22. . . by so much more Jesus has become a surety [guarantee] of a better covenant. 24But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:22, 24-25)
In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (Heb 8:13)
Grace and mercy characterize the NEW covenant, replacing the first or old covenant. Under the new covenant, there will be full, widespread and direct knowledge of God according to Hebrews 8:11: None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (Joh 17:3) Once we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we have received the gift of eternal life and of knowing God closely.
A covenant is a contract, promise, or pledge. God cannot lie (Tit 1:2) and He fulfills His Word. (Isa 55:11)
Here are a couple of examples of God fulfilling His Word on earth:
- Adam and Eve were promised that a Savior would one day come and crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15).
- This promised Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
- Messiah would be anointed by the Holy Spirit to perform miracles (Isaiah 35:4-6, 61:1-3).
- The Savior would be rejected by His own people and then wounded, bruised, and pierced as the sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53:1-12, Psalm 22:16).
- He would rise from the dead and then ascend to the right hand of God in Heaven (Psalm 16:10, 68:18, 110:1).
According to Hebrews 7 (above), Jesus continues forever in an unchangeable priesthood. God has promised that we shall ALL know Him, from the least of us to the greatest. What an amazing and wonderful promise from a covenant keeping God!