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Book of Hebrews
Theme: New sanctuary better than old one; the superior sacrifice.
NEW SANCTUARY BETTER THAN THE OLD ONE
The subject is the priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is a Priest after the order of Melchizedek. We will be presented with two ministries which sharply contrast each other. The Levitical service, is the ministry of the Aaronic priesthood, and was carried out in a tabernacle down here on Earth. That sanctuary on Earth was merely a type of the one which is in Heaven, the sanctuary where the Lord Jesus is serving today. This sanctuary in Heaven provides a much better worship for us.
Many people consider the Law from the standpoint of the Ten Commandments, but the Letter to the Hebrews approaches the Law from the viewpoint of its place of worship and its unique Priesthood. This approach puts the importance on the settling of sins, and, as the writer will show us, the Law never really settled the sin question. "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins" (Heb.10:4).
Hebrews 9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. (KJV)
Then verily the first covenant had ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary . . . the word for service could be worship. A worldly sanctuary does not mean worldly as we normally think of it, I think it means a sanctuary of this world that is made of materials of this world. In that sense it was of the world. The writer is going to further contrast it with the sanctuary that is in Heaven. The plan of the writer in this chapter is to show the pre-eminence of Christ, from the tabernacle, and the things in it; as well as from the priesthood and covenant; and also the retraction of the Levitical ceremonies in particular, and the first covenant in general.
Hebrews 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. (KJV)
For there was a tabernacle made . . . by the direction of Moses, according to the pattern showed to him in the Mount (Ex.25:8-9).
The first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary . . . this tabernacle or dwelling may be called the first dwelling place which God had among men, to distinguish it from the second dwelling place, the Temple built by Solomon; for tabernacle here is to be considered to mean a dwelling.
To have a proper understanding of what the writer tells us here, we should try to get a brief view of the tabernacle erected by Moses in the wilderness. This tabernacle was the essence of the Jewish Temple; or rather, according to this, it was a model for the Jewish Temple.
#1. The court where the people entered.
#2. The court contained the altar of burnt-offerings, on which were offered the sacrifices in general, besides offerings of bread, wine, and other things.
#3. At the bottom or lower end of this court was the tent of the covenant; the two principal parts of the tabernacle were, the holy place and the holy of holies.
In the temple built by Solomon there was a court for the Levites, different from that of the people; and, at the entrance of the holy place, a porch. But in the tabernacle built by Moses these parts were not found, nor does the writer mention them here.
In the holy place, as the writer tells us, there were:
#1. The golden candlestick of seven branches, on the south. In each branch of the golden candlestick was a lamp; these were lighted every evening, and extinguished every morning. They were intended to give light by night.
#2. The golden altar, or altar of incense, on the north. The altar of incense was of gold; and a priest, chosen by lot each week, offered incense every morning and evening in a golden censer, which he probably left on the altar after the completion of the offering.
#3. The altar, or table of the show-bread; or where the twelve loaves, representing the twelve tribes, were laid before the Lord. The table of the show-bread was covered with plates of gold; and on this, every Sabbath, they placed twelve loaves in two piles, six in each, which continued there all the week till the next Sabbath, when they were removed, and fresh loaves put in their place.
Hebrews 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; (KJV)
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all . . . there were two veils in the tabernacle. The one is described in Exodus 26:36-37, and was called "the hanging for the door of the tent," and was made of "blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine-twined linen," and was suspended on five pillars of shittim-wood, overlaid with gold. This answered for a door to the whole tabernacle. The second or inner veil, here referred to, divided the holy from the most holy place. This veil is described in Exodus 26:31-33. It was made of the same materials as the other, although it seems to be in a more costly manner, and with more embroidered work. On this veil the figures of the cherubim were curiously wrought. The design of this veil was to separate the holy from the most holy place; and in regard to its symbolical meaning we can be at no loss, for the writer has explained it in verse 8 of this chapter.
Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; (KJV)
Which had the golden censer . . . there were many censers used by the priests in the daily service, but this was a special one, which was used by the high priest on the Day of Atonement. The other days he used a silver censer, but on that special day a golden one, and with it he entered into the Holy of Holies; and although Moses does not call it a golden one, (Lev.16:12), Josephus does, and so does the writer of this Book, and to this, the allusion is in (Rev.8:3).
And the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold . . . this is called the ark of the covenant, because the tables of the covenant, afterwards mentioned, were put into it; and that it was overlaid with gold round about, is certain from (Ex.25:11), where it is said to be overlaid with pure gold, within and without; and that the ark was within the vail, and in the most holy place, is manifest from (Ex.40:21; 2 Chron.5:7), and that this was lacking in the second Temple, is generally agreed . . . but who took it away, where it was put, or what became of it, there are many guesses. Some say it was carried away by Nebuchadnezzar into Babylon, and is meant by the goodly vessels of the house of the Lord (2 Chron.36:10), others say that Jeremiah the prophet took it, and hid it in a cave on Mount Nebo; but the more general opinion is, that it was hidden by King Josiah in some deep place, which Solomon had built for that purpose under ground, knowing, that the Temple would be destroyed.
