Hebrews 8* The excellence of Christ's priesthood above that of Aaron isshown. (1-6) The great excellence of the new covenant above theformer. (7-13)1-6 The substance, or summary, of what had been declared was,that Christians had such a High Priest as they needed. He tookupon himself human nature, appeared on earth, and there gavehimself as a sacrifice to God for the sins of his people. Wemust not dare to approach God, or to present any thing to him,but in and through Christ, depending upon his merits andmediation; for we are accepted only in the Beloved. In allobedience and worship, we should keep close to God's word, whichis the only and perfect standard. Christ is the substance andend of the law of righteousness. But the covenant here referredto, was that made with Israel as a nation, securing temporalbenefits to them. The promises of all spiritual blessings, andof eternal life, revealed in the gospel, and made sure throughChrist, are of infinitely greater value. Let us bless God thatwe have a High Priest that suits our helpless condition. 7-13 The superior excellence of the priesthood of Christ, abovethat of Aaron, is shown from that covenant of grace, of whichChrist was Mediator. The law not only made all subject to it,liable to be condemned for the guilt of sin, but also was unableto remove that guilt, and clear the conscience from the senseand terror of it. Whereas, by the blood of Christ, a fullremission of sins was provided, so that God would remember themno more. God once wrote his laws to his people, now he willwrite his laws in them; he will give them understanding to knowand to believe his laws; he will give them memories to retainthem; he will give them hearts to love them, courage to professthem, and power to put them in practice. This is the foundationof the covenant; and when this is laid, duty will be donewisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, andwith comfort. A plentiful outpouring of the Spirit of God willmake the ministration of the gospel so effectual, that thereshall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledgein persons of all sorts. Oh that this promise might be fulfilledin our days, that the hand of God may be with his ministers sothat great numbers may believe, and be turned to the Lord! Thepardon of sin will always be found to accompany the trueknowledge of God. Notice the freeness of this pardon; itsfulness; its fixedness. This pardoning mercy is connected withall other spiritual mercies: unpardoned sin hinders mercy, andpulls down judgments; but the pardon of sin prevents judgment,and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings. Let us searchwhether we are taught by the Holy Spirit to know Christ, so asuprightly to love, fear, trust, and obey him. All worldlyvanities, outward privileges, or mere notions of religion, willsoon vanish away, and leave those who trust in them miserablefor ever.
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