God Has Spoken By His Son, #17
He is Seated At God’s Right Hand
Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent[a] that the Lord set up, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. 5 They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” 6 But as it is, Christ[b] has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
Heb. 8:1 reads like a conclusion. It is based on the argumentation that is previous. Jesus is our High Priest. He is seated at the right hand of God, there to provide our access to God. What Moses did, following God’s instructions about the tabernacle, was a foreshadowing of “the heavenly things,” not the final arrangement.
The main point of this, not only here in chapter eight, but in the previous texts is – CHRIST HAS OBTAINED A MINISTRY THAT IS AS MUCH MORE EXCELLENT THAN THE OLD, AS THE COVENANT HE MEDIATES IS BETTER, SINCE IT IS ENACTED ON BETTER PROMISES.
If you have obeyed Jesus Christ in repentance and baptism and you are serving Him now – it is in your compliance with the New Covenant, the New Testament. Please note in this passage – clear reference to the first and second covenants. It is the second, the New Testament, that speaks to us about our access to God through Jesus Christ, who is seated at the right hand of God. The priests of the Old Testament stood at the altar, temporarily and in succession. Christ is seated, permanently, at the right hand of God for us.