Today in God’s Word
Numbers 10; Psalm 46-47; Song of Solomon 8; Hebrews 8
“6 But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6, ESV)
Christ’s ministry is the substance. The high priest of the Old Testament was a shadow and a preparation. The new covenant in the blood of Jesus is the substance. Jesus serves a greater ministry with greater promises of a heart change from the inside out worked by the omnipotence of God rather than an external law requiring our outward efforts and resulting in our failure to keep it. Better promises. This is awesome. The first promise required our keeping of the external law and the new promise is that Jesus will keep it and write in us a spiritual law upon our hearts and that he will empower us to keep this law and he will work in us a salvation that depends not upon our righteousness, but only his own. Better promises indeed!
“40 I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.” (Jeremiah 32:40–41, ESV)
“6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6, ESV)
“9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—” (Philippians 3:9, ESV)
Soli Deo Gloria!