Friday, February 9, 2018

Colossians 1:9-14 Prayer of the Saints

Colossians 1:9-14 Prayer of the Saints

Colossians 1:9-14 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

This passage shows us the vibrant nature of the prayers continually offered up by Paul and Timothy for the saints in Colossae. We gain much insight as to how we should pray. Our time this morning will be to mine this passage to see how we should pray. Ever been convicted by Scripture?
There should not be any argument that prayer should be a steady part of every Christian’s daily walk with the Lord. As with any part of our Christian life, we can easily be pulled away by apathy, laziness, distraction, distress, abundance, joy, and pretty much anything else that comes our way. It sometimes seems like we have as much trouble staying focused on the invisible God as did the Jewish people so long ago, when they demanded a human king just like the pagan nations had. Samuel was told by God that he, the prophet of Israel, was the one being rejected; He – their God – was being rejected, since the day I brought them out of Egypt until this day, abandoning Me and worshiping other gods.

As we reflect on prayer in this passage of Scripture, I pray we will each be inclined to be more biblical and consistent in our prayer life – and not reject God as the Jewish nation did. We have been delivered from the power of darkness much like Israel had been delivered from Egypt. Let us learn from them and this apostle how to not follow in their steps, but follow after Christ!

We will look at 4 aspects of pray that this passage teaches on: Why we should pray, when we should pray, how we should pray, and who can pray. If these questions have never entered your mind, I hope in Christ you will consider them this day.
     Why pray (read verse 9)

Paul begins this paragraph with a phrase that calls our attention elsewhere – for this cause we pray for you. Where do we find Paul’s reason? If we look back to verses 4-6 we’ll see Paul & Timothy were prompted to pray because they were thankful for the work God was doing among the saints in that small, remote town. The gospel was bearing fruit and spreading throughout the region; the saints loved one another and had put their hope in heaven; their lives were grounded in the truth of God’s Word and the grace He gives to each of the redeemed.

One of the biggest reasons found in the Bible for the saints of God to pray is to give thanks to Him! In addition to the reasons found here, we find Jesus giving thanks to the Father when He multiplied the fish and loaves as He fed the masses; when He broke the bread and shared the cup of at the first Lord’s Supper. We see Anna, a servant in the temple when Jesus was brought for circumcision, giving thanks to God for the redemption that had come to Jerusalem. The one leper returned to Jesus, fell at His feet and gave thanks for his healing. During his shipwreck, Paul gave thanks to God for the food and gives thanks to God for the victory we have in Christ Jesus. He told the Ephesians that he always thanks God for them as he remembered them in his prayer. And Paul also tells us all food created by God is good and should not be rejected if received with thanksgiving.

Are we thankful people – even for the everyday things such as what we eat? Even for the eternal things like the salvation of one another?

2.      When to pray

It’s in verse 9 that we see when to pray for others – when we hear of the reason we ought to pray. How often do we tell people “I’ll pray for you”? And then we fail to pray for them. How much better, in many ways, to pray right then! When we are the most busy – it’s time to pray. When Jesus was mere hours away from being arrested, He withdrew to spend time in prayer with the Father. When danger lurks, we should pray so we do not enter into temptation – no waiting until we fall into it! Cornelius knew of God but knew he didn’t know God – and he spent time in prayer, seeking understanding. When Peter was in prison (Acts 12), those who loved him prayed for him. When a married couple is having difficulties, praying together is God’s way for them to be healed. And in Ephesians 6 Paul tells to pray all the time – for the spread of the gospel and for the church. James tells us to pray when we’re sick and to pray for those who are sick. And Peter instructs us (1 Peter 4:7) Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer.

Are we a praying people? I don’t know about you, but I need BIG improvement in this area. It would be good for us as a church to spend time together praying – not merely as a short time after Bible study. Maybe instead of Bible study. It’s always a good time for God’s people to draw near to Him in prayer.

3.      How to pray (verses 9b-12)

In our daily lives, what constitutes most of our prayers? Is it not things of our fleshly bodies – health, finances, families? What do we see here? I am sure that the saints in Colossae, as well as Paul and Timothy, had nagging problems with their health, finances, weight, and myriad other earthly aggravations. Yet we don’t see them praying or asking for prayer for those matters in this passage.

One thing that can help is pray properly is to recognize the nature of prayer. One author (Brian Hedges) observed, “prayer is the greatest, most exalted form of communication a human being can attempt. For prayer is communication with God. Communion with God. Speaking to God, the Creator of the universe, the Sustainer of worlds, the Lord of the ages. Prayer is speaking to this God—and being heard!”

