With Christ we become partaker in a New Covenant with him as our new priest presenting us with a new law. When I say new law it truly isn’t new, but it seems new because of our lack of understanding. Law as I’m using it here means “the way something works.” The Law of gravity for instance defines for us how gravity works; the law itself isn’t gravity, but it defines gravity for us.
In 2 Corinthians 3 we read that we are ministers of a new covenant. The old covenant is described as “the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones.” “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” So we have the comparison of the old covenant that kills and the new that gives life.
When we talk of being of a new covenant it isn’t to say the old one wasn’t good or necessary; I mean it even had its own glory with it. Moses’ face actually glowed so much from it he had to cover it up. The thing I want you to notice here is why he covered his face. He covered it because even though the old covenant, the Law, had glory it was already fading and giving way to the new covenant that will never fade away. “For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory.”
Jesus is our new priest also and that is another matter. Throughout the old covenant the priesthood always came from the Levites from father to son. In this new covenant Jesus is our high priest forever in the line of Melchizedek. Without getting to deep with this Melchizedek priest let me just say he was without mother or father, and he was a king priest. He was king of righteousness and peace.
We have a brand new priesthood now with Jesus. In the old covenant the priest came from the tribe of Levi. Now in the new covenant we have Jesus as our high priest, and he was clearly from the tribe of Judah. Moses never mentioned anything about a priest coming from the line of Judah. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 7:11-12 “Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.” So now we see that since we have a new priest we must then have a new law.
What then you may ask is this new law? Romans 8:2“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” In other words Jesus doesn’t do away with the old he just brings in a new one. The law of sin and death is still in operation just not for us that are in Christ. It is sort of like gravity in that if we jump out of a plane we will plummet to the earth. With this new law of the Spirit of life we have, for the analogy, a parachute. The law of gravity is still in effect and we still drop towards the ground, but we can now implement our new law or parachute that sets us free from the death that would surely come.
Whew! I thank God he has brought us from the old covenant into the new. He has given us a high priest that will never have to be replaced because he has the power of an indestructible life. Finally I thank God for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ that has set me free from the law of sin and death! Behold, He truly does make all things new!
Written by Louie