It seems that a change has been made . . . we are now told that the golden altar is inside the Holy of Holies rather than inside the Holy Place. Why was it moved inside? The veil between the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies was made of fine twine Egyptian byssus linen with the cherubim woven into it, and it symbolized the humanity of the Lord Jesus. When He died on the cross, He gave His life as a Perfect Sacrifice, and at that time the veil was rent in twain. See Mark 15:38. http://www.godcannotlie.org/mark_ch15.html
The veil which was torn in two has been removed, indicating that the way to God is wide open, because Christ has made a way. He said, "No man cometh to the Father, but by me" (Jn.14:6). The veil that kept us from God’s Presence has been rent in twain, and we can now come right into God's Presence today (Rom.5:1-2,7-10; 8:30-39).
What happened to the golden censer or the golden altar? It has been moved inside the Holy of Holies. Aaron on the great Day of Atonement came with the blood to sprinkle upon the mercy seat. He took a censer filled with coals and incense, and he went inside the Holy of Holies. He was really transferring, as it seems, the altar of incense to the inside. He took the censer of burning coals from off the altar with sweet incense on it, and took it into the Holy of Holies, but he brought it back out again. And he had to do that again each year. Now, we have a Great High Priest who is our Great Intercessor, always at the golden altar making intercession for us. His prayers for us are always heard. The golden altar is on the inside, but it is also on the outside, because we can come through Him by prayer.
Wherein was the golden pot that had manna . . . which Aaron filled with manna (Ex.16:15,31,33), as directed by Moses, who told him this at the command of God, that it might be preserved to future ages, as a memorial of the goodness, care and power of God in feeding the Israelites with it in the wilderness (Ex.16:33-35). This pot held an omer, which was more than three and a half pints, but some say six pints. Although Moses does not call it a golden pot, yet it is so called here. This also was lacking in the second Temple, and this, along with Aaron's rod, and other things, is said to be hid when the ark was hid, and along with it. This represents the Presence of Christ with His ordinances, and is a memorial of it to ages to come, as the ordinances have in them food for souls, and are the means of remembering Christ in future generations, until His Second Coming.
And Aaron's rod that budded . . . this rod not only budded, but bloomed; blossomed, and yielded almonds (Num.17:8). Aaron's rod that budded speaks of the death and resurrection of Christ, because it was a dead rod and life came into it.
This also was laid before the ark of the testimony (Heb.9:10), and may be said to be in it, or with it, in the same sense as the pot of manna was This too, was lacking in the second Temple, and is said to be hid with the pot of manna, and other things, as it was a type of Christ. It is stated by the Jews, that in the days of the Messiah, the priesthood shall return, and the rod of Aaron shall flourish in it (Jer.1:11-12).
And the tables of the covenant . . . I think this speaks of the FACT that the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled all the law. The tables of the covenant (the testimony) was ordered to be put into the ark, and accordingly was (Ex.25:16,21; 40:20; Deut.10:1-5). There is no controversy about this, but it is a matter of dispute with the Jews, whether the book of the law was in the ark or not. Some say it was in the side of it, and others say within it. These tables were made of stone, a symbol of the hardness of man's heart, which is destitute of spiritual life and motion.
Hebrews 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. (KJV)
And over it the cherubim of glory . . . cherubim represent the ruling power by which God acts in the moral and natural world (Eze.1:6; 10:1). They are there distinguished from the angels, and associated with the elders (Rev.5:8-10). They were of one piece with the mercy seat, just as the Church is one with Christ. Of glory . . . the cherubim were bearers of God’s divine glory, where perhaps, they derive their name. The Shekinah, or cloud of glory (Ex.13:21-22; 14:24; Num.14:14; Neh.9:19), in which Almighty God appeared between the cherubim over the mercy seat, the lid of the ark, is doubtless the reference.
Shadowing the mercy seat . . . the mercy seat is the golden cover of the ark, on which was sprinkled the blood of the propitiatory sacrifice on the day of atonement; the meeting place of God and His people.
Of which we cannot now speak particularly . . . I think the writer means he does not have time to dwell on the tabernacle, because the things that he is putting emphasis on are the priesthood and worship of God. The writer is concerned about what real worship is, and how we are to worship.
Hebrews 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. (KJV)
Now when these things were thus ordained . . . prepared and gotten ready, or when the tabernacle was finished, and set up, and filled with its vessels and furniture.
The priests went always into the first tabernacle . . . the first part of the tabernacle, which was called the holy place (verse 2), where the common priests went continually every day, morning and evening; differed from the innermost part of the tabernacle, or the most holy place. Accomplishing the service of God . . . by offering sacrifices, burning incense, and trimming the lamps, which they did every day. The priests entered the holy place every day for service, to accomplish the worship of God. The ultimate goal of it all, then and now, that God's people might worship Him. This speaks of sincere, heart-felt worship, NOT just a church service where an established order of service is followed. When a true, heart-felt worship takes place, it places us in the Presence of Jesus, where we can adore, praise, reverence and thank Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is most worthy to receive our adoration and praise. We must give Him honor and glory for all that He has done for the sinners of the world (1 Tim.1:15; Heb.7:25; 1 Jn.3:5). Real, sincere worship will ALWAYS lead to serving Him. This kind of worship is possible only through Christ Jesus.