We find in our passage prayers for wisdom and spiritual understanding; obedience (walk worthy); bearing fruit; and growing in knowledge of God. Woe unto those who think they can slide along without diligence, woe to those who think they’ve arrived, woe to all who think need no more wisdom from God!

But do we, who acknowledge our woeful inadequacies in each of these areas, plead with God through prayer to be ever conformed to and content with Him? Our prayers should primarily contain thanksgiving for the blood of Christ that cleanses us from sin; praise to God for He alone is worthy of our praise as our Creator and sustainer and advocate; confession to Him as we realize how imperfectly we walk as He has called us; and requests that He have mercy on those who are perishing, strengthen the weak, grant us wisdom as we witness.

We are free to pray for physical things – for ourselves and others – once we take of first things. As we think of all the things that crowd our minds for attention, let us remember the instructions to fix our minds on heavenly things that we might be mindful of the first things we ought to pray for.
Lest we forget, the apostle also shows us here that our prayers ought to be filled with praise to God for Who He is – greatly to be praised. Not only in corporate praise, but in our personal time when we approach Him in prayer. Since we have so much to be thankful for, praise to Him Who provides is not merely just, but good for our souls. These prayers remind us of our dependence upon the Lord our God, as well as His faithfulness to provide for us.

4.      Who can pray? (verses 112b - 14)

Does the one who is rescued deserve credit for his rescue from sin and death? As Paul mentioned to the church in Rome, where then is the boasting? It is excluded! By what law – of works? No! By the law of faith! (Rom 3:27) In whom do we boast? Only in Christ Jesus! So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. (2 Cor 2:17) When we look in our passage at who can pray, we see it is those who have been qualified, rescued, transferred, and redeemed; all of these actions noted by Paul in these verses have God as the one taking them. We boast in the name of the Lord, our God! (Psalm 20:7) We will take a quick look at these 4 characteristics to see how they qualify us to pray to God rightly.
a.       Qualified. In verse 12 Paul gives thanks for the saints in Colossae whom the Father has qualified to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. The KJV says we were made to be partakers in this inheritance. Formerly we walked in darkness, as do all the children of Adam. But having been made partakers in Christ Jesus, we now walk in the light as children of the most high God; heirs of His kingdom in the age to come. By calling us saints, God denotes we have been set apart and as such, we can approach Him with boldness – with the holiness He provides, without which none can approach Him. Only those qualified can pray to Creator God.

b.      Rescued. In verse 13, Paul starts off saying we have been rescued or delivered from the domain or authority and rule of darkness. When Judas betrayed the Lord Jesus, and the chief priests, temple police, and elders were upon Him, He asked them why they came with weapons and force, observing, “Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour — and the dominion of darkness.” (Luke 22:53). Though he is bound from deceiving the nations for the time, Satan is the power behind those who wreak havoc and cry out against the light of the Word of God. People how have no shame, but demand full acceptance of their debauchery as normal. We have been rescued from that dominion, sin is no longer our master. Those who belong to the darkness do not have the ear of God, for He is not their father.

c.       Transferred. Still in verse 13 the apostle tells us where we’ve been delivered to. For God has not merely rescued us from the dominion of darkness, He has transferred or translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son that He loves! Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil 3:20) So many seem to miss this idea – God does not merely set us free from master sin; He delivers us to Master Grace! If we were only set free from sin, we would be as Adam and Eve – having to live perfectly to enjoy fellowship with our Creator. But, in truth, we are in far better shape than Adam and Eve – we have been made righteous in Christ. Not only free from master sin, but reconciled to Master Grace! This means we have access to our Father, our prayers are sweet aroma to Him. What a privilege!

d.      Redeemed. In the last verse in our passage, Paul tells us we have redemption in Him, Christ Jesus. This word redemption means to buy back something that has been sold or put away in a pawn shop. In our case, we were slaves in the sin market and God redeemed us from that kingdom, at the high cost of the death of His Son, bringing us into the kingdom of Light. This redemption in Christ brings us forgiveness, the act of God putting our sins away; put away as certainly as is the death of Jesus; so nobody can buy them back and hang them around our necks! Forgiveness of sins, redeemed: the highest act of love, God became man, lived under the Law, was tempted in every way yet sinned not, and drank the cup of God’s wrath due us. Because we are forgiven, we have standing before the throne of God.

