“But when Christ appeared as a High Priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:11-14
The writer of Hebrews has shown the the Old Testament pointed to a new and better Covenant found in Jesus Christ. The old had divine purpose but in the all of Old Testament history, this world was headed to the coming of Jesus.
Hebrews 9:11 begins with the Good News, “But when Christ appeared”…that’s a “Shout now – Hallelujah.” Christ appeared, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).” ““Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel” (which means, God with us) [Matthew 1:23].” Hallelujah! Blessed is the Holy Name of Jesus, the Perfect Lamb of God.
And look, not only did He come to earth but He came for a purpose. He came as High Priest. Remember we discussed before that He came as both our High Priest and our Sacrifice. “He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.“ Jesus’ blood did what no animal blood could ever do…or our own blood for that matter. The blood of Jesus paid the perfect ransom for our eternal redemption.
“How much more will the blood of Christ” satisfy the wrath of God than the rituals and dead works of man which can not give spiritual eternal life. The rituals of the Old Covenant do not have the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus. I believe purifying our conscience from dead works to serve the living God is important because no matter how we perform on the outside or even speak, our conscience will beat on us as it keeps echoing our unworthiness except we experience intimately, by faith, the purifying of our conscience. Our conscience will tell us time and time again that we are guilty and condemn us. Our self indulgence, self exaltation, self pity, and selfishness confirms it.
But O knowing, believing, receiving that gift of Jesus whose blood washes white as snow, will quiet our conscience for God has declared that “there is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).” A new, Superior High Priest has come and made a Superior sacrifice. He sacrificed Himself, stating “no man takes my life but I lay it down (John 10:18).” Verse 14 describes this effecting work: who through the eternal Spirit (Holy Spirit) offered Himself (Jesus) without blemish to God (the Father). The Trinity at work for our salvation, rescue, deliverance, eternal and abundant life!
HALLELUJAH! THANK YOU, JESUS!
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