Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
For he finds fault with them when he says:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
by: Dale Rood.
It is important to recognize that God builds on whatever has gone before. The New Covenant does not render the Old Covenant null and void, but rather builds on it and fulfills it. What would be the meaning of Jesus’ blood shed for us if the Old Testament sacrificial system had not been in place already? Yes, the Old is but a copy of the New, but from it we obtain a fuller picture of the work of God in our lives. What was incomplete in the Old Testament is now fulfilled in the New. This is what Paul was talking about when he spoke of the mystery of the Gospel being revealed (Ephesians 1:9-10; Colossians 1:26-27).