Week Three – Day 3 – Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Read HEBREWS 9:23-28 (ESV) SOAP v. 28
23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Going back into earlier in the chapter of Hebrews 9….
- 7 – but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. (see Lev. 16:29,34) The high Priest would enter the tabernacle (Most Holy Place) once a year (Yom Kippur) to make atonement once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.
- 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. – Christ did not have to repeatedly enter into the Most High Place to offer a perfect sacrifice, as HE WAS the PERFECT SACRIFICE. He died in the place of the sacrificial animals. As he was perfect and sinless, He was able to die for the sins of all.
- 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. – Jesus was the one who offered the perfect sacrifice, and He WAS the perfect sacrifice! He was able to cleanse us from sins (purify our conscience).
Hebrews 10: 1 – 4 – “For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” The yearly sacrifices were a reminder that everyone had sinned, and a reminder that they could not attain the perfection of being without sin. If they ‘worked’ to remove all sin, then they wouldn’t have to be continually offered! Why? Because the animal sacrifices would not take away sins. They merely “covered” them. They didn’t remove them.
The beauty of this sacrifice by Jesus is further explained in Hebrews 10:19 – 22) 19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. What are the results of His sacrifice? We have CONFIDENCE to enter the holy places, as He opened up the access by His death. We can draw near to God in His house, assured of our access, as we have been cleansed by His death (evil conscience [inside] and bodies washed [outside]). We have access to the Father – through Jesus Christ! And – we come clean!
A – What do I take away from today?
I kept thinking about a “clean conscience” as I read Hebrews 9 and 10. It is the part of the soul that is able to tell the difference between good and bad, and the ability to DO the good, and SHUN the evil. I looked the Greek word up in Strong’s, referencing Hebrews 9:14. I found: “Syneidēsis – the soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad, prompting to do the former and shun the latter, commending one, condemning the other” (Strong’s Concordance)
Christ’s sacrifice brings to us a clean conscience – the ability to know good and bad, and the ability to DO the good and shun the evil. He “cleanses out conscience” from the acts that lead to death (Heb. 9:14) SO THAT we may serve the living God! We can also “draw near to God with a sincere heart in FULL ASSURANCE of faith… having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a GUILTY CONSCIENCE! Wow…
I have full access to the Father through Christ’s death. His death granted me forgiveness and access. I don’t have to worry about my past acts, or my guilt – as it has been died for, paid for, ONCE FOR ALL! God says, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Heb. 10:17) AND “where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.” (Heb. 10:18). Hallelujah! I am forgiven!
P – Father God, thank You for this incredible sacrifice – one that ONLY Your Son could make. Thank You for His willingness to bear my sin, to BE my sin, to DIE for my sin, so that I could live in full forgiveness. Father, thank You for the access that I have to You – not having to be afraid of Your denial, or Your displeasure. You willingly accept me, covered and cleansed by Christ’s blood – for me. Help me to live in that state of forgiveness, and access to You – so that I can serve You. I am cleansed from a guilty conscience – and ready to serve You, today. Walk with me as I walk through my daily life – and help me to impact others with Your love and freedom. Thank You for the expectation that I can have of being with you eternally.
Glorious Day – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXp6xcY5IqU
“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”
One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed
Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine
Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day