The RITUAL of the tabernacle NEVER brought the people into the Presence of God. Neither do the RITUALS of churches today bring the people into the Presence of God! NO sacrament, NO ceremony, NO rite, NO burning candles, NO burning incense, NO antiquated custom, NO rosary will NOT put you into the Presence of God! Just deep, heart-felt, sincere love can put you into God’s Presence!
Hebrews 9:7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: (KJV)
But into the second went the high priest alone, once every year . . . he speaks of the great Day of Atonement. This was the high day in the life of the nation Israel. This is the day that the great high priest went into the Holy of Holies on behalf of the nation. And on the basis of his having done this, the nation was accepted for another year.
. With us today, our Great High Priest has gone into the Holy of Holies, into the very Presence of God. He went in, and has not come out He is going to be there as long as we are in the world. When He does come out, the first thing He will do is come after His own. He will come in the clouds to take us home.
1 Thes. 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV) . . . Are you ready?
We need to make real to our heart the Presence of the Lord Jesus. We need to start out the day with Him. We need to worship Him. We need reverence Him, we need to pour out our hearts in adoration and praise to His Holy Name.
In today’s world, JESUS is our High Priest and He has gone into the Holy of Holies on our behalf. This is far superior to the past when the high priest went in just one day each year . . . and did not stay, but hurried out. Our High Priest has gone into the very Presence of God the Father for you and me, and He is there today. Moses asked to see God's Face (Ex.33:23), but was told that no man could see God . . . BUT . . . we have a High Priest who has gone into the very Presence of God. He is our Advocate (1 Jn.1:2), He is our Mediator (Gal.3:19; 1 Tim.2:5; Heb.8:6; 9:15; 12:24).
Not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people . . . the Levitical high priests went in with the blood of the bullock, which was offered for himself and for his house or family; thus keeping in his memory and the mind of the people the fact that the priests, even of the highest order, were sinners, and needed pardon like others (Lev.16:11). And for the errors of the people. The blood of the goat was offered for the people (Lev.16:15). The word errors properly means, ignorance, involuntary error; or error or fault in general. The object was to make expiation (atonement, amends) for all the error and sins of the people, and this occurred once in the year. The repetition of these sacrifices was a constant reminder of remembrance of sin; and the design was, that neither the priests nor the people should lose sight of the fact that they violated the law of God.
Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: (KJV)
The Holy Ghost this signifying . . . this shows that the Holy Ghost DID exist in the Old Testament; and that He is absolutely a distinct Person in the Godhead! This is a personal act being here credited to Him. The Holy Ghost is truly and correctly God, the God whose service the priests were able to accomplish in the tabernacle; and by whom Moses was cautioned to make all things in it according to the pattern, and by whom the high priest was warned not to come at all times within the vail. The Holy Ghost was the Author of that knowledge; and above all by commanding the high priest to enter within the vail but once a year, He gave a plain and strong warning,
That the way into the holiest of all was not yet manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing . . . the way into the holiest of all means Heaven . . . of which the most holy place in the tabernacle was no doubt designed to be a symbol. It was the place where the visible symbol of God (the Shekinah, the cloud, the pillar of fire) dwelt (Jn.4:24). It was where the blood of propitiation (appeasement, reconciliation) was sprinkled, and was therefore, a suitable symbol of the Holy Heaven where God dwells, and where pardon is obtained by the blood of the atonement (Ex.30:10; Lev.17:11; 1 Pet.1:18-19).
The way to Heaven was not opened, or fully understood in the Old Testament under the old covenant. It was not known HOW people could appear before the Presence of God (Heb.9:24), or how they could come with the hope of pardon and eternal life (Tit.1:2). That magnificent Way has now been opened by the ascension of the Redeemer to Heaven, and by the assurance that all who will CAN come in His Name. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . My dear friend, you can believe this or not, but the Bible clearly tells us that JESUS is the ONLY Way to Heaven! BEWARE!!! All you cultists who deny Jesus!
Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; (KJV)
Which was a figure for the time then present . . . the over-all tabernacle was a symbol of Christ's human nature (Heb.8:2), and the most holy part of it was a figure of Heaven itself (Heb.9:24). The whole service of the tabernacle was symbolic and shadowy; but it was just a temporary symbol; it was for that time only; the things of it were suited to that dispensation alone, and are now abolished, and should not be revived. The ordinances of the Gospel are much more preferable to them; and while it did continue, it was like a parable, like a dark saying; it had much vagueness and darkness in it. It was a "symbol of the present time"; meaning the Gospel dispensation. It was a shadow of good things to come, it anticipated what is now accomplished. When Christ came, all symbols, types and shadows fled away, and were of no more real use.
