Have you ever wondered what Jesus’ parting words to His Father were before He came to earth? We find them recorded in Hebrews 10:5-7: “Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired, but a body Thou hast prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure.’ Then I said, ‘Behold I have come (in the roll of the book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’”

Jesus had one purpose in coming to earth—to do God’s will—that was to offer Himself as the once-for-all sacrifice for our sins. The Hebrew writer is simply saying to these Jewish believers you have to choose which agreement you are going to live under: you have to choose how you want to come to God. It is either by your works or by God’s grace.

Why is the new covenant or arrangement based on God’s grace better than the first which was based on works? The writer gives us three advantages beginning in Hebrews 10:10. The new covenant offers . . .

1. Sanctification (Hebrews 10:10)

The word “sanctified” means “to set apart.” By Christ’s death, God has set you apart for a general and a specific purpose. The general purpose of God is for us to become like His Son, Jesus Christ. But God has a specific purpose for you to play in His kingdom. By His one-time offering, He has set you apart for Himself forever.

Sanctification is both a one-time act and a continual work. Once we trust in Christ we are forever and completely forgiven—you are never more forgiven than the moment you trust in Christ. It is a one-time act.

But sanctification is also a continual process by which we become more like Jesus Christ every day. Once you become a Christian, God instantly forgives you, but He also begins the stripping away of any action or attitude in your life that does not look like His Son. That would never happen with the old covenant.

Not only does the new covenant offer sanctification, but it also offers...

2. Forgiveness (Hebrews 10:11-14) 

In the Levitical priesthood there were 24 orders of priests—hundreds in all who would take their turn day after day, month after month, year after year to offer these continual sacrifices.

At Passover, over 250,000 innocent animals would be slaughtered in Jerusalem. That was the problem with the old covenant. No amount of animal blood could ever remove sin. Even a river of blood brought no lasting forgiveness! But by one offering He has forever removed sin.

Finally, the new covenant offers us . . .

3. Access (Hebrews 10:15-18)

The new agreement means that we have a different motivation to obey God – the Holy Spirit who comes to indwell us. One mother told me that since her child became a Christian there had been a complete change in her attitude: she is obedient, she witnesses to her friends, she reads her Bible – she is a new person. That is what Christianity does. 

But the best part of the New Covenant is what it offers us in relationship to God. Every other religion, including Judaism, says it is through good works and religious ritual. But Christianity says it is through the blood and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

The Bible says we have a heavenly Father who loves us and longs to touch us. But sin has made us unclean and has erected a barrier between God and us. Through the ages, God has tried to touch us through miracles, visions, and prophets, but because of sin He could never have fellowship with us.

But then came Jesus who took away our sin. Through His death on the cross, God performed the most miraculous transplant ever performed—when we trust in Christ, God takes our sin and places it on Jesus, and He takes Jesus’ righteousness and places it on us. And because of that, we are now clean.

The barrier between God and us has been forever removed. Not only can He touch us directly, but we can have fellowship with Him. That is what Paul meant when he wrote “For through Christ we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:18).

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