Proverbs 16 1-16-22

Out with the old and in with the new–Covenant, that is!

6 By [Jesus’] steadfast love and faithfulness sin is atoned for…

After saying above, “Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will” (Psalm 40:6-8). He takes away the first in order [Covenant] to establish the second [Covenant]10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

The Old Covenant pointed to Jesus. He is the fulfillment of the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:17). The writer of Hebrews gives a great explanation in 7:23-25,

23 The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

What a beautiful description of salvation: Those who draw near to God through Jesus. It’s all about the relationship. Salvation is not designed to just save a person from hell, but to re-establish the wounded relationship between God and man. Jesus came to restore the fellowship–and even took it up a level: We now have been invited to enjoy the Fellowship of the Trinity!

The writer of Hebrews goes on to say,

26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect [the oath completed] forever.

Tomorrow, we’ll begin looking at the type of offering Jesus gave for us.

Abba, thank You for making the way back to the Father. Being in the Fellowship of the Trinity is, indeed, heaven! Regardless of how I feel physically or what’s going on circumstantially, I can always enjoy that sweet fellowship. Wow! Amen.

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