Hebrews 8: Heavenly Realities

I will vote for this verse from today’s reading as the theme verse for the whole book.  It sums up quite succinctly the writer’s point as I understand it.

Now, you see, Jesus has obtained a vastly superior ministry.  In the same way, he is the mediator of a better covenant, which is established on better promises. (8:6)

What is real?

I was also drawn to this verse:

They [Jewish priests, sacrifices, and law] serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly realities. (8:5a)

Jesus, the heavenly high priest in the true Tabernacle in heaven who gave the once-for-all sacrifice, is the reality that matters.  Everything else is a copy intended to point to him.  Here we are again at one of those 180° turns.  What we think is reality is only a shadow.  What is reality is unseen and seemingly shadowy.  Plato would like this!

Do we think of it that way? 

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  1. “They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven, with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.”

    Knowledge of God is more than knowing something in your mind. Theologians can know many facts about God. Ardent churchgoers can know their Bibles and all the right facts about doctrine and ethics. But the knowledge of God that really matters is that which comes by experience. It is personal. To experience God doing something for us, firsthand – to know how it feels to be guilty and then have that guilt wiped away, to feel that release – that is the true knowledge of God.

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