Posted On September 23, 2020

Minister in the True Tent

by | Sep 23, 2020 | Hebrews, Featured

Hebrews 8:1–2, “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.”

Today we return to the book of Hebrews and resume our study of chapter 8. Recall that some in the original audience of this epistle considered abandoning the new covenant in favor of the old. The author did not know who all of these people were, and so he wrote to all of them, warning them all against falling away. These warnings were designed to motivate the authentic believers in the audience to pursue assurance and produce evidence of salvation (6:9–12).

Though our author may not have known who all of the true believers in his audience were, he was confident that some, if not all of his audience, would persevere in the faith and inherit all of the promises of God (v. 9). These would follow the example of old covenant saints like Abraham and hold fast to God’s promise of salvation and the oath God made to confirm it (vv. 13–18). In the end, they would hold fast to this hope of salvation because it is a hope secured by Jesus, the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek (vv. 19–20). This Jesus, who is far greater than any priest who came before Him, guarantees the salvation of all who trust Him because His indestructible life (7:16) makes Him able to serve as a priest forever (v. 21) and save to the uttermost those who are His (v. 25).

The original audience needed to be reminded of Christ’s superiority to the old covenant priesthood and so this theme is further developed in chapter 8. In 8:1, the author reminds His audience that what he is teaching is not vain speculation. The point, he says, is that Jesus is the great High Priest we read about in chapter 7. He is the “one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven.” Christ is the High Priest who is worthy enough to be seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

Christ is a minister in “the true tent that the Lord set up, not man” (v. 2). This is a reference to the heavenly temple where Christ does His work of intercession (7:25). The Aaronic priests served in the earthly tabernacle, but Jesus does His work in the true heavenly temple. This is not to say that the earthly temple was not a true place of worship. Rather, the author is telling us that the tabernacle of old was only a shadow of the heavenly temple. In Christ, this shadow has given way to the reality of His intercession in the temple of heaven.

Coram Deo

Many in our day anticipate the rebuilding of an earthly temple just like the one from ancient Israel. This desire, however, neglects the fact that Christ is already ministering in the true heavenly temple. Rejoice that the shadows have passed into reality and that the work in the heavenly temple is accomplished on your behalf.

Minister in the True Tent, Copyright (2020), Ligonier Ministries.

Related Posts

Weekly Roundup 6/27/2022-7/1/2022

Weekly Roundup 6/27/2022-7/1/2022

This is our weekly roundup of posts for 6/27/2022-7/1/2022. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts. Monday...

God Save the King

God Save the King

Join Dave as he continues his series through Psalms looking at Psalm 3 and God save the King.

Prayer: A Source of Living Water and Strength for Desert Wanderers

Prayer: A Source of Living Water and Strength for Desert Wanderers

We know we need to pray. We also know the Scripture commands us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). After all, the forces of evil will do everything in their power to stop God’s people from praying. Even though we know all that (or should know that), we often...

Testing and Temptation in Scripture

Testing and Temptation in Scripture

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Is temptation sin?” What You'll Hear on this Episode Testing and Temptation in the Old and New Testament Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to the Servants of Grace Podcast via iTunes,...

Christ’s Intercession on Our Behalf

Christ’s Intercession on Our Behalf

On today’s For Life and Godliness, Drew considers the intercession of Christ and its importance of it in the Christian life. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to Life and Godliness via iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify. If you like what you’ve...

Christian Friendship and Doing Life With One Another

Christian Friendship and Doing Life With One Another

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave considers the nature and purpose of Christian friendship and why real Christian friends tell each other hard biblical truths, comfort one another in love with Scripture, and do life with one another through every stage of...

0 Comments

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Weekly Roundup 9/21/2020-9/26/2020 - Servants of Grace - […] Minister in the True Tent by Ligonier Bible Study https://servantsofgrace.org/minister-in-the-true-tent/ […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share24
Tweet8
Email
Reddit
Share