Hebrews Chapter 10

According to Paul in Hebrews Chapter 10, the law only hints at what will come in the future. It does not reflect the present reality, so repetitively offering sacrifices over and over as the years pass will not help people become whole.

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If this were actually a method of reverence that worked, this practice would have continued. But everyone knows that sacrificing the blood of animals will not cleanse people of their sins.

Jesus as a Sacrifice

This is why Jesus came to the world and noted that even though there were no burnt offerings or blood held out for Him, the people had clearly given of themselves. For this reason, He had come to do the will of humanity.

Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for the cleansing of humankind. He declared that there was no need for the sacrifice of animals and that this form of sacrifice was meaningless. He offered Himself instead, and that having been done, He now sits at the right hand of God waiting for His enemies to huddle at His feet while knowing that His sacrifice has permanently benefited those who believe in Him.

A New Covenant is Formed

Because of this, the voice of the Holy Spirit has declared that henceforth there will be a promise between God and humankind, and the followers of the Lord will hold His laws solidly in heart and mind. Their transgressions will be forgotten and forgiven, and unnecessary offerings for sin will be no more.

Now, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, the way into the sanctuary comes through life rather than death. Because Jesus now presides over the house of God, worshipers can feel clean of heart and pure of soul through life and pure water. There is no call to futilely attempt to wash sins away with death and blood.

Living in Freedom

Now the people can live in hope, free from doubt because of His faithful promise. They can focus on encouraging goodness, understanding, and love in one another and take joy in fellowship together. Paul said that the people can and should leave sinful ways behind now that the truth is known because willfully choosing sin when knowing better would surely lead to a harsh judgment in the end.

The people can let go of the need for vengeance and spite because now they know that the Lord will take care of making things right and settling justice. With this knowledge, the followers of Christ can accept all manner of persecution, abuse, and material loss because the truth is untouchable in their hearts, minds, and souls.

God’s Promises Will be Fulfilled

The Lord entreats the people to hold their knowledge with the confidence of great rewards to come. He counsels them that their endurance will be tested, but having followed the will of God, the promise will be fulfilled. Therefore, those who believe and know the truth should delight the Lord by moving forward boldly in faith and never shrinking back. This is the sure way to avoiding becoming lost, and instead to become saved.

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Hebrews 10 (King James Version)

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

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