Having seen all that has been done so we can approach God, having seen the glorious truths that we can thank Him for, being in awe at being found in Christ having His righteousness – we should be unable to keep quiet or be distracted from rightly praying. John Hedges summed it up:

Astronomers have discovered that some stars seen with a naked eye in the night sky are actually whole clusters of stars. What appears to be a single star is actually an entire system filled with burning orbs of light. That’s what this passage is like. The truth here is vast, containing more glory than we can fully grasp. No wonder Paul bursts into thanksgiving to God! And so should we.
When we truly begin to grasp the extraordinary power of the gospel of Christ that turns us into the new creation people of God characterized by faith, hope, and love—people who bear fruit in every good work, growing in our knowledge of God and strengthened by his power—how can we not give thanks? The saving power of God has rescued us from darkness through the new exodus accomplished by the redeeming death of his Son, our Lord Jesus. He has transferred us into the kingdom of light. He has given us a share in the inheritance of God’s holy people.
Let us rejoice as God’s holy people. Let us sing His praises and pray with joyful hearts for the glorious blessings He has given us – including each other. Henry Lyte helps us keep these things is proper perspective in his hymn:
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King!

Brian Hedge: “When we truly begin to grasp the extraordinary power of the gospel of Christ that turns us into the new creation people of God characterized by faith, hope, and love—people who bear fruit in every good work, growing in our knowledge of God and strengthened by his power—how can we not give thanks”, in prayer and praise?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Colossians 1:1-8 The Fruit of the Gospel

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Colossians 1:1-8 The Fruit of the Gospel

I. Paul’s identity (verse 1)
II. Paul’s greeting (verse 2)
III. Paul’s thanks to God (verse 3 & 4)
IV. Paul’s confidence in Christ (verses 5 & 6)
V. The Fruit of the gospel (verses 6-8)


We each ought to imitate Paul in these things:
1.      Our identity is in Christ, not of fleshly things. Yes, we love our parents and grandparents and we rejoice when any of our earthly family is reconciled to God. But fleshly genealogies are fables – fleshly and unable to save. The Jews had fallen into the pit of thinking their fleshly relationship to Abraham insured their right standing before God. It is by grace through faith in Christ that we and anyone else is saved. He is our life – we are complete in Him. Let us not add to or subtract from the One Who gave Himself for us.

2.      We should love one another, all who are in the family of God, not thinking we or anyone else is better than another. We must take care not be swayed by those who have money and nice clothes, preferring them over one who has nothing and wears rough clothes. Skin color, social status, rank – none of these have any place in the body of Christ as things that should divide us.

3.      As Paul wrote in another place, we should (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Envy has no place in our midst. When one suffers, we all suffer. When one abounds, we all rejoice. We work together as God has gifted us, for the equipping of the saints – each other. Thankful to God He has called us to Himself and given us to one another.

4.      Just our identity is in the Lord Jesus, so our confidence is to be in Him. It is all too common for Christians to get burdened down with cares of this world and forget the One they are yoked to. Worry and anxiety about earthly things crowd out the joy we to have as God’s children. We should keep our mind fixed on heavenly things, where Christ is seated. He is our strength and strong tower when the storm gales of this age blow.

The fruit of the gospel is what we seek – not fleshly things the world values. When we see Christians concerned about big, fancy buildings, flashy programs, entertainment – all designed to look attractive to the world and bring in unconverted people by the score, we see those who have lost sight of the power of God unto salvation. He will bring every lost sheep back to His sheepfold and He has given us His gospel as the means of serving Him in this redemptive plan. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Introduction to Paul’s Letter to the church at Colossae

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He (Christ Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. This is the thesis statement, the core truth of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. A study of this epistle will reveal Jesus as the answer to life.

Nearly every New Testament letter from Paul was written to combat heresy in one or more local churches; Ephesians is the exception. While Colossians doesn’t specify what heresy had infected that church, one can almost hear the whispers, “Jesus is not enough.” Many think an early form of Gnosticism was emerging. What makes this epistle so vital for life in the church in this age, until Christ returns, is the glorious picture of our Lord Jesus is painted in words by the apostle. It is instructive for us to see the evil distractions from the gospel the enemy put into the church in Paul’s day, but it is essential for life and godliness that we grasp the gospel and the person of Christ as held forth in Scripture. In this short letter, the lord Jesus is presented as our life – quite a contrast to our drab routine; something that ought to bring renewed life to weary saints.

This introduction follows the commentary by John Kitchens and covers 5 questions we should answer:
1.      Who wrote this letter?
2.      To whom was it written?
3.      What were the circumstances?
4.      Why did Paul write it?
5.      What does this letter teach us?

1. This first topic is important but not vital. We who believe in the inspiration of Scripture know the dual-authorship of the Bible and know God is the Author of what His people wrote. Yet knowing the human author helps us when we can learn about him through other passages. This is particularly helpful in rightly understanding Proverbs, for example.

