Hebrews 8:13 Explained: ‘…a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.’

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Brief Summary

The following explanation is intended to share how Hebrews 8:13 in no way says that a believer in Christ (Messiah) no longer observes the law of Moses.

Rather, in context we will see that it speaks of something else, in that a believer is nolonger destined for judgement under the old covenant and liable to eventually perish (Isaiah 28:22).

Instead, a believer is under the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Isaiah 42:6, 49:8) which comes with saving grace (Psalm 110:4, Isaiah 53:11-12), and ultimately means everlasting life without end at ressurection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 53:11-12).

With this faith, a believer observes the Law of Moses (Torah);

Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV

Hebrews 8:13 Explained

In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete.
And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 8:13 ESV

The verse will now be explained sentence, by sentence;

‘In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete…’
(Hebrews 8:13 ESV)

Explanation: If a person believes in Christ, G-d makes the mosaic covenant obsolete for that person – but in what sense?

The word ‘covenant’ here refers to the way a person is to be found righteous.

It thus inturn refers to the blessings and curses of the Mosaic covenant, which depend on a person either observing all, or not observing all commandments (‘…keep all my commands always…’ ref. Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV) – which are found in places such as Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.

How so? Because we know that no person born of fallen man’s seed can observe all the Law without failing, thus this saving grace which comes with the new covenant is what the even the most faithful, righteous disciples are recorded as saying in Holy Scripture (Acts 15:10-11).

The old covenant is thus obsolete, because a believer is now blessed in the new covenant – which ultimately means everlasting life without end upon resurrection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Eph 2:20), amongst other blessings.

Such a person is no longer under the law for righteousness, rather they are accounted as righteous due to their faith, and with this they uphold the law of Moses.

This is similar to the formula we see in Abraham’s walk (Genesis 15:6, Genesis 17:23, Romans 4:11);

‘And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised…’
(Romans 4:11 NIV)

Unlike Abraham’s time, the statute found in Isaiah 28:16, 28:18 – which means everlasting life without end upon ressurection, was enacted when the new covenant was put in place, and this was at the time the Messiah (Christ), was given (‘died’), and then ressurected (Isaiah 42:6, 49:8, 53:10).

This is also likley why it says Abraham was looking forward to the arrival of Christ and seeing his walk completed here on this earth;

Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
John 8:56 NIV

Now we will look at the second part of Hebrews 8:13;

‘…And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.’
(Hebrews 8:13 ESV)

Explanation: Up until now, Hebrews 8 has been referring to Jeremiah 31:31-34 – and in keeping inline with the time that that Old Testament (Tanakh) passage was written (the ‘tense’ of it), we can then read the next sentence of Hebrews, in context.

Hebrews 8:13 here, is speaking of how at the time of writing of Jeremiah chapter 31, the new covenant was still not quite put in place, just yet.

The new covenant was made active and available, just as soon as Christ (Messiah) had walked the earth and was resurrected.

How do we know?

The death and resurection of Messiah (Christ) was where he was given to be the mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) for the new covenant (Isa 42:6, 49:8) – by becomming the High priest (Hebrews 2:17) in the order of Melchizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4) – between the Holy G-d and mankind.

We see evidence of the disciples recieving spiritual gifts (Acts 1), and the Gentiles recieving a heart for the commandments of God upon their believing just post Shavuot (Pentecost) in the Holy Scriptures (e.g. Acts 15:8, Romans 3:31, Ezekiel 36:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17) – and thus have moved from death (Old covenant (blessings and curses) which lead to eventual perishing (Ecc 7:20, James 2:10, Ezekiel 20:25), to [everlasting] life (1 John 3:14).

What Does This All Mean?

This verse shows us that a believer is no longer under the curses of the law (Romans 8:1) as per the mosaic covenant – as we cannot do all the law (Acts 15:10-11, James 2:10).

Rather a believer upholds the law of Moses with their believing in G-d and Christ – the mediator/High priest in the order of Melchizadek (1 Timothy 2:5, Psalm 110:4).

A believer seeks saving, final grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), on the understanding standing that;

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:28‭, ‬3:31 ESV

And by saving final grace, this means everlasting life without end at resurrection (Isaiah 28:16, 28:18), and not simply a potential long life in the new heavens and earth above, which involves evential death (Isaiah 65:20, IBN Ezra on Isaiah 65:20, Isaiah 28:22).

Hoping it is fruitful with you.

May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.

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“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. May not copy or download more than 500 consecutive verses of the ESV Bible or more than one half of any book of the ESV Bible.”

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

“Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org

“Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ “

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