Sunday, I shared the twelve betters in Hebrews and how we can live in Christ’s victory. I promised I would list them here. If you want to understand the “Betters” further, you can watch the service on-demand by clicking here.
Better means stronger. The Hebrews had a two-thousand-year journey in covenant, priesthood, prophets, and the law. Jesus fulfilled all. He was given a holy priesthood by oath from the Father when He called Him “My King of Righteousness,” Melchizedek.
When Jesus was called out of the abyss by the Father’s decree, “You are my Son today I have begotten You.” Jesus “became so much better than the angels”. Hebrews 1:4
Six chapters later, after many exhortations, we are given hope for the “better things that accompany salvation”. Hebrews 6:9
Abraham was “blessed by the better,” Melchizedek. He had promise but needed the blessing of the better. Hebrews 7:7
Jesus has been given this new priesthood by an oath by which we draw near to God in “better hope”. Hebrews 7:19
Jesus has become the guarantee of “a better covenant” because He continues forever having an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is able to save us to the uttermost as we come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for us. Hebrews 7:22-25
Jesus is the Mediator of a better covenant which was established on “better promises”. Hebrews 8:6
In His High Priestly ministry before the Father in the heavenly tabernacle, Jesus Himself was the “better sacrifice” Hebrews 9:23 and entered with His blood into the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:11-14
In our obedience to the faith, our losses are joyfully accepted, knowing that we have a “better and an enduring possession” for ourselves in heaven. Hebrews 10:34
As strangers and pilgrims on earth, we seek a homeland. We desire “a better, that is, a heavenly country”. Hebrews 11:16
While being tortured, some did not accept deliverance that they might obtain “a better resurrection”. Hebrews 11:36
God has provided “something better for us”, that all before us should not be made perfect, apart from us. Hebrews 11:40 One body, one Spirit, just as we were called in one hope of our calling. Ephesians 4:4
And finally, we have come to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that “speaks better things” than that of Abel. Forgiveness, not vengeance.
Twelve betters, all stronger in the New Covenant because of Jesus. He alone has become the author of eternal salvation, having obtained eternal redemption, and has given us the promise of eternal inheritance. Hebrews 5:9; 9:12, 15. To God be praised!