Nobody questioned Paul’s authorship of this epistle until a few 19th century scholars offered up an alternative. The first two verses seem pretty clear to us: Colossians 1:1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. But some smart people, as men see them, said the vocabulary, theology, and style of writing is too different from Paul’s other letters; that Paul works against Gnosticism which was not fully developed until the 2nd century. None of these objections stand up in light of a basic understanding of the Bible. Liberals seem to have it as their goal to cause us to doubt the Word of God.

2. Written to the saints in Colossae, a town that had been prominent but was now bypassed by the major highway that had driven its commerce; not unlike Gowen or Hartshorne – both of which were prosperous in the mid-20th century as goal mining and defense electronics provided a large bounty of gainful employment. The region Colossae is in was also severely affected by an earthquake, and commerce went with the new highway to Laodicea and Hierapolis. We see in 2:1 that, at the time of this epistle, Paul had not been to Colossae or Laodicea: For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face. What kindness of God, to have this apostle write to these people in a small neglected town he had never met, yet loved in Christ having been told of the work the Lord had been doing in their midst.
Most likely, Epaphrus had established this church, as we read in 4:12-13 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. Paul’s confidence was not in his personal work, but in the work done through him and others by the Spirit of God.

One thought occurred to me –apostles were foundational to the New Covenant church (see Eph 2:20) yet most of them wrote no Scripture and are not mentioned much by those who did. Men who labor in obscurity, in man’s perspective, always are in view of our heavenly Father. Our service to one another is pleasing in His sight, even if we are not famous among men; as it is His Spirit that wills and equips us to do so. Let us never drift away from seeking God’s approval in favor of man’s.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Job – A Story About the Sovereignty of God

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(Background – from ESV Study Bible) The story of Job has its setting outside Israel to the east and south (Uz is related to Edom, which may be the setting of the book), the author of Job is a Hebrew, thoroughly immersed in the Hebrew Scriptures. The time in which the account of Job is set is not known with precision – many consider the context of Job’s culture and put him in the time of Abraham.

The earliest reference to Job outside the book itself is in Ezekiel. The prophet names three paragons of virtue (chap 14:12 – 14): And the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord GOD.” It is not certain whether Ezekiel knew of these men from the biblical narrative or if his knowledge was from God. If Ezekiel knew of Job through the biblical book, then Job would have lived prior to the Babylonian exile.

The author of Job makes direct allusion to the Hebrew Scriptures (e.g., Ps. 8:4; cf. Job 7:17–18), and at times quotes lines directly (Ps. 107:40; Isa. 41:20; cf. Job 12:21, 24). Such precise repetition of phrases and reapplication of biblical thought indicates that Job had access to these writings, though again it cannot be certain in what form they existed. The author uses a lot of vocabulary with meanings known in later Hebrew. This does not confirm a more precise dating but may favor a date that is during or after the Babylonian exile (538 BC). It would appear that this book may have been written as many as 600 years after Job lived – not without precedent in Scripture, as Moses wrote Genesis some 2,700 years after Creation. None of this is cause for worry, as it is God Who is the primary author of all Scripture.

The book of Job asks the question – “Can God be trusted?” It is fair to say that most of our attention is on Job and his loss and the rough treatment received at the hands of his friends and wife. But the lesson we are to gain from this book is found in the reply from God; that He alone can be trusted, that He alone is creator and sovereign – He is God and He is not obligated to answer His creatures! This maddens those who deny His existence or sovereignty, but ought to comfort us who are redeemed by Christ. If God is not sovereign over all things, He cannot be trusted in anything.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

God’s Faithful Promise

In anticipation of the Christmas season, last week we reviewed the biblical account for why Jesus had to come as a man to save us. We are by nature in desperate need of a savior, having no hope and without God in the world (Eph 2:12); Christ Jesus is the only One Who can save us, reconcile helpless sinners to God – He is our peace!

Today, we review the biblical account of God’s faithful promise to provide this savior.
Several decades back, a Christian para-church organization took the nation by storm. Promise Keepers filled football stadiums with hundreds of thousands of men, listening to preaching and singing hymns. Many of those who went wanted to be better men, men who would keep their promises to lead their families rightly and walk in obedience to God. And for several years, many men were redeemed, revived, and reconciled. But the leaders of this ministry were found to be much less than their public facades portrayed. The founder confessed that he was a miserable failure and his right hand man drifted into gross theological error. And many critics and men who benefited from this ministry turned aside and followed them no more.

