Memory verses for this week:
Pet 3:13 Nevertheless
we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,
wherein dwelleth righteousness.
In Chapter 9, we studied about how
that the sanctuary in the tabernacle and the temple were types of
the true sanctuary we now have in our Lord Jesus Christ. We have a High Priest who ever lives to make
intercession for us.
I. The Law and
Offerings Made Nothing Perfect
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
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because
that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience
We have studied in the past how that the law really was used a
schoolmaster to show us how far short of God’s glory we stand.
It never made a person perfect, but was a shadow of good
things to come. If the
sacrifices had made the people perfect, then they would not have had
to continually bring more animals to be sacrificed.
But the blood of animals could not make anyone perfect as it
says in verse 4.
But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of
sins every year.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins.
Every time that the people sinned in the Old Testament times, they had
to bring a new offering or sacrifice.
Today, in our dispensation of grace, we look to the one
sacrifice that Jesus made on Calvary and ask Him for forgiveness
with the assurance that he will forgive us of all sin.
Verse 3 reminds us that every year, there was that
remembrance of former sins. Those
animal sacrifices could not take away sin, but they typified Christ
who could take away sin.
The people in the Old Testament trusted God and looked
forward in time believing the Messiah would come and die for their
sins. Today, we look
back, knowing Jesus has already came and paid the penalty for our
sins. I believe
Christ’s death on the cross, was sufficient to pay for all the
sins of all mankind. Unfortunately, not all will come to Christ and seek
forgiveness by repenting and trusting Christ in faith.
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice
and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is
written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
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;
Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh
away the first, that he may establish the second.
Jesus is eternal, and existed from eternity past.
He (and the Holy Spirit) were with God when they formed man
in “our image” as it states in Genesis.
So when Jesus came to earth, he existed before he was born.
All God gave Christ was an earthly body to dwell in for his
33 ½ years. Those blood offerings of the animals never pleased God, and
nothing could take away sin until Jesus died and paid the ultimate
price that God required to forgive us.
While God had no pleasure in those offerings, Jesus’ death
was acceptable and did please the Heavenly Father.
53:10 Yet it pleased
the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt
make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall
prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his
Christ came to this earth to fulfill what was written and prophesied
that he would come and do. By
fulfilling Psalms 40, Christ wound up the old dispensation of the
law and brought in the new dispensation of grace.
40:6 Sacrifice and
offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt
offering and sin offering hast thou not required.
40:7 Then said I, Lo, I
come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
40:8 I delight to do
thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
40:9 I have preached
righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my
lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
40:10 I have not hid
thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness
and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy
truth from the great congregation.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering
oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
It is through the offering of Christ and His blood that we are
explains in verse 11 that the Old Testament priests were ministering
and carrying on a work which was never completed.
The reason was that the sacrifices they offered could not
take away sin. The term
in verse 11 that says ‘every priest standeth daily’ points out
that they were never seated. There
were no chairs in the Holy Place of the sanctuary nor in the inner
chamber, the Holiest of Holies.
The priest’s work was never completed in the sanctuary of
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for
ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are
Thank God we find our great High Priest seated today on the right hand
of God. This signifies
that the job is completed. When
He offered His own blood on the mercyseat in Heaven, all of the Old
Testament types were fulfilled and there was never to be another
sacrifice made for sin. Jesus’
blood was sufficient to pay the required price that God demanded,
and only Jesus’ blood was enough.
By the offering of Christ’s blood, we are perfected in Him
Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after
that he had said before,
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;
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering
Verse 15 states the Holy Spirit witnesses this to us to prove that it is
all true. What
was promised to Israel and Judah through the new covenant is now
true of all who receive Christ as their Savior.
31:33 But this shall be
the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those
days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and
write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be
31:34 And they shall
teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother,
saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of
them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive
and I will remember their sin no more.
The Believers Study Bible said this about the perfect offering Jesus
made for us.
10:18 The blood of sacrificial animals effected a temporary atonement, but
the sacrificial system in itself could not take away sin and its
consequent debt (which required forgiveness), slavery (which called
for redemption), or alienation (which demanded reconciliation).
Christ through His death made the perfect atonement with everlasting
II. We Enter the Holiest
Through the Blood of Christ
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the
holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
And having an high priest over the house of God;
Before Jesus died, only the High Priest could go into that inner most
chamber of the tabernacle called the Holiest of Holies, and he could
only go once per year. After
Christ died, the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom,
signifying how that we can now go right into the presence of the
Lord. The wall of
separation was broken down by God. In our Wednesday night studies of the tabernacle, it
was pointed out that the inner veil to the Holiest of Holies was
like 10 inches thick. Even
horses tied to the sides could not separate that veil.
But God could, and it was God who tore it into from the top
to the bottom when Christ died on Calvary.
23:44 And it was about
the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until
the ninth hour.
23:45 And the sun was
darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
23:46 And when Jesus
had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I
commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
23:47 Now when the
centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly
this was a righteous man.
23:48 And all the
people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which
were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
23:49 And all his
acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood
afar off, beholding these things.
J. Vernon McGee said this about these verses.
veil was torn in two when Christ was crucified on the cross, which
indicated that the way to God was open.