In which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect . . . the way to God in the tabernacle was actually blocked by the three entrances and compartments. In other words, the people could come ONLY to that outer entrance and bring their sacrifice. If someone brought a lamb, he would put his hand on it, to identify with it, since it would die in his place, and then the priest would take it from there. The animal would be slain and offered upon the brazen altar. The individual who brought the lamb could go NO farther than the entrance. Then, as far as the Holy Place was concerned, only the priest could go in there. And the Holy of Holies was yet further restricted, for neither the priest nor the people could go in. Only the high priest could enter in there, and only once a year. For that reason, the tabernacle was just a temporary arrangement. The tabernacle service of rituals and ordinances was given for just a selected time. When Jesus ascended into Heaven to sit at the right Hand of the Almighty Father, His priesthood started, and now, Christ Jesus can bring us directly into God’s Presence (Rom.5:1-2), but ONLY HE CAN BRING US THERE. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . IF you want to go to Heaven, where the Father is, you MUST go through JESUS! There is NO other way, no matter what you may think.
As pertaining to the conscience . . . every man, woman and child has a conscience! And when sin charges it, it is filled with a feeling of divine wrath. It cannot be pacified with anything short of what will answer the law and justice of God, and which is only done by the Blood and righteousness of Christ (1 Cor.1:30; Rom.4:24; 5:19,21; 2 Cor.5:21; Phil.3:9). This relates mainly to outward and ceremonial rites; and even when offerings were made for sin, the conscience was not relieved. They could not make amends for the guilt; they could not purify the soul; they could not impart peace to the soul by reconciling it to God. They could not fully accomplish what the conscience needed to have done in order to give it peace. Nothing will soothe the conscience but the precious Blood of the Redeemer.
Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. (KJV)
Which stood only in meats and drinks . . . the indication is, that the laws of the Jews, in connection with the services of religion, consisted much of laws pertaining to what was lawful to eat and drink (Lev.11:2-31). A large part of those laws stated the difference between clean and unclean beasts, and to such arrangements as were designed to keep them externally separate from other nations. The Jews were forbidden to eat certain meats, as unclean, and were allowed others, as clean. There were also certain drinks which were unlawful to certain persons, at certain times, as to the priests and Nazarites (Lev.10:9; Num.6:3), and which, could make no man perfect.
And divers washings . . . the doctrine of baptisms (Num.19:7-8; Heb.6:2), were the washings of the priests and of the Israelites, and of sacrifices, and of clothing, and of vessels and other things; and which, because they were performed by immersion, they are called baptisms, and now since these only sanctified to the purifying of the flesh, or what was outward, they could NOT reach the conscience, nor could they make perfect the soul.
Carnal ordinances . . . meaning that which pertained to the flesh, or to external ceremonies. The object was instead to keep them externally pure, rather than to cleanse the conscience and make them holy in heart. Carnal ordinances belonged to the flesh, NOT to the spirit or soul, and therefore could not affect that; besides, these were only
Imposed on them until the time of reformation . . . it does not mean that there was any oppression or injustice in regard to these ordinances, but that they were appointed for a temporary purpose. Until the time of reformation . . . reformation rightly means improvement, reform. It means to put something in a right condition; making it better; or raising up and restoring that which is fallen down. This no doubt refers to the Gospel, as being a better system, a better way of doing things. The idea here is, that those ordinances were only temporary in their nature, and were designed to endure until a more perfect system should be introduced. They were of value to introduce that better system; they were not adapted to purify the conscience and remove the stains of guilt from the soul. (Eph.2:15-18).
The Superior Sacrifice (Hebrews 9:11-28)
Hebrews 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; (KJV)
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come . . . I think this really means good things that have come to pass. Oh! What good things that have come through JESUS!
By a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building . . . this tabernacle is NOT something that man has built down here. BEWARE!!! All the things done today of trying to better the worship service with pictures and stained glass windows and candles and crosses . . . all of this ministers ONLY to the flesh! NONE of this ministers to man’s SPIRITUAL needs! You do NOT need all this worldly glamor to worship God! We need to recognize and understand that there is a real, TRUE tabernacle in Heaven. We need to KNOW, for a fact, that there is a real, TRUE High Priest up there, and we need to worship God with a deep heart-felt love and praise . . . THAT is to worship spiritually. You can worship Him anywhere, any time!
Hebrews 9:12 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. (KJV)
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place . . . the Israelite priests went in continually, with the blood of goats and calves. All they got was a temporary solution. Only Christ Jesus went in ONCE and that ONE time, and when he did,
Having obtained eternal redemption . . . the importance is upon the contrast that Christ entered ONCE into the Holy Place and obtained eternal redemption, whereas the priests went in daily, year after year and never did accomplish what Jesus did!
