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    WHAT WE BELIEVEa 6-Part series

    ECCLESIA

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    Part 1Jesus Christ: Mediator of a New Covenant

    Jesus death put the New Covenant in effect.

    In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one whomade it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it nevertakes effect while the one who made it is living

    In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, andwithout the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

    Hebrews 9:16, 22

    What is the New Covenant?

    This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and write them on theirhearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.

    No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying,Know the Lord, because they will all know Me, from the least of them tothe greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember theirsins no more.

    Hebrews 8:8-12

    The New Covenant makes us holy.

    First He said, Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offeringsYou did not desire, nor were You pleased with them (although the lawrequired them to be made). Then He said, Here I am, I have come to doYour will. He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will,we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christonce for all.

    Hebrews 10:8-10

    The New Covenant provides a better hope.

    The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (forthe law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by whichwe draw near to God.

    Hebrews 7:18-19

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    The Old Covenant is now obsolete.

    By calling this covenant new, He has made the first one obsolete; andwhat is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.

    Hebrews 8:13No one could keep the Old Covenant.

    For if there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, no placewould have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people.

    Hebrews 8:7-8

    Changing the line of priests means changing the covenant.

    If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (foron the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there stillneed for another priest to come one in the order of Melchizedek, not inthe order of Aaron? For when there is a change of the priesthood, theremust also be a change of the law.

    Hebrews 7:11-12

    Jesus is the mediator of a superior Covenant.

    But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as thecovenant of which He is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is

    founded on better promises.Hebrews 8:6

    For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those whoare called may receive the promised eternal inheritance now that Hehas died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under thefirst covenant.

    Hebrews 9:15

    The New Covenant is a promise made by God to Jesus.

    And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,but He became a priest with an oath when God said to Him The Lord hassworn and will not change His mind: You are a priest forever. Becauseof this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.

    Hebrews 7:20-22

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    New Covenant salvation is complete, permanent, and forever.

    Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented themfrom continuing in office. But because Jesus lives forever, He has apermanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those

    who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede forthem.

    Hebrews 7:23-25

    Jesus Christs sacrifice cleansed us once, not repeatedly.

    The law is only a shadow of the good things that are comingnot therealities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrificesrepeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near toworship. If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For theworshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer

    have felt guilty for their sins.Hebrews 10:1-3

    For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, tobring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by theSpirit.

    1 Peter 3:18

    Jesus Christ took away all our sins once.

    But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, because it is

    impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore,when Christ came into the world, He said: Sacrifice and offering You didnot desire, but a body You prepared for Me.

    Hebrews 10:4-5

    For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of thetrue one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in Godspresence nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, theway the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood thatis not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the

    creation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end ofthe ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Just as man isdestined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ wassacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appeara second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who arewaiting for Him.

    Hebrews 9:26-28

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    The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, Look, theLamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

    John 1:29

    So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; andHe will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation tothose who are waiting for Him.

    Hebrews 9:28

    But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. Andin Him is no sin.

    1 John 3:5

    My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybodydoes sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defenseJesus

    Christ, the Righteous One. He is the One who turns aside Gods wrath,taking away our sins, and not only ours, but also the sins of the wholeworld.

    1 John 2:1-2

    Jesus Christ sat down after making you perfectly cleansed.

    Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; againand again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.But when this Priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He satdown at the right hand of God. Since that time He waits for His enemies to

    be made His footstool, because by one sacrifice He has made perfectforever those who are the holy ones.

    Hebrews 10:11-14

    The Son is the radiance of Gods glory and the exact representation of Hisbeing, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had providedpurification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty inheaven.

    Hebrews 1:3

    Jesus one and only death on the cross is enough!

    Then He adds: Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice forsin.

    Hebrews 10:17-18

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    How should we respond to the New Covenant message?

    Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us becareful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it Thereremains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who

    enters Gods rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.

    Hebrews 4:1, 9-11

    Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most HolyPlace by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for usthrough the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great Priestover the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in fullassurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guiltyconscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold

    unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.

    Hebrews 10:19-23

    Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we mayreceive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

    Hebrews 4:16

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    For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us intothe kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, theforgiveness of sins.

    Colossians 1:13-14

    We have been reconciled to God through Christ.

    For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and throughHim to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things inheaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Onceyou were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because ofyour evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christs physicalbody through death to presen