The Beautiful Exchange (1 of 2)

Just as the writer has presented us with a description of Jesus Christ as the ultimate high priest, whom is far superior to the old priesthood. The writer also presents us with a description of the one final sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which is far superior to the many sacrifices offered by the old priesthood. In this study we will look firstly at the sacrifices offered under the old covenant, then at the one final sacrifice of Jesus Christ. For the second part of the study we will, again, set these side by side in a table for an easier comparison. Then we will wrap up the main points for the completion of this study.

Sacrifices under the Old Testament Ritual Laws; (NKJV Scripture in order for section)

  • 5:3 the high priest had to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the sins of the people, not just once but daily (day after day)
  • 7:11 they did not and could not provide ‘perfection
  • 7:18 the law made nothing ‘perfect
  • 7:27 sacrifices needed to be offered daily (day after day)
    and needed to be offered for the priest’s sins as well as the people’s sins
  • 8:13 old ritual law sacrifices under the first covenant were made ‘obsolete‘ by the implementation of the new covenant, by Jesus Christ
  • 9:6 priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry
  • 9:7 only high priests entered the inner room, annually, only with blood, making an offering for himself and for the sins the people that they had committed in ignorance
  • 9:9 these gifts and sacrifices were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper
  • 9:10 were temporary ‘external regulations
  • 9:11 were offered in a man-made tabernacle
  • 9:12 using the blood of goats and calves
  • 9:13 the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer could only ‘sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean‘, this did not and could not help the inwardly – your spirit/soul
  • 9:18 sacrifices were not put into effect without blood
  • 9:22 the law required that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness from God
  • 9:24 they were offered in a man-made sanctuary, which was only a copy, and shadow, of the true one to come
  • 9:25 high priests enter the Most Holy Place over and over again, year after year
    high priests enter with blood that is not his own, but of goat, bull, or calve
  • 10:1 the law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming – not the realities themselves in present
  • therefore… it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship God. (10:2 – If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all by doing so, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins If so there wouldn’t have been need for the sending and sacrifice of Jesus Christ)
  • 10:3 the sacrifices are an annual reminder of their sins
  • 10:4 it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins
  • 10:5-8 God did not desire sacrifice/offering, burnt offerings, or sin offerings, nor was he pleased with them
  • 10:9 they are set aside by God
  • 10:11 the daily repeated sacrifices can never take away sins of the people

In these statements about the sacrifices offered under the ritual and traditional Jewish law of the old covenant – There are two recurring themes (1) the repetitiveness of these sacrifices (2) their temporary and superficial capabilities. By way of extreme contrast, consider what is said about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ…

The Once and For ALL Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior; (NKJV Scripture in order for section)

  • 7:27a was not needed daily (day after day)
  • 7:27b was not for his own sins but ours (the worlds)
  • 7:27c the sacrifice for the worlds sins was once and for ALL when he offered himself up
  • 9:9 (by assumption) is able to clear the conscience of, and give rest/peace to, the worshiper
  • 9:12 he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption
  • 9:14 the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself unblemished and unspotted to God. This cleanses, and purifies, our consciences/hearts from acts that will evidently lead us to death, this way we may serve the living God wholly and holy
  • 9:15 he died as a ransom to set them and us free from the sins committed under the first covenant law
  • 9:25 he does not have to enter heaven to offer himself over and over again
  • 9:26 he appeared once for ALL at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself
  • 9:28 Christ was sacrificed once to take away ALL the sins of many people (the world)
  • 10:1 (by assumption) makes perfect those who draw near to him in worship
  • 10:2 (by assumption) worshipers are cleansed once for all, and no longer need to feel guilty for their sins committed past, present, and future
  • 10:10 we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ – once for ALL and forever more
  • 10:12 Jesus offered for ALL time one sacrifice for ALL sins, then sat down at the right hand of God the Father
  • 10:14 by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (us that believe in him)
  • 10:17 God no longer remembers our sins and lawless acts, we are continually cleaned and purified – white as snow – from the day we believe
  • 10:18 where we have been forgiven there is no longer any needed future sacrifice for sin – it is Final and Done
  • 10:19 we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus
  • 10:20 we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by a new and living way opened for us through… his body, no longer set apart from God
  • 10:22 therefore … let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water .
  • 10:23 therefore … let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he is faithful who promised

The two efficacious and dominant qualities of the sacrifice of Christ are (1) its once and for ALL-ness and related immutability (2) its all inclusive and radical implementation in our lives, then and now.

For our next study we will look at these two contrasting sacrifices in table form, then wrap up the study at the end. Thank you for joining us and God Bless!

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