We read in the Scriptures that God is not like man, that He should lie (Numbers 23:19); so a promise made by God is something more sure than any promise man can make. God warns man that it’s better for us not to make a promise or vow than to make one and not keep it (Eccl 5:5 & 6). The gap between the two – creature and Creator – in keeping promises is as great as the gap between us in character. Our confidence must therefore be in God and Christ Jesus (He is the faithful witness – Rev 1:5), for they are faithful and rock-solid, while we are weak and fickle. With this reminder, let us see the awesome power of the One Who can make a promise and is certain to keep it.

The birth of Jesus and His work of redemption was not a reaction to the creature’s faithlessness. We see this in 1 Peter 1:20 & 21 - He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. The Fall was not unplanned; the redemption found in Christ was not a reaction. Since man’s fall was inevitable, due to our weak frame, God determined before the world was created that the Son would redeem sinners and bring many sons to glory (Heb 2:10). The main reason creation exists is to glorify the Creator. Again we turn to Peter – If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11) The first phrase shows us how the man who preaches must not speak as a mere man with an opinion, but as a man who stands in fear of God to proclaim and preach the Word of God. Next we see that all who serve in any capacity are to do so recognizing it is God who gives such gifts. Lastly we see the reason – that in all things, preaching and serving, God will be glorified. And this glory is possible because we are in Christ Jesus. The oracles of God tell us Jesus is the focus of Scripture (Luke 24:27), promised to us before the world began (Titus 1:2).

Monday, December 11, 2017

Man's Fallen Condition

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Christmas is coming. People who know Jesus and those who merely know the name will be making much of Dec 25th, although their reasons differ widely. The person and cross of Christ continues to divide history and implies there’s a problem. 
We hear evidence of it every time a police siren howls. The priceless sacrifice of the Son of God makes no sense if there’s no need. The question we must address is, what is the problem that requires this act? Humanists and politicians will tell you that man is intrinsically good – all he needs is a good education and good examples. The politicians need to say this because it makes people feel good about themselves and it creates demands for their services – education and public service announcements. Humanists are the unrighteous people Paul wrote about in Romans 1 who suppress their knowledge of the truth by their unrighteousness. The Bible tells us what the problem is – man has rebelled against Holy God and is by nature at war with God (Rom 5:10) and spiritually dead (Eph 2:1), hurtling towards physical death (Rom 6:23).
We see this played out in front of us on the TV news all the time. Someone does something outright horrible and none of their family or neighbors could accept the news. It’s the same virtually every time. The murderers amongst us seem so normal. The mother whose adult son is arrested cannot admit he would do such a thing. Yet every day these normal sons and daughters demonstrate the Word of God to be true – man is, by nature, hostile towards God and sinfully wicked in his fleshly desires.
The Apostle summed this up for the fine folks in Corinth: For as by a man came death … in Adam all die … (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) and Rome: Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned … death reigned from Adam to Moses … many died through one man’s trespass … the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation …because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man … one trespass led to condemnation for all men … by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners… (Romans 5:12-19).

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What's the New Covenant?

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The New Covenant – Fullness in Christ.

Even a casual read of the Bible reveals several covenants. Many books have been written about them. One covenant, the New Covenant, stands as the answer to everything that is wrong, God’s final Word on making all things right. The glory of being in Christ Jesus is revealed in this covenant, which binds Christ and His church together, providing redemption and eternal salvation for sinners. The sign of the New Covenant is circumcision not made with human hands followed by water baptism (Colossians 2:11-12). The Lord's Supper is another sign within this covenant, reminding us of its Author and His return (1 Corinthians 11:25). One dear brother I count as a friend helps us see this:

Baptism serves as an outward sign of the inward grace of regeneration and union with Christ. It is less than meaningless if there is no inward grace to reflect. Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20). What Jesus is saying is that this cup of wine represents the new covenant he is going to ratify by shedding his blood. This cup becomes the sign of that covenant.  Every time we take communion we should rejoice that we are heirs of the new and better covenant that was ratified by his blood.

In Hebrews 7-9 the New Covenant described, contrasted with the Old Covenant, so we can see it more accurately. Chapter 9:1 even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. What follows is a description of the tabernacle of the Hebrew religion, featuring lampstands, a table and bread, the Most Holy Place with the ark of the Mosaic covenant containing the tablets of testimony, the golden vial of manna, and Aaron's staff. Levitical priests ever making sacrifices that would cover sin for a time but never able to take away sin. All of these forms of worship are summed up in verse 9 as symbolic for that age and “imposed until the time of reformation” (verse 10). There will be no re-institution of those types and symbols as the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus was sufficient, satisfying God the Father and finishing the redemptive work announced in Genesis 3:15, bringing that reformation.

when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation [speaking here of His body of flesh]) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:11-12 & 15)