Here the redemption of man is attributed to the Blood of Christ; and this precious Blood is stated to be shed in a sacrificial way, precisely as the blood of bulls, goats and calves was shed under the law. Once for all . . . in direct opposition to the annual entering of the high priest into the holiest, with the blood of the annual victim. The holy place or sanctuary, means Heaven, into which Jesus entered into with His own Blood, as the high priest entered into the holy of holies with the blood of the victims which he had sacrificed. Eternal redemption is a redemption price which would stand good for ever, when once offered; and an endless redemption from sin, in reference to the pardon, which reconciles us to God (Rom.5:1-2). There is NO more need of other sacrifice! The Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus is eternal in its merit and effectiveness. (Eph.5:2).
I could be very wrong, but I have always thought that the literal Blood of Christ Jesus is in Heaven. I think that this verse proves that Christ took His literal Blood to Heaven when He ascended there. If that is not what the writer is talking about here, I simply do not know what he is saying. "Neither by the blood of goats and calves" . . . that, is actual blood. "But by his own blood," this has to be the actual Blood that Jesus shed on the cross. "He entered in." HOW? By His own Blood. Christ Jesus’ Sacrifice was a far superior, far better Sacrifice and the ONLY one worthy of the TRUE tabernacle in Heaven!
Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: (KJV)
For if the blood of bulls and of goats . . . this refers still to the great Day of Atonement, when the offering made was the sacrifice of a bullock and a goat.
And the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean . . . the writer refers to the red heifer (Num.19:1-22), which was burnt, and its ashes gathered up and put into a vessel, and water poured upon them, which was then sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop on unclean persons. It was a provision of convenience, and at the same time was designed to keep the idea in mind, that all purification was somehow connected with the shedding of blood.
Sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh . . . it could purify only the body, only in an external and symbolic way (Eze.36:25; Zec.13:1), but did NOT, could NOT actually purify or sanctify the heart, nor purify and cleanse the soul from sin.
Our defilement actually comes through our weakness. We are weak, and Christ came down and experienced physically, in the flesh, our weakness.
We are told also that a red heifer was used. I think, red speaks of the fact that Christ became sin for us. How do we know that red is the color of sin? Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (KJV)
The red heifer must also be without blemish. It certainly could not represent Christ unless it was perfect. He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.
The sacrifice of Christ provided redemption for the future . . . for your redemption and mine! It also provided redemption for the sins of those in the Old Testament. The Old Testament saints were saved by faith. Abraham was saved by faith. How? He simply believed God (Rom.4:3).
Hebrews 9:14 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? (KJV)
How much more shall the blood of Christ . . . the Blood of Jesus is NOT the blood of a mere man, but the precious Blood of the only begotten Son of God. The writer’s point here is that IF the ashes of the burnt heifer, which was a type of Christ in His sufferings, mixed with water, sanctified to the purifying of men externally, in a ceremonial way, then think just how much more value there must be in the Blood of Christ, to cleanse the inward soul.
Who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God . . . Christ Jesus is a Priest, the highest possible Priest! The Sacrifice He has offered up is "Himself", NOT His divine nature, but His human nature, body and soul, which is in union with His divine Person. This makes His Sacrifice rank far above all others that have ever been made! The Sacrifice of Jesus’ Body on the cross, was made through the eternal Spirit . . . not the human soul of Christ, but instead the divine nature of Christ, which is a Spirit, and may be so called in opposition to the flesh, or human nature. The effective value of Christ's Blood, and from where it is in Heaven,
To purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God . . . or from works of sin, as some versions read, which are performed by spiritually dead men, separated and alienated from the life of God, and are the cause of the eternal death of the soul. See different kinds of death:
TRUE believers willingly serve the Living God! To them, it is an honor and a great privilege to do so!
Hebrews 9:15 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. (KJV)
And for this cause he is the Mediator of the New Testament . . . see Heb.7:22; 8:6 & 8
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 . . . the emphasis is upon the fact that JESUS is the Mediator of the New Covenant. Those who came under the old covenant, the Old Testament saints, were saved because they were looking forward to His coming when they brought their sacrifices. It is hard to know just how much they really understood. The Lord Jesus said: John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. (KJV) . . . Genesis does not tell us this; the Lord Jesus does. I believe that all of the Old Testament patriarchs looked forward to the Coming of Christ.
It seems that God saved them on credit. The blood of bulls and goats NEVER took away their sins. They brought their sacrifices by FAITH, looking forward to when Christ would come. Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (KJV)
SO . . . Jesus died for the sins of ALL people, from Adam right down to the time of the cross, and from then to now. So, since His death, we also come to Him by faith. It has not changed, nor will it in the future! Faith in Jesus has always been the answer, and always will be!
Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. (KJV)
For where a testament is . . . testament could be translated will. If you have made a will and you are still alive, your will does nothing for anyone. It does not activate until you die. The reference here is to a will that was made by a man who died. He could not save anyone as long as He lived. The life of Jesus could never save you. It is the death of Christ which saves you.
