The Expository Files

 The Promise Of The Eternal Inheritance

 As you read through the Bible (I highly recommend that you adopt a daily Bible reading program; see website below for help with this), each year about this time you will arrive in the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Some of this can be tedious, and the temptation may be to skip these sections. It seems you have to wade through all the rules, laws, offerings, sacrifices, priestly protocols, tithes, judicial statutes, etc. Your first thought may be, this is part of a system no longer binding or relevant, so why read through it?

God was establishing at least three things: (1) His authority, (2) civil order for His nation to carry out His plan, and (3) protection for
the innocent.

Something else was being done through all these Mosaic ordinances. God was foreshadowing His plan to be revealed in the fullness of the time
through Christ.

May I submit to the Bible reader, without this background, you would find it impossible to understand statements like this in Hebrews.

"But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance." Heb. 9:11-15

The good news is, you can be a participant in the New Covenant, by the activity of your faith in Christ. Hence, you can "receive the promise
of eternal inheritance."

By Warren E. Berkley
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From Expository Files 10.4; April 2003