Main Theme: By living a perfect life, and then by dying in our place, Jesus mediated a new, better covenant between us and God. Through His death, Jesus canceled the penalty of death that our trespasses demanded and made possible the new covenant.
Read Together: Hebrews 7:11-19. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why was there a need for a change in the law? Exactly what law was changed? The ten commandments or the priesthood?
Apply: Why is it so important to know that our High Priest and Redeemer lived a perfect life? See Romans 5:10.
Share: You son asks you, “If the law does not make us perfect, and we are not saved by it, why obey it?” What do you tell your son?
Read Together: Hebrews 8:1-6. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: Why is Jesus the mediator of a better covenant?
Apply: How are the promises of the new covenant better than the promises of the old covenant? See Better Promises Make a Better Covenant.
Share: A friend asks, “If Jesus is our High Priest, why do we need priests and pastors here on earth?” How would you answer your friend?
Study: What do these verses teach us about the nature of the new covenant?
Apply: Read 2 Timothy 2:13. What can we learn from God’s faithfulness to His people and to His plans as we consider our relationships with others and our plans?
Share: Your friend tells you that his pastor says the new covenant does away with the law. How do you answer your friend?
Study: What are the similarities and differences between these two promises?
Apply: Christ has satisfied the demands of the covenant; therefore, the fulfillment of God’s promises to us is not in doubt. How does this help you understand the meaning of 2 Corinthians 1:20-22? What wonderful hope is found here for us?
Share: What is your main “take away” from today’s study? How can you share it with someone this week?
by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4