Look For The Rainbow

“Thus you see that a rainbow is round about the throne of grace, and what this rainbow is. Look then, when you go to prayer, for the throne; and that you may not be deceived with a fancy, look for the rainbow too. The rainbow, that is, as I have said, the personal performances of Christ your Saviour for you. Look, I say, for that it is his righteousness; the token of the everlasting of the covenant of grace; the object of God’s delight, and must be the ground of the justification of thy person and performances before God. God looks at, look you at it, and at it only (Psalm 71:16). For in heaven or earth, if that be cast away, there is nothing to be found that can please God, or justify you. If it be said faith pleases God; I answer, faith is a relative grace; take then the relative away, which as to justification, is this spangling robe, this rainbow, this righteousness of Christ, and faith dies, and becomes, as to what we now treat of, extinct and quenched as tow.”

– John Bunyan, Prayer, p.82

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Jesus Christ Brings Something Altogether Better

“Jesus the Christ who is ever ‘the same’ is therefore to be the focus of  Christians’ persevering trust. The Apostle and High Priest par excellence has come (Hebrews 3:1). Like Moses and Joshua (Hebrews 3:2; 4:8) he is sent by God, but he brings the rest which they could not provide. Like Aaron, but more like Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:1-10; 6:20 – 10:18), he rules because he actually deals with sin and its consequences. This supplies the logic for the repeated use of the comparative adjective ‘better’ (see Hebrews 1:4; 7:19,22; 8:6; 9:23; 10:34; 11:16, 35) with reference to a name, hope, covenant, promises, sacrifices, substance, country and resurrection. Jesus Christ brings something altogether better than the old, preparatory era could actually provide (Hebrews 11:40).”

– Hywel R. Jones, Let’s Study Hebrews, p.xx-xxi