When Everything Changes

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(Hebrews 7:11-12 NIV)  If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come–one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? {12} For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.

It’s very clear that there’s a difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament.  This pivotal change rests on the lynch pin of Jesus Christ and his priestly ordination. 

The book of Hebrews has much to say about this.  It’s the passing of the baton in the race of human history guided by God’s will.  He had a specific mission in mind to display his love to the entire universe.  This required not only the teaching of the truth of sin and righteousness.  It also required showing forgiveness, grace and love.

Most humans like rules.  The rules give us a way to measure what’s right and what’s wrong.  Knowing these two things gives us the power to stay safe, to be right.  We do those things that are right and try to avoid those things that are wrong.  Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid all wrong-doing.  After all, we’re only human.

Only human.  It’s something we hear; something we say, but do we really consider it?  Human beings are limited.  Pretty much we’re the morons of the universe of intelligent beings.  Imagine that we’re made lower than the angels.  Fallen angels are much more powerful, knowledgeable and intelligent than humans are.  Yet God chose us; made us this way for a purpose.

His strength is made perfect in weakness.  Our human weakness depends upon God because without an infusion of the Holy Spirit we’re only human.  When we turn to the Lord and trust in his work to save us we become transformed.  We’re transformed into new creatures.  We literally become a different kind of being.  We’re no longer only human.

However, it’s not enough to simply change our nature and turn us into a whole new creature.  Just as our human existence required an environment in which to live, so our new creation requires a new environment.  Rules no longer apply.  Rules were never enough to bring about a perfect being and we know God wants us to be perfect, like he is perfect. 

That means taking a drastic turn away from the old, ineffective rules and diving into a new world that is defined by relationship.  It’s no long the things we do that matter.  It’s who we are that matters.  We’re part of the in crowd, the accepted ones, the chosen, the family of God. 

This means that we have, shall I say, diplomatic immunity?  If we break a rule it doesn’t matter, we’re covered because the rule doesn’t apply to us.  Allow me to illustrate.  If I’m travelling 80 miles an hour in a 55 mile per hour zone I break the law.  I have to pay a price.  However, if I happen to be a police officer in the performance of my duty that law doesn’t apply to me.  Who I am changes everything.

In order to make us perfect God has to remove the rules that claim and even prove that we’re not perfect.  That’s why the Old Testament is called…well…old. 😉 

(Hebrews 7:18-19 NIV)  The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless {19} (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

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