The Hebrews writer uses the word “better” 13 times (Hebrews 1:4; 6:9; 7:7, 19, 22; 8:6; 9:23; 10:34; 11:16, 35, 40; 12:24). It speaks of Christ’s being better than the angels (Hebrews 1:4), of a better hope (Hebrews 7:19), of a better covenant (Hebrews 7:22; 8:6), of a better sacrifice (Hebrews 9:23), of a better substance in Heaven (Hebrews 10:34), of a better country (Hebrews 11:16), and of a better gift from God (Hebrews 11:40). And so we see the FACT that there are some things regarding to Christian life and doctrine that are better than that of the Old Law and the world.
It is not the case that Christians are “better” than people of the world. To the contrary, Christians esteem others better than themselves (Philippians 2:3). But, it is the case that we are “better off.” Christians have been redeemed by the blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18, 19), which is that “better sacrifice” to which the Hebrews writer alluded. Christians have been made “partakers of the inheritance of the saints” (Colossians 1:12), “partakers of Christ” (Hebrews 3:14), “partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (II Peter 1:4), and “partakers of His holiness” (Hebrews 12:10). Christians have been washed in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 1:5), saved from our sins through faithful obedience to His will (Hebrews 5:9; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Peter 3:21), and are assured of the hope of heaven if they remain faithful to Him (Revelation 2:10; I John 2:25). Through the grace of God, His Son has gone through death for all man, but especially Christians (Hebrews 2:9) so that they will not have to be separated from Him eternally because of sins (Isaiah 59:1, 2). And so it is, Christians are members of better things than those of the world but are not better in economical, social, or emotional aspects of life. If there were to be a Christian who saw himself as a better person than another person, he is in danger of eternal punishment (Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11, 18:14).
What could possibly be better than the promises made by God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2)? And who could possibly be “better off,” than the chosen people of God (1 Peter 2:9)?