There must also of necessity be the death of the testator . . . anyone who makes a testament (will), must die before the ones who inherit have any profit from the will. The testator, who is Jesus, has various parts in this will or testament: He is the Security and Mediator of it; He is the Executor of it. What is given in the testament is first given to Him, in order to be given to others who are joint heirs with Him (Rom.8:17). ALL things are put into Jesus’ Hands (Mat.11:27; Lk.10:22; Jn.13:3; 16:15; 17:7). He has power to give these things, to as many as the Father has given Him (Jn.10:27-29). Here He is called the "testator". Christ Jesus, as Almighty God, has an equal right (Jn.10:30) to dispose of the inheritance, in any way He sees fit, both of grace and glory. And as Mediator, NOTHING is given without His consent; and whatever is given, is given with a view to His "death", and comes through it, and by virtue of it. Because of this, it was necessary that He die.
The serious transactions between God and man, are sometimes called a covenant, here they are called a testament, which is a willing action of a person, which bestows inheritances on such persons as are described, and this testament, or will, only takes effect upon Jesus death. As a result, Christ died, not only to obtain the blessings of salvation for us, but to give power to the disposing of them. All of us by disobedience, which is sin, are guilty before God. There is nothing good in any of us without Jesus! But God, willingly showed the greatness of His love and mercy, proclaimed a covenant of grace (Rom.6:14-15). Nothing could be clean to a sinner, except his guilt be done away with, by the death of a Sacrifice. This Sacrifice must be of value sufficient for this cause, and unless we continually depend on it by faith, we have no cleanness!
Let us always credit all our good works to Jesus, and offer our spiritual sacrifices (Heb.13:15), as sprinkled with Christ's Blood, and so purified from their defilement.
Hebrews 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. (KJV)
For a testament is of force after men are dead . . . see verse 16. Is of force . . . is ratified, or confirmed, in the same way as a deed or contract is confirmed by affixing a seal.
Otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth . . . it is of no force while the maker of the testament is alive. No claim can be made by the heirs for the part they have in it. The testament or will of God was uncertain until the death of Christ, and subject to change and be altered, as men's wills are until they die. Nor could the inheritance be enjoyed by the Old Testament saints; for it is certain, it could not come to them before the death of Christ. There was a necessity of Jesus’ death, that the saints right to the inheritance could take effect.
Hebrews 9:18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. (KJV)
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood . . . it is an indisputable fact, that the first covenant was confirmed by the shedding of Blood. The known certainty which the writer had stated, that the death of the victim was necessary to confirm the covenant, was the reason why the first covenant was ratified with Blood. Was dedicated means to ratify, to confirm, to consecrate, to sanction. It literally means to renew.
Without blood . . . the old covenant was ratified by the blood of the animals that were slain in sacrifice. The blood was then sprinkled on the principal objects that were regarded as holy under that dispensation. The new covenant was under grace (Rom.6:14-15). It was confirmed without the blood of the animals . . . but WITH the Blood of Christ, by which the new covenant or testament, is established.
Hebrews 9:19 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, (KJV)
For when Moses had spoken every precept . . . every Law in the book of the covenant (Ex.22:1-23:33). This is to be understood of the written law, not the oral law the Jews. Also, see: (Ex.24:7-8). See end of chapter for comment on 613 Jewish Laws.
To all the people according to the law . . . this means the Laws which God gave Moses on the Mount. These laws instructed the people plainly about the whole counsel of God, to all to whom they are sent, according to the word of God, which is the rule of faith and practice. It is said that there are 613 Laws altogether. I don’t know about you, but I am SO glad we are NOT under the Law, but under grace! For IF we break the smallest law, we break them all. Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (KJV) . . . Do you see this? Cursed is every one that continueth not in ALL things. . . emphasis mine.
He took the blood of calves, and of goats . . . referring to the matter in (Ex.24:5), where it only mention is made of oxen, which were sacrificed for peace offerings.
And sprinkled both the book, and all the people . . . in (Ex.24:8), no mention is made of the sprinkling of the book, only on the people. Maybe the writer decides from the sprinkling of the blood upon the altar, the book might lie there, or from tradition, or possibly from divine revelation.
Some have thought that only the seventy elders (Num.11:16,24-25) were sprinkled, as representing the whole congregation; while others say that the twelve pillars (Ex.24:4) were only sprinkled, as representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
Hebrews 9:20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. (KJV)
Saying, this is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you . . . the first testament or covenant, proves what the writer had stated in verse 18, that it was dedicated with blood, or confirmed by it. The change is here made to harmonize with Christ's induction of the new testament, or new covenant, as recorded in Luke 22:20 . . . . This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Compare this with Matthew 26:28. http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch26.htm
Hebrews 9:21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. (KJV)
Moreover, he sprinkled likewise both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry . . . this situation is not stated by Moses. Moses not only sprinkled the book of the covenant with blood, but the tabernacle itself, annually, on the day of atonement, as is stated in (Lev.16:14,16-17). For as the altar and persons were to be atoned for, so too the tabernacle itself (Heb.9:18,20). First they were sprinkled, and then anointed (Lev.8:10-11), as the Gospel tabernacle was in the truth of it (1 Cor.6:1). All the clothing and vessels of that old covenant priesthood were to be anointed: the altar, the laver, (Ex.40:10-11), the censers, dishes, bowls, etc., which were used in the tabernacle.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (KJV)
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood, . . . not all? But almost all. Some were ceremonially purged with water and fire (Num.31:23), and some with the ashes of a red heifer (Num.19:2-10) . . . but ALL were first sanctified by blood. This means ceremonially purged (Heb.9:13), NOT purged from sin (Heb.9:14).
