Epistle to the Hebrews (9:11-14)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the HebrewsSo Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.” Hebrews 9:11-14

We have seen earlier the difference between the earthly tabernacle and the heavenly one. We also realised that there were some sins we did in ignorance which would be held against us on judgement day. Our conscience had this guilt caused by sin and could not be cleanse by good deeds or sacrifices. Jesus ministers in the heavenly tabernacle and His blood has the power to cleanse our conscience of past sins.

The Jews were ceremonially unclean when they got sickness like leprosy or touched a corpse.  By the sprinkling of  the blood of the animals,  this only allowed man to become ceremonially clean not spiritually holy . The blood of bulls could not deal with the unclean and sinful heart of man. Sin is a spiritual matter and it cannot be dealt with earthly sacrifices. The high priest had to offer sacrifice for his own sins before ministering in the most holy place for he is himself a sinful man. He had to take animal’s blood and this proved that he was unfit for this task for he required external help. Could not the devil accuse the high priest of his sins? How could the high priest defend himself then?  Did not the offering of animal blood for his own sins made him lose credibility?  On this argument, his ministry proved to be fallible, right?

But Jesus’ ministry is superior than the high priest which preceded Him. He cannot take external blood – blood of animals. He was sinless and He did not require sacrifice for Himself. He is Himself the manifestation of holiness and there has never been a being which lived on earth which could match His purity and holiness. Life is found in the blood(Lev 17:14) and this is why sacrifices were done. It showed the gravity of sin and required the ultimate offering of once existence. The blood flowing in Jesus vein was the blood of redemption, the holy blood which would established a new covenant.

As we read in Romans 5:18, we could not help sinning because it was the nature we inherited from Adam. Adam brought spiritual death to all his descendants because of his disobedience. Similarly, Jesus the second Adam, brought life to all his children because of His obedience. Jesus gave man this ability to be born again spiritually.  The obedience and disobedience of these 2 men have eternal implication.

Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:18

Should we give up because we have been wired to sin? No, think about the new life given to each individual by Jesus.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17

Think about yourself as a new born baby. Consider yourself as a descendant of the Adam who did not sin. Jesus made everything new. Could the blood of animals do all that? Of course not, if it could it would not have repeated itself over and over again. I realise that without this new nature, it would have still been impossible to worship God. Though Moses was a righteous man, he could not see God’s face(Exo 33:22). Isaiah could not stand in God’s presence because of his sinfulness. He was guilty and it was normal for a man to feel unworthy.

He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Isa 6:7

The author wants to tell us a fact: “Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God“.

Think about it again, digest it. Yes now you can boldly come in God’s presence without fear because of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. Moses and Isaiah could not come boldly in God’s presence. Jesus made provision for us to stand amidst God’s holy presence. Have faith in Him.

The book of revelation also tells us that the there is not going to be as such a temple in heaven. God’s presence will be the temple.

I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” Rev 21:22

The first Adam naturally brought in us sin, fear and guilt. Jesus brought in us holiness, hope and confidence. The Holy Spirit, testifies about the validity of Jesus sacrifice.

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.So we have these three witnesses  the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree.” 1 John 5:4-8

“For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins


Posted February 9, 2013 by Cedric in Theology

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