What comes first is not always best, D. Jeffrey Bingham, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s interim president, said during spring convocation at the Fort Worth, Texas, campus. First dates and first sermons, he said, are rarely better than what follows.
Such is a major theme in the book of Hebrews, Bingham said. The first revelation, the first priesthood, the first covenant and the first sacrifice were all good in their time, but none were perfect, he said of the text. Each was followed by a second and, in every case, the best thing.
Specifically, Jesus was the better revelation, the better priest, the harbinger of a better covenant, and the better sacrifice, Bingham said in his Jan. 24 message.
In the same way, he said, “There was a first appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ as the humble servant of Isaiah 53, but there must be and there will be a second appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“We are a people who live between the two comings,” he said. “We have received the blessings of the first coming — from His mercy, we have received the forgiveness of sins and we have received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But there are blessings for which we still wait.”
Bingham read from Revelation 21, in which John writes that there will be a new heaven and a new earth; the dwelling place of God will be with men; there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain; and everything will be made new. Believers, he said, await these things. And though such waiting can be agonizing, what matters is how they wait.
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Source: Baptist Press