Hebrews 8

The New Covenant of Jesus Christ

Hebrews 8:1-13

(1) Now the main point of what I am saying is this: we have a high priest enthroned in authority at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, (2) and who ministers (serves) in the sanctuary—the true heavenly tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by human beings.

(3) For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for Jesus also to have something to offer. (4) On earth Jesus would not be a priest, because there are already priests who offer gifts required by the law of Moses. (5) They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and a shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned by God in Exodus 25:40 when he was about to build the earthly tabernacle, “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown to you on the mountain.” (6) But now the ministry Jesus has received is as far superior to the earthly priests as the new covenant of which he is mediator is far superior to the old covenant, because the new covenant is established on far greater promises.

(7) For if the first (old) covenant had no faults, then we would not be in need of a second (new) covenant. (8) But God found fault with Israel and said in Jeremiah 31:31-34, “The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. (9) It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them. (10) This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (11) No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. (12) For I will forgive their unrighteousness and will remember their sins no more.” (13) By declaring this covenant “new,” God made the first covenant “old” (outdated), and what is old and outdated will soon pass away.


Hebrews 8

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Hebrews 8 July 7, 2015