The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing. The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing.
The Old Testament way of approaching God is imperfect. It was never able to clear a persons conscious.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
A Christian has been purged by the blood of Jesus and should not be conscious of sin. Very few Christians are enjoying this benefit of their salvation. They bear a sin consciousness which is the cause of so many suffering from a sense of unworthiness Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
These verses would have greater impact if we understood the context. The author is presenting a contrast between the Old and New Covenant relationships of God and mankind. The Old required that blood be shed every time a person sinned. There were additional sacrifices that had to be offered on a daily basis. This created a constant sense of unworthiness.
The concept of one sacrifice did not even exist in the Old Testament. Blood had to be shed every time a person sinned. We live in a totally opposite state today. Jesus entered into the heavenly holy of holies once. He only offered one sacrifice that covered the sin of every man or woman who will ever live.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus’ one sacrifice “obtained eternal redemption” for mankind.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
Jesus offered one sacrifice that provided on eternal “redemption through His blood” which includes forgiveness of all sin. Redemption is the forgiveness of our sins. Hebrews tells us then that we have an eternal forgiveness of our sins.
Jesus did not offer us redemption that lasts only until the next time we sin!
Jesus did not offer us redemption that lasts only until the next time we fall short.
We do not have to go to God every time we sin for a new dose of forgiveness! I have heard ministers encourage people to ask God to reapply the blood every time they sinned. Jesus presented His blood once in the heavenly holy of holies. There will never be a need for Him to do this again because His one sacrifice took care of every sin that every human being will ever commit.
This is different from what most Christians have been taught. Have you ever heard anyone say some like any of the following:
“You have to get the sin under the blood.”
“Go to God and get the blood reapplied!”
“Make sure you don’t let your head hit the pillow with an unconfessed sin.”
God only only paid for our sins once. In that one payment He provided mankind the eternal forgiveness of sin.
Jesus died once.
Jesus presented His blood once.
Jesus provided eternal redemption and the sins that we have not even committed are forgiven through His death!
I will leave you with the following Scripture to think about until we pick up our conversation in the next post:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2
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