Hebrews 10
Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10:1-39

1  For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

3  But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.

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

5  Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU DID NOT DESIRE, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME.

6  IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN YOU HAD NO PLEASURE.

7  THEN I SAID, ‘BEHOLD, I HAVE COME—IN THE VOLUME OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME—TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.’ “

8  Previously saying, “SACRIFICE AND OFFERING, BURNT OFFERINGS, AND OFFERINGS FOR SIN YOU DID NOT DESIRE, NOR HAD PLEASURE IN THEM” (which are offered according to the law),

9  then He said, “BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL, O GOD.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.

10  By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11  And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

12  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,

13  from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.

14  For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

15  But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

16  “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR HEARTS, AND IN THEIR MINDS I WILL WRITE THEM,”

17  then He adds, “THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.”

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

19  Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20  by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

21  and having a 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 confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

24  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,

25  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

26  For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

27  but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

28  Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

30  For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 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 in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:

33  partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

34  for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.

35  Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.

36  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

37  “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY.

38  NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.”

39  But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

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5 months ago

The concern continues that there would be a falling away from the great provision we’ve been given in Christ by failing to obey the heart of God in doing His will by faith. Though it may appear that there is a removal of what we’re doing from the equation altogether, this chapter would refute that in clarifying that there will be no further sacrifice for those who choose to remain in the very sin His blood has delivered us from. Yes, there is no repeated offering of sacrifices that the Father takes no pleasure in, but since Jesus’ sacrifice is forever, so its deliverance from doing the will of the devil by serving the flesh should also be forever in the heart and life of the one who has truly gone to that place of consecration beyond the veil. Just because there is only one sacrifice in Him does not mean we’ve already accessed all its provision, that we are forever in Him because of a prayer we once prayed. What is done in holiness and purity is evidence of where we’re abiding, either in the world or at the throne of grace. The help we find there is not how to remain till the end as we choose to serve sin, but the inner desire from an identity transformation to wonderfully serve the heart of God in the things that have remained His purpose in pursuing us from the start. How we live, move, and have our being has not been changed in the least, just how we get to that way of living, from a failed, repeated offering of sacrifice, to the single and eternal offering of Jesus’ body. Just as Jesus became the eternal sacrifice, so there should be in us an eternal impact of this in how we walk through life, not enabled in sin, but quickened and empowered to never serve sin again.

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