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The New Order

Hebrews 9:8-10

   The tabernacle and its services were but a dark enigmatic representation for that age and for all who lived under it.  The conscience could not be cleared from dead works.  This time was merely a figure of a more spiritual arrangement prepared by God in order to save the world. 

   The times of reform brought a true cleansing to the spirit of man, and in time the soul, (i.e., the body and spirit) would find complete salvation. No more would the worshipper need rely upon meats, drinks, different kinds of washings for the purifying of the conscience.  Now the heart of man could find forgiveness through the offering Christ made once for all (Hebrews 10:10).  Grace arrived, the landscape changed, the mystery solved. The flesh of Christ was rent just as the veil of the temple was rent on earth, no more curtain to stand in the way of the throne of God.  Christ has become the veil; he is the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 10:20).  The penitent heart can now draw near the Throne of God with no condemnation of sin (Romans 8:1).  Christ is now our Great High Priest we now have received the atonement for our sins (Romans 5:11; Hebrews 3:1).  Alleluia, the new order has arrived.
 
   While the celebration is yet fresh in the hearts of the redeemed, Satan has dispatched his agents with chains forged in the fires of gloom and despair.  The enemy has crafted his trap to ensnare the liberated spirit.  He wants nothing more that to take the freed soul back to the dark mysteries of the past.  Plotting a course that indoctrinates the enlighten mind with thoughts of performance as to appease for the sinful life.  Paul the apostle states, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).  The old covenant has vanished (Hebrews 8:13); it was weak because it relied upon the flesh (Romans 8:3). The first covenant was not intended to save man, it merely postponed the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23a).  Christ, in the likeness of sinful flesh (yet without sin) pasted judgment against sin, removing it from the contrite heart.  Just as Paul wrestled with the bondage makers of his day, we too, must fight the good fight of faith (Galatians 2:4; 1 Timothy 6:12).

    Our call to liberty does not permit us to entangle with the flesh (2 Timothy 2:4, 5; Galatians 5:13).  The “...old man is crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that hereafter we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6).  Sin does not have dominion over the believer, he is not under the old covenant, he is now part of the new order.  The believer now serves the newness of the Spirit (Romans 7:6).  The righteousness of the law is now fulfilled in us, who walk...after the Spirit (Romans 8:4).  The law is not made for the righteous man, but for the lawless and the disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners” (1 Timothy 1:9).  The believer, walking in the new order, has become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We now set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth, for we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:2, 3).  

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