Something Better – Our Watchword
“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises Hebrews 8:6
The word better is the key word of the book of Hebrews. Indeed, it is the key word in our religion. “Something better” is the watchword of education, the law of all true living. Whatever Christ asks us to renounce, He offers in its stead something better.
“Let the child and the youth be taught that every mistake, every fault, every difficulty conquered, becomes a steppingstone to better and higher things. . . . The exchange we make in the denial of selfish desires and inclinations is an exchange of the worthless and transitory for the precious and enduring. This is not sacrifice, but infinite gain.
The word better runs like a golden thread throughout this great book of Hebrews. This books tells of the better revelation which came through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-4). It points to the “better hope” (Hebrews 4:19), and “better” testament and priesthood (verses 22, 26), the “better” covenant and the “better Promises” (Hebrews 8:6). It refers to the “better sacrifices” (Hebrews 9:23), and the “better” possessions (Hebrews 10:34). It points to the “better country” in Hebrews 11:16 and to the “better resurrection” (verse 35). And in his book Paul states frankly, “but beloved, we are persuaded better things of your, and things that accompany salvation” (Hebrews 6:9).
The “better things” God expects from His earthly children are to be seen in our lives. We are to work out in our lives what grace works in. The work is from within outward. The scriptural order is clear – spirit, soul, body. The Shekinah of His divine presence shines in the Holy of Holies, and then pours over into the holy place, and so into the outer courts, until the very curtains are irradiated with its light
“O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee: I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be.” George Matheson, 1882