The Presence of God

For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:24).

“But He said, ‘You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live’” (Exodus 33:20).

In Hebrews 3:1-6 the inspired penman notes several clear differences between Jesus and Moses. These differences provide compelling proof of the superiority of God’s Son over God’s servant, Moses.

In an incidental way, Hebrews 9:24 provides another compelling difference. According to this New Testament verse, Jesus’ sanctification and inauguration of the new covenant occurred in the presence (prosopon, which literally means “to the face”) of God.

In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the same noun is found twice in Exodus 33:20 where Moses is informed that no man—including him—can see Jehovah’s prosopon and live.

Moses could not be directly in the presence of God. Jesus can.

Another profound proof of Jesus’ superiority over the Old Testament’s lawgiver.

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