covenant with human sinful human mediators who can't do anything for them while Christ is in our midst, providing us with immediate access Internet access in which he says I will never, never, never leave you nor will I ever ever ever forsake you. Look over at Hebrews 13.
That's the that's the force of the Greek text Hebrews chapter 13. See you see this kind of theology matters.
This changes everything. Hebrews 13 verse five. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have and gives the ground for contentment is giving you the ground for Christian contentment and it is rooted in the reality of the things of which we speak today, for he himself has said, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.
The idea is I will never, never, never desert you. It's a triple negative in Greek nor will I ever ever ever forsake you in case you missed it on the first round of the second round are supposed to get it on the third. With this kind of emphasis Christ will never forsake his people were impossible. The stars will fall out of heaven before that happens. So what does this mean for us.
Verse six so that we confidently say the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me if this is my Christ and this is my access. What do I have the fear on earth. The obvious answer is nothing. No man, not death.
Nothing. That's how wonderful it is will. Fourthly, we need to keep moving here.
Another contrast that shows us how the new covenant is better than the old covenant, the new covenant has a better sacrifice has a better sacrifice. This is undeniable.
The old system offered up sacrifices that could not really genuinely take away sin was just covering for a time. Chapter 10 verse one of Hebrews for the law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very form of things, can never by the same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered because the worshipers having once been clans would no longer have had consciousness of sin. Why do you have to keep offering it again and again if it actually accomplish what you were looking for is merely a pattern, a shadowed point to the future reality verse three but in those sacrifices there is a reminder ascends year by year, for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. The animal sacrifices only were assembled they they symbolized the ransom price do you know you realize you remember what we have in Christ we have the actual price paid. We have Christ actually paid the price in his own blood he was able to offer the perfect human sacrifice because he was sinless, he was able to offer a sacrifice that took away human sin because it takes human blood to pay for human sin and it takes human blood that has the quality of deity to it, to provide an infinite value to it that allows many to find other access and him bulls and lands and goats that could never do that.
It's astonishing to me that there are people who are so fascinated with Old Testament symbols want to go back to those in practice those even as even as supposed supposed Christians, we don't do that we don't do that because Christ has eclipsed all of that and made it all unnecessary.
Now that the reality is, the symbols are not needed and should be put away never to be brought out again. Look at verse 11 of the same chapter. Chapter 10 verse 11 and will start in verse nine behold, I have come to do your will. He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering in offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, but he, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time. It's amazing isn't it one time he did it one day and it was good forever. He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet. For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. Those who are set apart by God and so we have in Christ.
The better sacrifice infinitely obviously so than anything that was offered under the old dispensation and so we have seen for the contrast there's a better mediator. It's better because it changes the heart provides better access. It's a better sacrifice for fully and finally the new covenant brings real purification real purification see as I've already said and under the old covenant. There was just a covering for Sandy wasn't actually taken away. The new actually removed verse 15 where it says in the Holy Spirit also testifies to us for after saying this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws upon their heart and on their mind. I will write them. He then says in their sins and their lawless deeds.
I will remember no more.
Now where there is forgiveness of these things there is no longer any offering for sin, you know why we don't have altars in a true New Testament church and alters a place of sacrifice. There is there is no place for true church to have an altar in its in its place of worship because the alters a place of sacrifice, the sacrifice has already been made and so were wheat we take out alters bring a table of remembrance. Instead because there is no sacrifice, because Christ has obtained complete forgiveness by his once for all sacrifice at the cross of Calvary. You know when you read the four Gospels you read about the crucifixion of Christ is easy to get caught up in the human drama of it. It is a compelling story for sure to read that. But what we have in the epistles is that which interprets it and helps us understand the fullness of the meaning of what was going on there.
Christ was, not only dying for our sins.
There he was, he was inaugurating something completely new, completely better for the people of God, which is immeasurable and infinite and and and eternal in its scope friends, let me say something by way of application here. If you can hear things like this and be unmoved by the I want to tell you. You are not a Christian. No matter what else you think about yourself no matter what else your experience and religion has been because the new heart which is given to you in the new birth vibrates with love for the reality of these kinds of things and so I say that simply to help you discern your own heart. The one sacrifice of Christ 2000 years ago, excels the sacrifice of millions of animals you could sacrifice bulls and goats and lands hundreds of times an hour every hour of the day for all of the years, spanning throughout all of eternity in the one sacrifice of Christ would still be infinitely greater than the mall combined. That's how great the sacrifice under the new covenant is well, what shall we make of this new covenant, how shall we appropriated as believers here today. Well, the writer of Hebrews goes on in verse 19, having set forth.
All of these wonderful contrast force. He says in verse 19. Therefore, as a consequence of the superior excellence of the person of Christ in the superior excellence of his sacrifice superior excellence of the new covenant compared to the old. Therefore, as a consequence of all of those things, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way which he inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God hears what were to do were to draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
What we do in response to this better.
This new and better covenant we draw near, we draw near, not by the deeds of our hands. But by faith in Christ, we draw near with a sincere heart that that is fully assured that Christ is who he said he was the Christ did fulfill and accomplish redemption for his people that there is nothing more to be done. Nothing more to be added. The Christ is all in all, to us he is satisfied the demands of divine justice for everyone who believes in him and we draw near, by faith, we draw near in humble repentance and give thanks and give of our of this new heart that he is given to us.
We give it all in totality back to them. I belong to the gratefully I belong to the I & O Lord, take me, use me. Keep me till you bring me to my heavenly is that your hope today is Christ the way the truth and the life to you. So much so that you understand that you will forsake all of your own righteousness you forsake any other way to God. The thought is important to you that there could be any other way. Talk to me are you trusting Christ by faith alone because my friends, he is the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through him.
Indeed, Jesus Christ is our only hope for the forgiveness of sins and a future home in heaven with him. Thanks for being with us today on the truth pulpit with our teacher Don Greene. We invite you to join us next time. For more from God's magnificent word. Meanwhile, if you'd like to learn more about our ministry. Or perhaps you'd like to hear this message again. Just go to the truth.
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