“Through the veil, that is to say, his flesh”—flesh
is the same word we find in the prologue of John’s Gospel where he
said that “the Word became flesh.” John didn’t say that
it was a new and living way open to God, because the Incarnation,
the life of Christ saves no one. We enter into the holiest by
the blood of Jesus. Our right of entrance is not through His
incarnation but through the rending of the veil; that is, through
His death. You and I have the privilege of worshiping God, not
because of the life of Jesus, but because of His death
for us upon the Cross. Oh, my friend, this distinction is so
a new and living way.” The word new is from the Greek
meaning “newly slain.” It speaks of the fact that the Lord Jesus
Christ has opened up for you and me a new and living way to God
through His crucifixion, through His death upon the Cross. The old
sacrifices won’t help you anymore, friend.
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.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without
wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to
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.
Verses 22, 23, and 24 speak of “Let us”. This is a call to action.
God wants us to draw near with a true heart, to hold fast the
profession of our faith without wavering, and to consider one
another to provoke us unto love and to good works.
All of these are important, but one of the most important is
mentioned in verse 25 where God exhorts us to keep on assembling
ourselves to reach others for the cause of Christ.
This honors God and glorifies His son Jesus Christ.
Things are evil in the
world, and when we come together it strengthens us and it gives
credibility to work of the Lord.
I got a disturbing email from someone yesterday that
apparently just stumbled upon the website and was highly offended.
The man (or woman) wrote a very offensive letter calling
Christians a very bad name and said we were all wrong in trying to
force our beliefs down everyone’s throats based upon some ancient
best selling book that was nothing more than that.
At first I was very mad, and started to respond in anger.
But rethinking things, it made me realize that there was a
time in my own life when I shared those thoughts.
But people loved me and told me about Christ.
I tried to show love and responded in a way that I hope made
the person realize that we serve a true and living God.
To not believe there is a greater power than what we have on
this earth is taking a very shallow view.
But to acknowledge our Maker (which even the stars of heaven
witness to his existence), and to realize how far we come short of
His glory and righteousness will make us realize that we need a
Savior. And I
pointed out using many verses to back it up that all of us one day
will bow our knees to God and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is King
of Kings and Lord of Lords.
There is no escaping it.
And after that person read those verses, I believe there
might be some realization that no ordinary book could pierce and cut
the heart the way God’s Word can.
My words may soon be forgotten, but those that God spoke will
last forever. I pray
this person will see the love of Christ and turn to Him.
When we cross from this life unto the next, it will be too
late if we have not accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Sin has a price, and we either pay it ourselves for eternity
separated from God, or we come to God His way with faith and
love God has shown to us who know Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
III. The Danger of Willful
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or
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?
When we hear the gospel and do not respond, there is a horrible price to
be paid. And when
we do know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and refuse to follow in his
Righteous steps, we can be sure that chastisement is on its way.
The writer calls to our attention that in Moses’ day, those
that despised the died without mercy at the testimony of two or
three witnesses. I
don’t know about you, but I’m glad I live today during our time
period where we are not stoned to death for even a minor infraction
of the law or commandments.
But sin is something God hates, and in verse 29, he warns of
the punishment that awaits those who have trodden under foot the Son
For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me,
I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
God is sure to bring judgment on those who turn from him or stiffen
their necks when they are brought under conviction. We need to have a soft heart that is teachable and moldable
into the pattern of Jesus Christ.
It is a very fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
Sam 24:10 And David's
heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David
said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and
now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant;
for I have done very foolishly.
Sam 24:11 For when
David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the
prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
Sam 24:12 Go and say
unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose
thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.
Sam 24:13 So Gad came
to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of
famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months
before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three
days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I
shall return to him that sent me.
Sam 24:14 And David
said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand
of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the
hand of man.
Sam 24:15 So the LORD
sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time
appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba
seventy thousand men.
Sam 24:16 And when the
angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD
repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the
people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD
was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
Sam 24:17 And David
spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and
said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep,
what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and
against my father's house.
28:26 He that trusteth
in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be
28:27 He that giveth
unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have
many a curse.
28:28 When the wicked
rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous
29:1 He, that being
often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and
that without remedy.
IV. They Were Called Upon
to Remember the Former Days
But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye
were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches
and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them
that were so used.
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.
After the Hebrews were enlightened and saved, they suffered as
Christians. Many are
surprised at this, but if you live Godly, persecution will come
who had been persecuted did not give up, but knew that they had
something much greater in Heaven for what they endured.
Tim 3:10 But thou hast
fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, charity, patience,
Tim 3:11 Persecutions,
afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra;
what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered
Tim 3:12 Yea, and all
that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Tim 3:13 But evil men
and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompense of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the
will of God, ye might receive the promise.
For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and
will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of
them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Paul encouraged these to keep on because they had a promise of the
coming of the Lord. God
does not have pleasure in those who begin in faith and then fall
back or turn from the work of the Lord.
He blesses those who put their hand on the plow and never
look back. We are
of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
9:62 And Jesus said
unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God.
6:37 All that the
Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will
in no wise cast out.
1:6 Being confident of
this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will
perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Tim 1:12 For the which
cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to
keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
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