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HEBREWS 10:1-18    OCTOBER 29 2006

The old sacrificial system has been abolished
because of the sacrifice of Christ. This truth is
based on Christ’s complete obedience to the will
of God . The unrepeatable character of this
sacrifice is now contrasted with the sacrifices
of the old order. The result is seen in the secured
forgiveness for every believer.

1. Once We Were Unforgiven (Heb. 10:1-4)

Hebr. 10:1   The law is only a shadow of the good things
that are coming —not the realities themselves. For this
reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated
endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw
near to worship. 10:2   If it could, would they not have
stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have
been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt
guilty for their sins. 10:3   But those sacrifices are an
annual reminder of sins, 10:4   because it is impossible
for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Only the coming of the Messiah was sufficient for
the forgiveness of sins. The sharp contrast in these
verses is between the old and new covenants, the old
and new approaches to God.

The writer of Hebrews was not the first biblical
author to see God’s intention. David prayed: “God,
create a clean heart want a sacrifice, or I would
give it; You are not pleased with a burnt offering”
(Ps. 51:10,16).

2. Now We Are Set Apart (Heb. 10:8-10)

Hebr. 10:8   First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt
offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were
you pleased with them” (although the law required them
to be made). 10:9   Then he said, “Here I am, I have come
to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the
second. 10:10   And by that will, we have been made holy
through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once
for all.

So perfect was this sacrifice that no repetition of it
is either necessary or possible. It was offered
once and for all. For Christians, this sanctification
is a consequence of that offering , cleansing us of sin
and making us fit for the presence of God . Thus, the
first covenant was abolished and the new covenant
established.

3. Now We Are Perfected (Her. 10:11-16)

Hebr. 10:11   Day after day every priest stands and
performs his religious duties; again and again he offers
the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 10:12
But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice
for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 10:13   Since
that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,
10:14   because by one sacrifice he has made perfect
forever those who are being made holy. 10:15   The Holy
Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: 10:16
“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time,
says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will
write them on their minds.”

In contrast , Our Lord, offering one sacrifice for sins
forever, sat down at the right hand of God. This Heavenly
High Priest has a continual ministry on His people’s behalf
at the right hand of the Father, but this is a ministry of
intercession. It is not a repeated offering of His sacrifice.

This all substantiates the combining of an inner law with
the assurance that sins and iniquities are blotted out
forever from God’s record, never to surface again – far
beyond anything the sacrificial law of the Old Testament
could provide.

4. Now We Are Forgiven (Heb. 10:17-18)

Hebr. 10:17   Then he adds:     “Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.” 10:18   And where these have been
forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

The strong word of god is, I will never again remember
their sins and their lawless acts. For further study, look
again at the October 22 lesson. the old covenant actually
provided for an annual remembrance of sin( 10:3). The new
covenant promised no more remembrance of sin. Jesus’
death gives complete forgiveness from the penalty of sin.

As a final reminder the author said, there is no longer an
offering for sin , as His Offering was once and for all .

Summary:

If there is anything clearly and repeatedly pointed out
in Hebrews, it is that Jesus voluntarily sacrificed His own
life so that we, His human brothers and sisters , might be
forgiven, restored , and made a part of the family of God.
He is the High Priest par excellence and remains at the right
hand of the Father., making intercession for all of us. Surely
the least we can do is to express our gratitude for His
inexpressible gift!