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            1.  Gal 3:22-29 - The Law was schoolmaster to bring people to Christ; faith in Jesus replaced the Law

            2.  Eph 2:11-16 - All are reconciled to God in one body by the cross of Jesus

            3.  Rom 6:23 & 1 John 1:7-8 - We escape the penalty of death for our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ

            4.  Col 1:13-18 & 2:14 - Jesus has delivered us from the Law, and moved us into His kingdom, in the church

            5.  Heb 8:10 - The new covenant must be in our minds and hearts, not engraved on tablets of stone

            6.  Rom 8:1-2 - Jesus removes condemnation for those who trust and follow Him


 II. MAIN THEME: Hebrews 8 - Jesus, our high priest, is set on the right hand of God, in the house of God, the church.  His priestly ministry is based on the forgiveness of sins, not a continual offering and remembrance for sins as under the Law of Moses.  The sacrificial death of Jesus fulfilled the law of sin and death, and brought in the ministry of life through faith in Jesus Christ.

            1.  The priesthood of Jesus is heavenly, not earthly - Heb 8:1-5

                        a.  Jesus is seated at the right hand of God - verse 1; Acts 2:29-36

                        b.  He is minister of the heavenly sanctuary, the church - verse 2; Mat 16:16-19; Col 1:13-18 & 2:14; Eph 2:19-22

                        c.  Jesus offered a perfect gift, His own body on the cross - verse 3; Eph 2:11-16

                        d.  The Levitical priesthood was only a copy of heavenly things - verses 4-5; Gal 3:22-29

            2.  Jesus' ministry is more excellent, He is Mediator of a better covenant, based on better promises - Heb 8:6-13

                        a.  A ministry of life instead of death - verse 6; Rom 8:1-2; 2 Cor 3:6-18

                        b.  The Law of Moses depended on man's righteousness for justification - verse 9; Phil 3:9; Rom 8:3-11

                        c.  The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ depends on the grace and power of God - verses 10-12;

                             Phil 3:10-11; Titus 3:4-7; Eph 2:4-10

                        d.  Our relationship with God under the new covenant depends on our knowing God - verse 11; John 5:24;

                             6:62-63; 8:31-32, 36.



            1.  We learn about Jesus and have access to the new covenant by hearing and reading God's word, the Bible:

                 Heb 8:10; Mat 28:18-19; Rom 10:15-17; 1 Cor 1:21; 15:1-4; James 1:21-22; 1 Peter 1:22-25

            2.  Just as Moses was warned to make the tabernacle according to God's pattern, we are warned to follow the

                 pattern of Jesus Christ in our lives - John 13:15-17; Phil 3:16-20; 1 Peter 2:21-24;

            3.  The Law of Moses was given to Israel in preparation for the coming of the Christ, who fulfilled the Law and

                 brought in the new covenant promised in Jeremiah 31:31-34.  Jesus the Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses with

                 His death on the cross, so that the Law of Moses was no longer binding as a Law for God's people.  The Law written on

                 tablets of stone was replaced by the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ, a covenant written on the hearts of God's people. 

                 2 Cor 3:6-18; Gal 3:22-29

            4.  Therefore we should not think of the new covenant as being like the Law of Moses, a letter of law covenant that

                 produced death because of sin - Heb 8:12.  We should not make laws that God has not made in an effort to justify

                 ourselves by keeping physical laws;  laws based on taste not, touch not, handle not, inspired by human wisdom, have

                 no ability to make sinners righteous - Col 2:18-23; Phil 3:9.  We should not bind the Law of Moses on Christians

                 today - Gal 5:1-4.




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