- *Public Disclaimer* - I love Hebrew chapter 10. It is like the culmination of everything in the previous nine chapters that the author has been building up.
- The law is only a shadow of the good things that are yet to come, it does not provide those good things.
- Because of this, by the law, the sacrifices being given year after year, can never make perfect those who are drawing near to worship.
- If it could make them perfect, they could have stopped offering sacrifices and they would have been free from the guilt of their sins.
- But the sacrifices are a reminder of the sins, for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
- Even though the law required sacrifices and offerings to be given, God was not pleased with them.
- Jesus came to set aside the first, those sacrifices, so that we might be holy and be made perfect.
- Day after day, the priest stands sacrificing again and again, but that cannot take away sins.
- But Jesus, the ultimate high priest offered His one sacrifice, one time for all people, He did not remain standing like the earthly priest, for His job was finished. Instead He sat down at the right hand of God.
- Since that one sacrifice was made, He has waited for His enemies to be made his footstool.
- Because it was by one sacrifice that He made perfect forever, those who are being made holy.
- It is in this new covenant that God has written his laws in our hearts and minds.
- Because of this one sacrifice, our sins and lawless acts are remembered no more.
- And once all things have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
- Therefore – Because of all this, everything mentioned before in the entirety of the letter, we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus. We do not fear like the high priest might have felt going alone once a year into that place, nor do we boast in our own power/confidence. Rather it is confidence in the blood and act of Jesus, that we have been washed clean and given the right to stand before God in Christ.
- Because of this new and living Way, our great high priest in heaven, we draw near to God with sincere hearts in the full assurance of our faith.
- Our hearts are sprinkled to cleanse our guilty conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water.
- We are called to hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess, because it is evident to those who see that He who promised has always been and will always be faithful.
- Because of these things we should consider ways to encourage one another toward love and good deeds.
- In light of what Christ has done, we should not give up on meeting as the Body of Christ, as some are in the habit of doing, but we must encourage each other and do it moreso in the light of Jesus’ imminent return.
- If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left. There is no second Jesus to sacrifice, only One to believe in.
- For those who deliberately continue in their sin, there is only a fearful expectation of judgment and raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
- Under the old covenant, anyone who rejected the law was put to death by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
- How much more severely will someone be punished for trampling the Son of God under foot and treating the blood of Christ (the new covenant), that has sanctified them, as an unholy thing, insulting the Spirit of grace.
- For it is God Himself who said “It is mine to avenge; I will repay” and “The Lord will judge his people”.
- It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
- The author then reminds the readers to remember the confidence they had shortly after receiving Christ.
- When you stood their ground in the face of suffering.
- When you were publically insulted and persecuted.
- When you stood side by side with those who were treated as such.
- When you sympathized with those who were in prison.
- When you joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you had better and lasting possessions.
- Remember those earlier times of faith and do not throw away your confidence, for it will be richly rewarded.
- If you persevere, you will receive what was promised to those who do His will.
- For He is coming soon and the righteous will live by faith. But those who shrink away, He will not be pleased with.
- We are not those who shrink away and are destroyed, we are those who believe and are saved.
Whew… There is a lot here. I feel like these passages this week coincide perfectly with what we have been talking about in our Replicating the Discipleship DNA groups with how we are SECURE in Christ and our need to step out in faith. Hebrews paints a picture that Jesus has done it all, we are secure. Now it is our turn to step out in faith and do something!
Today, I feel like I need to stir up people to love and good deeds. Sometimes it’s easy to come home to my wife and be so focused on ourselves, when I could be leading her and stirring both of us to do something for someone else. I need to be more outward focused!
Jesus, you were the ultimate example of someone who was outward focused. You didn’t come here expecting everyone to serve you, but you came as a servant to all. Would you point out people who I need to serve. Would you open my eyes to opportunities/ways I can encourage my wife and others to do the same? Thank you for your grace, for all the work you did on our behalf. I praise you for who you are and how holy you are Jesus. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
Posted on Fri, October 9, 2015
by Brian Landers