Look to Christ

This is the advice given by the writer of Hebrews to believers as they experience the realities of the pilgrim’s progress.  

Allegiance and Affection?  “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession . . .” (Hebrews 3:1).

Struggle against Sin? “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings to closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (12:1-2).

Growing Weary in the Struggle? “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (12:3-4).

Discontent? “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you'” (13:5).

In Need of Sustenance?  Feed on the grace of God in the unchangeable nature of Christ and the unchangeable work of Christ and the unchangeable Truths of the Gospel – as we are a people of grace, let us be overwhelmed by grace – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.  We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat.  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.  So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through His own blood” (13:8-12).

Wonder about your Calling, Sibling? “Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured” (13:13).

In this sojourn, we never outgrow our need for the truths, power and reality of the Gospel that direct us to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us, therefore, look to Him in anticipation of the day when we shall see Him face to face.

On the New Covenant

The New Covenant was promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31). Under the New Covenant God’s people are saved entirely by God’s grace through faith in His Chosen One, Jesus. This covenant replaces the Old Covenant which, though given by God’s grace as well, required perfect obedience to God’s Law. No fallen human being can comply with this requirement. Thus, we need something else. We need a Savior who could do this for us. In Jesus Christ, the True Israel (Galatians 3:16), the Old Covenant has been fulfilled. Believers today are counted righteous under the New Covenant because of Christ’s obedience under the Old.

The quote is taken from the “our theology” page of Kenwood Baptist Church, pastored by Dr. Jim Hamilton of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Here, the New Covenant is wonderfully articulated: both its price and application.  Jesus Christ is a great Savior!