The writer tells us that there can be NO redemption except through the Blood of Christ; and to predict that the Law could NOT grant any remission of sin (Rom.8:3), without the blood of a victim.
And without shedding of blood is no remission . . . without the death of a living creature as a sacrifice, and the blood of it not only shed, but sprinkled, there could be no legal pardon of sin or guilt of sin, no purging of ceremonial filth. God meant that without the Blood of Christ Jesus His only begotten Son, and the Testator of His testament, shed as a Perfect, sinless Sacrifice, to purchase and secure both remission of sin and the Gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn.14:16,26-27; Rom.8:9; 1 Jn.4:4), there could be NO pardon of the guilt of sin, and NO removal of the penalty
of sin, NO purging the filth, and NO renewing the nature of the sinner (Tit.3:5; 1 Jn.2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1,18). Only the precious Blood of JESUS is the tremendous price purchasing both for them.
My friend . . . there is indeed a penalty for sin and that penalty is eternal death in Hell.
The word "atonement" is used 81 times in the Old Testament and only once in the New Testament (Rom.5:11). The word "blood" is used 346 times in the Old Testament and 101 times in the New Testament.
Hebrews 9:23 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. (KJV)
It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with
these . . . the tabernacle and all its utensils, services, etc., must be purified . . . are by the law purged with blood (previous verse). The blood of calves and goats, and the sprinkling of the blood and water with the bunch of hyssop bound about with scarlet wool (Heb.9:19). These are called patterns, earthly things which represent heavenly things. There is no doubt at all, that every single thing in the tabernacle: its parts, divisions, utensils, servants, etc.; as appointed by God, were patterns of heavenly things! We do not know how far and in what way these things were done. Purification means not only cleansing from defilement, but also loving devotion or consecration. All the utensils used in the tabernacle service were purified, even though they were not capable of any moral pollution.
But the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these . . . I think that this could be: #1. Heaven itself, which, by receiving the sacrificed Body of Christ, which appears in the Presence of God for us, may be said to be purified, set apart (sanctified) to receive the souls of those who have found redemption in His Blood. #2. The Body of Christ which is the tabernacle in which His Divinity dwelt (1 Cor.3:16; 6:19), and that this might be said to be purified by His own sacrifice (Jn.17:19), as He is said to sanctify Himself; to dedicate Himself to God as a sin-offering for the redemption of man. #3. Some think the Church is meant, which Jesus is to present to the Father without spot or wrinkle (Eph.5:27; 1 Pet.1:19).
Hebrews 9:24 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: (KJV)
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands . . . the most holy place in the tabernacle of Moses, or in the Temple built by Solomon, and rebuilt by Zerubbabel, and repaired by Herod.
Which are the figures of the true . . . the most holy place in the tabernacle and Temple, was a symbol, or a type, of the TRUE tabernacle in Heaven. Josephus says the most holy place, was inaccessible to the priests, that it might be as Heaven to God.
But into heaven itself . . . NOT the visible heavens, the airy and starry ones, through which he passed, but the third heaven (2 Cor.12:2), the residence, the home of God, the angels and the glorified saints (2 Cor.5:6,8). This shows that Heaven is a PLACE, and that Christ Jesus as Man, was not there when He was on Earth; and at His ascension, He re-entered into it, having done the work that He came to do, and that He was affectionately accepted with the loving, open Arms of God His Father!
Now to appear in the presence of God for us . . . Christ, as God, was always in His Presence (Jn.1:1-2), from everlasting. As the Jewish high priest appeared before the Shekinah (Theophany), the symbol of the Divine Presence in the tabernacle ((Ex.13:21-22; 14:24), so Christ appears before God Himself in our behalf in Heaven. Our High Priest has gone there to plead for our salvation; to present the merits of His Blood as a permanent reason why we should be saved (Rom.8:34; Heb.7:25). Thank You Jesus!
Hebrews 9:25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; (KJV)
Nor yet that he should offer himself often . . . or even one more time again; which shows the perfection of His Sacrifice. Jesus’ once for all Sacrifice was completely satisfied, the law totally fulfilled, sin done away with, and COMPLETE SALVATION obtained at once . . . only ONCE! There are those who are in great error, who say that He offers Himself now in Heaven; and too, the Catholics, who supposedly offer the Body and Blood of Christ daily in their mass. What utter blasphemy! Jesus died ONCE, only ONCE! Once for all (Heb.9:12,26; 10:5,10,12,14).
As the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others . . . the high priest entered the earthly tabernacle with blood, NOT his own blood, but with the blood of goats and calves; and he entered often. With Jesus it is different, He entered into Heaven with His own Blood, ONCE . . . He having been the Altar, the Priest and the Sacrifice. The high priest went into the most holy place every year, but Christ has entered into Heaven ONCE FOR ALL (Heb.10:10), where He sat down, having performed His work perfectly successful.
