“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/The Blood Of Christ

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Blood Of Christ”, Acts 9:11) But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect Tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;  Hebrews 8:2.  12) Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His Own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  Daniel 9:24.  13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sancifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  Leviticus 8:15; Numbers 19:2.  14) How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?  15) And for this cause He is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the Promise of Eternal Inheritance.  1Timothy 2:5.  16) For where a Testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the Testator.  17) For a Testament is of force after men are dead:  otherwise it is of no strength at all while the Testator liveth.  Galatians 3:15.  18) Whereupon neither the first Testament was dedicated without blood (or purified).  19) For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  20) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  1Peter 1:2.  21) Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the Tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  Exodus 29:12; Leviticus 8:15.  22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  Leviticus 17:11.  23) It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the Heavens should be purified with these, but the Heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  24) For Christ is not entered into the Holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the True; but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  1John 2:1.  25) Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the Holy place every year with blood of others;  26) For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world:  but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.  Ephesians 1:10.  27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  Ecclesiastes 3:20.  28) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto Salvation.

Quest Study Bible – v11, Greater and more perfect Tabernacle.  This is the Tabernacle in Heaven.  The difference between the earthly and the Heavenly Tabernacle is probably like the difference between a picture of a house and the house itself (see 8:2).  v14, How does Christ’s blood cleanse our consciences?  To understand how blood could wash away sin, we have to see things as the first readers of Hebrews did.  They were Jews, thoroughly acquainted with Old Testament rituals and sacrifices.  They saw blood as part of a Divine transaction:  life exchanged for death, purity exchanged for sin (see Exodus 29:11-21).  v22, Why did God want blood as payment for sin?  Sin was an irreversible affront to God’s Holiness.  The only solution to sin was the death penalty.  When blood, signifying life, was poured out, it signified that a life was given up.  In the Old Testament the death of animals fulfilled this and in the New Testament, Jesus’ Blood fulfilled the requirement of sin.  v23, Copies of the Heavenly Things.  See In what Sanctuary does Jesus serve? (8:2) and, Greater and more perfect Tabernacle (9:11).  v24, Why does Jesus appear for us in God’s presence?  Like the Old Testament priest who offered blood on behalf of the people.  Jesus appears before God to offer His Blood as the price for our sins.  See John 2:1-2 and Romans 8:34.  v26, End of the ages (world).  This phrase pictures the fulfillment of God’s plan for the world.  It is similar to, these last days (1:2).  v26, Why is sin still so rampant?  Although Jesus has done everything necessary to do away with sin; sinners still must allow His Work to take effect in their own lives.  Romans 6:6-7.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v15-22, All, by sin, were guilty before God, they had forfeited everything that is good:  but God, willing to show the greatness of His Mercy, proclaimed a Covenant of Grace.  Nothing could be clean to a sinner; not even his religious duties; except as his guilt was done away by the death of a sacrifice, of value sufficient for that end, and unless he continually depended upon it.  May we offer our spiritual sacrifices as sprinkled with Christ’s blood, and so purified from all defilement.  Amen.  

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