This passage can easily keep you hanging because the “how” is not made clear. The context of chapter 7 is how Jesus’ sacrifice replaced the sacrifices required by the law given to Moses by God, and therefore ushered in a new way to live in right standing with God. This passage does not do away with God’s desire for us to be righteous, but introduces a powerful, transformative process. Psalm 11:7 captures this well, “For the LORD is righteous, He loves justice; upright men will see His face.” (NIV) Jesus’ life was never meant to release us from righteousness, but to equip us for righteousness. In Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus says it this way, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (NIV)
You are redeemed, saved, and forgiven. So how do you move to the perfection that is talked about in Hebrews 7:11 “If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood.” (NIV)? Through Jesus! Jesus is the better hope that not only makes you righteous, but also takes you into righteousness. Colossians 1:27-28 describes it, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” (NIV) You keep your eyes on Jesus, know Jesus, become friends with Jesus, live with Jesus, submit to Jesus, obey Jesus - all out of a heart that is falling more in love with Him every day. Jesus is not only the hope of righteousness, but through the Holy Spirit, He is also your transformer to righteousness. Hebrews 7:16 describes Jesus this way, “One who has become a Priest not on the basis of a regulation as to His ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.” (NIV) Carry that thought a little further. Is there any reason you cannot live in the “power of an indestructible life?” Jesus said in John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (NIV) Jesus did not save you just for heaven and eternity, but that He might live His life through you, so that all will come to know Him and be touched by Him!
Paul writes in Colossians 1:29, “To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (NIV) Living in the power and breath of Christ is not easy in a lost and corrupt world, but is rewarded by experiencing more of Christ! Press on in the hope that is in you – Christ Jesus!
Philippians 3:8-11 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (NIV)
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