REALMS of the BETTER
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.” (Psalm 63:3)
The writer to the Hebrews offered many contrasts, as the lesser would give way to the better, the “in part” be swallowed up into the whole, the earthy be replaced with the heavenly, the natural with the spiritual, etc.
“For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope; by the which we draw nigh to God.” (Heb. 7:1) The hope of the New Testament, the new and FULL ARRANGEMENT is so much better, stronger, more powerful than the limited hope of the law, that 2 Cor. 3, gives the contrast of the law being a ministration of condemnation unto death, and the new covenant a ministration of righteousness excelling in glory unto LIFE.
“By so much more (the oath of Melchisedec priesthood) Jesus was made surety of a better testament.” (Heb. 7:22) There was a priesthood for the first testament, covenant, which priesthood was constantly being changed as the priest grew old and died. Thus whatever real ministry was progressing through a certain priest, it suddenly came to a halt when he died, and had to be started over with the next priest raised up. But Jesus Christ became the surety, the guarantee of a BETTER, stronger, more powerful testament because HE EVER LIVETH, and would be able to both initiate and finish His task. Thus He is both the “Author and the Finisher” of our salvation. The “testament” could be no greater than the one who was able to carry it out.
“Now hath He (Jesus) obtained a more excellent ministry, by now much also He is mediator of a BETTER covenant, which was established upon BETTER promises.” Better hope, better testament, better covenant, better promises – and there are many others listed in Hebrews. The promises are based upon what God will do, not man, hence their fulfillment is secure. In fact, God goes so far as to make the promise for both himself and the people, under this better covenant, when He says, “I WILL be to them a God, and THEY SHALL be to Me a people.” (Heb. 8:10) And so it shall be!