An eternal covenant
Because of this oath, Jesus has also become the guarantee of a better covenant. Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. But because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. Hebrews 7:22-24 CSB
The text summarizes the superiority of the new priesthood of Jesus Christ. The Father Himself swore an oath to guarantee this new priesthood would be developed, in which it would be “a better covenant.” The word “guarantee” is only found here in the New Testament. The Greek meaning of this word is a pledge or security deposit. Jesus Christ is the guarantee through the cross of the new and better covenant. The old Law showed the people’s sin, but had no power to save them and help them produce godly character. Through Christ and the new covenant, people can be transformed and be integrated into God’s family. The covenant that was established between God and the believers is better for it guarantees eternity with God in heaven. The covenant will never be broken. And we can be encouraged by this new priesthood due to its permanence. The Levitical priesthood had many priests in successions due to the human limitations of life and death. Because each human being is different from one another, the consistency of godly character within the priestly line was not guaranteed. But, because “He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently.” Jesus Christ is eternally the High Priest. He does not change. Jesus is able to save completely all those who come to Him in faith. He rescues them from the power of penalty of sin. He restores and unites them with His family. “For those who believe in me through their word…May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you” (John 17:20-21). Although He died on the cross, He was resurrected and is alive forever. Jesus Christ will forever be able to fulfill His duty to perfection. This is why Jesus could declare “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Though the new life in Christ may at times be difficult, for consistency is so hard to find, yet, we can hold onto the hope that Jesus Christ will never change. “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us” (Romans 8:34). When we come to Him in His throne of grace, He provides us the resources we need so we will be sustained and strengthened in the midst of temptation. This is why we offer our prayer in Jesus Name. The hope, love, and peace He provides to us will always be present if we are in relationship with Him.
Isaac De Guzman