Hebrews 8:2 No Proof of Universal Church

Hebrews 8:2 (KJV)
A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Gill says that the distinction here must not be between earth and heaven because:

  • It would explain one with a more obscure one
  • It would be unnecessary because obviously the Lord pitches the one in heaven

He says the distinction is between the Old Testament ministry of Moses and the New Testament one of Christ. The true tabernacle would be the local church. This would then not be a proof passage for the universal or, as some call it, the true church. There is no such thing ever taught in the Bible. The passage is consistent with what we find throughout Hebrews, a contrast between the old covenant delivered through Moses and the new and better one delivered through Jesus.

 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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