Read Hebrews 10.
We said, I. OUR SIN HAS BEEN FORGIVEN FOREVER. II. IT IS FOREVER SETTLED.
III. IT OPENS THE WAY TO GOD – 10:19-39
A. Explanation (19-21).
He reviews the blessings that the believer has because of Christ’s once-for-all death. Because we have a perfect standing in Christ, we can have boldness (literally “freedom of speech”) to come into His presence! No veil stands between us and God.
The tabernacle veil symbolized Christ’s human body, for it covered the glory of God (1:14). When His body was offered, the veil was torn. We have a new way, because it is based on the new covenant; and a living way, because we have a living high priest (7:25). The house of God (the church) has a great high priest in glory!
B. Invitation (22-25).
There are three “Let us”statements (see 6:1 also):
(1) “Let us draw near” instead of drifting away;
(2) “Let us hold fast”our confession, our testimony of faith (or hope), not wavering because of trials.
(3) “Let us consider”other believers and, by our example, encourage them to be true to Christ.
If we provoke each other, it should be unto Love (see 1 Corinthians 13:5)! The boldness we have in heaven ought to lead to spiritual growth and dedication on earth. It seems that these believers, because of trials, were neglecting Christian fellowship and the mutual encouragement that believers need from each other.
Since Christ is our High priest, and we are a kingdom of priests (I Pt. 2:9), we ought to assemble together for common worship, teaching, and service. Going to church is important!
The OT Jew could not enter the tabernacle, and the high priest could not enter the holy of holies whenever he pleased. But, through Christ’s sacrifice, we have a living way into heaven! We can come to God at any time! Do we take advantage of this privilege?
C. Exhortation (26-39).
This is the fourth of the five exhortations. It warns against willful sin. Please remember that this exhortation is to believers, not unsaved people; and that it follows the previous three exhortations.
TO BE CONTINUED MONDAY!
Please read Hebrews 10 again.
II. IT IS SETTELED FOREVER 10:11-18
Note the contrasts: the OT priest stands daily, but Christ has sat down; the Old Testament priest offered the same sacrifices often; Christ offered one sacrifice (Himself) once. By one offering God has given a right standing (perfected) forever to those who have been set apart through faith in Christ. (In v. 10, we are once-for-all sanctified; in vs. 14 we are being sanctified daily. This is positional and progressive sanctification.) The OT sacrifices produced a remembrance of sins, but Christ’s sacrifice makes possible remission of sins (v. 18). “Remission”means “sending away.” Our sins have been pardoned and sent away forever (Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19)! In the annual Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16), the high priest confessed the sins of the nation over the head of the scapegoat, and then the goat was led off to be lost in the wilderness.
This is what Christ did with our sins. There is “no more suffering for sin”because there is “no more remembrance of sin”! The Holy Spirit witnesses in our hearts, and we have the blessing of that promised New Covenant (14-17, Jeremiah 31:33).
TOMORROW WE WILL SEE # 3
Please read Hebrews 10
Someone said, “Hebrews starts out like a sermon and ends like a letter. The main lesson of Hebrews is found in 6:1, “Let us go on unto perfection,”that is spiritual maturity. These Hebrew Christians were not mature Christians, because when God spoke His Word they were not faithful in keeping it. They neglected and drifted from it.
In verse 1, “for”means He is giving further explanation on the finality of Jesus “One”Sacrifice being superior over the sacrifices under the law. “Image”(Eikon) gives through representation of what it images. “Make perfect”(Teleiou) to bring to state of completeness (remember that “without sin unto salvation”in 9:28 means complete deliverance). The idea here is that the law could not actually save the believer because it was always short of completeness. Wow!
Verse 2, “remembrance” is a calling to mind. The memory of sin is constantly revived.
Verse 10, the “will”refers to the will of God which Jesus came to do.
Verse 11, the priests were still ministering in the Temple of Jerusalem which shows the book was written before 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed by Rome.
Verses 13-14, “perfected”again (Teleiou), to bring to state of completeness and “forever”ties in with perfected. A perfect state of completeness is what we have in our salvation.
Verse 15, here he quotes Jeremiah in verses 16-18. He declares the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In Old Testament, God wrote His laws on stone and in the New Testament on the heart. God “remembers sin no more”under the New Testament it is done away, put away forever.
This chapter closes the section on THE SUPERIOR PRIESTHOOD (7-10) by pointing out that the priesthood of Christ is based on a superior sacrifice – the sacrifice of Himself.