Hebrews 10…. Christ’s Sacrifice and the Superiority of Faith. Part I

: 1-10 Christ died Once and for ALL

The old system of the Law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim view of the offering that the Sacrifice of Christ gave us. One of the complaints about the Historic churches is that they seem to be repeating the Law of Moses with their rituals and customs. The complaint of the traditional Church is that the Evangelicals have abandoned the heart of the Law. Both are correct and both are wrong. The system set up by God through Moses was for a people to hold fast so that they could have structure, continuance and stability. The Mission of Christ to end sacrifice was to complete the people and connect with the One Sacrifice for all. Sacrifices repeated year after year, time and time again were not required any longer but the word is REQUIRED. The purpose of the old was the reminder that reconciliation was not possible through the acts of men. It could only be fulfilled by an act of God.

“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 offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.” ( – ESV)

How can anything given by men be equated as perfect? Only by Christ[God Incarnate] can it be made perfect. The Atonement is the completion of the perfection offered by God for all times and for all mankind. We are given a new sacrifice, and a new festival of reconciliation through the offering of Communion, a continuing offering of the One Sacrifice. In this we hold fast to the old and at the same time hold onto the New. Communion, or Eucharist. is the New Sacrifice, the One Sacrifice. Not a reminder but the continuation of the One Sacrifice. For Jesus said “When ever you do this, do it in remembrance of Me.” When ever we offer up the One Perfect
Atonement, we do it as the One Sacrifice, not a tradition of the old Law.


“Otherwise, would they not ceased to be offered (Sacrifices of Atonement), since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any conscientiousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the of blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”
– ESV)

Much is said about the Old Law being abolished, but this is not the point of the writing. It is not the abolishment of the Law, but of the Sacrifice that did not take away the guilt of sin. The Law of Atonement is still in place, But Christ is the Atonement, not bulls or goats. The imperfect Atonement sacrifice has been replaced by the One Sacrifice for all, Christ. And this Perfected Offering for atonement is the only one that removes not only the sin,but the consequence of sin, the guilt of sin and the pain of sin. Once confessed, once the offering of self through communion, once the repentance is made true, there is no more sin, or guilt of sin. The Grace, Perfect Grace is given up to God and in partaking of the Body and Blood we receive perfect grace.

And we know this because the writer quote as evidence. Using the Jerusalem Bible,

“You, who wanted no sacrifice or obligation,
opened my ear,
You asked no holocaust or sacrifice for sin;
then I said, ‘Here I am! I am coming!’

In the scroll of the book am I not commanded
to obey your will?
My God, I have always loved Your Law
from the depths of my being.”

God demanded animal sacrifices as atonement but He did not want them. He wanted the contrite heart, He wants the obedient heat. He want the heart that says, I am here! I am coming to Your will. Put aside the rituals that are empty, put on a clean heart, repentant and changed. And answer His voice saying I am here, I am coming to You O LORD. The blood offering was to demonstrate the seriousness of sin and the cost of sin was death. But through Christ we now have eternal life. Death has no victory over us. David loved the Law but sacrifice was still empty, for it was Love of the Law, not the ritual, that David served. And the Law was God.

The writer continues in this vein with: “First, Christ said, ‘You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them.’ (though they are required by the law of Moses).” Then He said. ‘Look, I have come to do Your will.’ He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect.” ( NLT) So we have a new tradition, a new offering. Not one that is temporal, but one that is spiritual. Not one that a reminder of our guilt, but one that absolves us from guilt. Jesus cancels our sin offering by becoming the sin burden Himself. And when we partake of the Sacrament of Communion, we renew ourselves with this One Sacrifice, not making a new offering, but continuing to be partners with he One Offering. As the writer sways in , “For God’s will was for us to be made holy (pure) by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ,once and for all.”

this ends part one of four parts.


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10:1 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. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Consequently, when Christ [1] came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ [2] had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”

17 then he adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, brothers, [3] 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. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,

“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
38 but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”

39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 10:5 Greek he
[2] 10:12 Greek this one
[3] 10:19 Or brothers and sisters


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10:1 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. (ESV)


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Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (ESV)


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In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear. [1]
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 40:6 Hebrew ears you have dug for me


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When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),

Hebrews 10:9 (Listen

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),

Hebrews 10:9 (Listen)

then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. (ESV)


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10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (ESV)

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