There is only one path to salvation, and that is Jesus. We can’t look to anything else to redeem us from our sins. And for these readers of this letter, the temptation would be to go back to the Mosaic system they lived under before. But the author of Hebrews warns his readers that there is no going back, and to do so would only secure judgement. Instead, they should have faith that endures to the end, securing their heavenly, eternal blessing.
The word disciple used in the New Testament means to be a pupil or student in contrast to the master. In all cases it implies that the person not only accepts the views of the teacher, but that he also is practicing these views. This year, I want to refocus on discipleship.
In chapter 10 the writer concludes what was promoted in chapter 9, which is the superiority of Christ as our perfect sacrifice over the animal sacrifices. We look forward to the time when "His enemies will be made a footstool for His feet." All this for knowing the joy of sins forgiven!
Today, the author continues his contrasting of the old and new covenant. We see that Jesus is the mediator of this new covenant, and His death ushers it in. As a result, we who believe will receive an eternal inheritance. And this is because our High Priest did not enter into an earthly representation of the Holy of Holies, but instead entered heaven itself to stand before God. He is our representative, and His single sacrifice stands for all time, guaranteeing our salvation.
Here in chapter 8 the writer describes "the main point", i.e. the fact that Jesus is the only High Priest who has gone into the true holy of holies. This has made Him the Minister and Mediator of a better covenant, which has been established on better promises. This includes the privilege of knowing God personally.
In chapter 7 the writer begins to explain the establishing of Jesus as our High Priest. His similarity to King Melchizedek is further explained as permanent, because it is established by an oath from God. We no longer need the Aaronic priesthood because Jesus made the perfect sacrifice when He gave up His life. The Resurrection guarantees our "better hope" based on a "better covenant" whereby we may approach God. He lives forever, unlike the former priests.
The verses preceding what we will look at today was the writer accusing the Hebrews of immaturity. However, he did want to ensure the readers were not exasperated, but instead had an assurance of salvation. So as chapter 6 finishes out, we see many powerful reasons to have the full assurance of hope to the very end. And as we begin chapter 7, we see that Melchizedek was greater than Abraham, and by extension the Levitical Priesthood. And since Jesus is our High Priest forever through the order of Melchizedek, we have even more reason to assured of our hope until the end.
The Levitical priesthood had certain requirements for those who were to be high priest. They had to be like the people they represent so they could sympathize what they were going through. They also had to be chosen by God. Today we see that Jesus fulfills the requirements to be high priest, doing so in greater way than the line of priests from Aaron on.