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Approaching Sunday: Hebrews 9

As the Holy Spirit prepares your heart and mind to engage with the sermon on Sunday morning, consider this passage from Hebrews 9 along with its implication.
 
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serving the living God.  Therefore, he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
 
This is an incredible passage regarding the supremacy of Christ as the ultimate and final sacrifice for sin. Robert Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, gives us insight into this passage when he states:
 

“In contrast to Old Testament high priests who offered the blood of sacrificial animals in an earthly sanctuary, Christ presented his own blood in God’s presence in heaven itself.  What is the result? He secured “an eternal redemption (V12). This is incredible.  When we compare the millions of Old Testament sacrifices with the power and effects of Christ’s single sacrifice, we are amazed at his.  Unlike theirs, his sacrifice achieved an eternal redemption! The one sacrifice of the Son of God delivers forever all the redeemed.”
 

Think about that for a moment.  All of the Old Testament sacrifices directed our attention to the one permanent sacrifice- the crucified body and spilled blood of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the sins of God’s people are completely and eternally paid for by the life, death, resurrection and interceding work of Jesus.  There is never a need for another sacrifice.  Christ has declared “It is finished!” and He meant it.

Order of Service

Hosanna (Praise is Rising) (Matthew 21:9)
Welcome and Announcements

All Because of Jesus (Romans 6:11; Romans 8:10-11; Ephesians 2)
Blessed Assurance (1 John 3:19-24)

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Psalm 103:1-8)
Sermon: Superior Over the New Covenant (Hebrews 9)
Offertory and Closing Song: Hosanna (Praise is Rising)

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Approaching Sunday: God is True to His Promises

 

As we draw near to Sunday, I want to direct your attention to a particular passage in Hebrews 8 and give a couple of brief thoughts.

Hebrews 8:10-12

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.  And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, know the Lord, for all will know me, from the least to the greatest of them.  For I will be merciful to their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more.” (NASB)

It is here that the Hebraic author is quoting Jeremiah 31:31-34 in an effort to further demonstrate that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this promise given many years ago.  

God is faithful to His promises.

Consider Romans 2:15, “They demonstrate that God’s law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.”

All men are without excuse.  The law of God is written on their hearts and their knowledge of the existence of God is evidenced through creation (Romans 1).  Thankfully God’s promise doesn’t end with the law on our hearts and our knowledge of Him through creation.

The author of Hebrews is reminding us that God through Jesus fulfills the Jeremiah 31 promise by enabling us to “know the Lord” through Christ’s life, death, resurrection and interceding work. From the least to the greatest, we know God because of Christ.

God through Christ has forgiven us of our sins and has remembered them no more.  In other words, every ounce of his wrath for our sin was poured out on Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 8 is a fantastic reminder that God keeps His promises.  When you forget that, look to Christ, our great High Priest.

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