Pamphlet 1970 Hebrews kc 17-1
The love of of God and His truth and His ways, must come from within, as a sincere desire to know Him, which is to hunger and thirst after righteousness (His Word).
Does it make sense to you that just going to church and performing rituals and ceremonies and even doing good deeds cannot "seal up" the Word of God in your mind? The only way that can be accomplished is for one to desire from within his or her soul to drink from that fountain of life and eat daily the true bread of life, the Word of God. "Give us this day our daily bread!" To wit, Paul has been teaching us the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant in that none of those "shadowy things", i.e. going to the temple and tithing and making sacrifices, etc., can "put the laws of God in your heart" and "seal His Word in your mind" whereby you become Christ-like, one with Him. You see, the love of God, the love of His truth and His ways, must come from within, as a sincere desire to know Him, which is to hunger and thirst after righteousness (His Word).
The key therefore to understanding about the New Covenant begins with understanding what to be "perfect" (teleioo in Greek) means, which is to be "finished", "consummated", "fulfilled", as in "filled up to the full"! In other words, to be "perfect" is to have your heart and mind "filled up" with the precious golden olive oil, the Holy Spirit, meaning that the Word of God is written in your heart and sealed in your mind. Then you are brought to completion! Let's listen to the great teacher and apostle Paul concerning those temporal, shadowy things contained in the Old Covenant as compared to the real thing, which is Christ.
Just as the tabernacle that was "made with hands" was only a model and not the real thing, which is Christ, so it was with the sacrifices and the shedding of the blood of animals. In other words, they too were only an image of the "real sacrifice", the Lamb of God, the only sacrifice who could atone for our sins and take them away... forevermore. Only through Him could those "good things to come" Paul just spoke of come to pass, which "good things" begin with the forgiveness of sins that will be remembered no more... followed by eternal life!Hebrews 10:1
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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