Hebrews 9:26 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. (KJV)
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world . . . IF Jesus’ Blood had no more value than that which the Jewish high priest offered, and which was so often repeated, it would have been necessary that Christ should have died again and again, BUT His Blood had tremendous POWER and VALUE!
But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself . . . see verse 24. The end of the world means the end of the age. In the last dispensation of the age, the affairs of the world will be wound up. (Isa.2:2; Acts 2:17; 1 Cor.10:11, Heb.1:2).
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die . . . the death spoken of here is a physical death, which comes from the sin of man, and God's decree because of it (Gen.2:17). This is not speaking of a spiritual death or an eternal death. See our article on death: http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
Physical death is NOT appointed to all men, for which I thank God. Neither Enoch (Gen.5:24; Heb.11:5), or Elijah died a physical death (2 Ki.2:11). These two men were taken to Heaven without physical death, they both were raptured, as many saints will be some soon day when Jesus comes in the clouds for us. Many in that day shall not die either. 1 Thes. 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (KJV) Rapture: (Jn.14:2-3; 1 Thes.4:13-18; 1 Cor.15:51-52).
But after this the judgment . . . JUDGMENT is NOT popular today! Preachers who speak of it are NOT liked! BUT . . . dear friend, the Bible does teach God’s wrath! The Bible does teach there is a Judgment Day coming! (Mat.10:15; 11:24; 12:36; 25:31,46; Rom.2:5; 2 Pet.2:9; 3:7, 1 Jn.4 17; Jude 1:6; Rev.20:15). That JUDGMENT is coming is a FACT! Do you look forward to Christ's Return? (2 Pet.3:12-14). OR do you fear it with dread? (Heb.10:27). Dear one, just as sure as death itself shall come to you one day, JUDGMENT DAY shall also come! BEWARE!! There is NO higher court of appeal, should the verdict not be to your liking at God's judgment. There will be NO bribing this Judge! If you want a favorable verdict on Judgment Day, you must place your faith, hope and prayers entirely on Jesus.
1 Cor. 3:10-15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV)
Death is in the natural sequence of events for all people. For the TRUE child of God, it is something to look forward to! 2 Cor. 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (KJV)
2 Cor. 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (KJV)
BUT . . . for the unsaved person, after death there is nothing but judgment. Luke 16:23-26 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. (KJV) . . . This man was not even in the permanent Hell yet, and he was in agony! He was just in the holding place, waiting for Judgment Day. http://www.hisservants.org/hell_hades.htm
If you have not trusted, by faith, the death of Christ to save you, there is nothing ahead of you but JUDGMENT. Please dear one, consider this FACT!
Hebrews 9:28 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. (KJV)
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many . . . just as man dies only once, Christ was offered just ONCE! He suffered, bled and died just ONCE! His death was NOT on His own account, NOT for His own sins, for He had NO sins ever! Christ Jesus, sinless: (Isa.53:9; Mat.27:4,19,23-24; Jn.8:46; Lk.23:41,47; 2 Cor.5:21;Heb.4:15; 7:26-27; 1 Pet.2:22; 1 Jn.2:1; 3:5). The death of Jesus was to bear the sins of many, of sinful men, NOT just a few, but many! This is said to magnify the amazing grace of God, to exalt the satisfaction and righteousness of Christ Jesus, and to encourage souls to hope in Him by faith.
And unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation . . . do you look for Him with affection, faith and patience (2 Cor.4:18; Phil.3:20; Tit.2:13; Jude 1:21)? This is not speaking of the Rapture, but of His Coming as sovereign to judge the Earth (Rev.19:11-19; Zec.14:1-5). Dear one, TRUE believers will NOT come into this judgment (Rev.20:11-15). When He appears the Second time it will NOT be to settle the sin question. He has already done that! He will be coming in judgment. Jesus will be the Judge on that Great white throne! (Ps.2:9; 110:5-6; Isa.30:14; 60:12; Jer.19:11; Dan.2:44).
Please consider this very carefully. There is just ONE of two places for your sin today! Your sin is either on you, or it is on Christ. IF you have not believed God (1 Jn.5:10-13), and accepted the Sacrifice of Christ (Jn.3:15-18,36), IF you are not trusting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, IF He means nothing to you (Jn.8:24; Heb.2:3; 10:26-29), then NOTHING awaits you except the judgment of the Great White Throne (Rev.20:11-15). No one who appears there is going to Heaven (Rev.20:15), for they have NOT accepted the FREE salvation that Jesus provided at the cross (Eph.2:8-9; Rom.6:23). Salvation is a GIFT! Reach out and grab it for yourself. Open your heart’s door to Jesus (Rev.3:20). But, of this one thing, you can be sure, everyone will be given a fair chance to present their works and learn that God was right all the time! You shall be judged according to your works.
Dear one, God is always right. God CANNOT lie! I KNOW this is true! That is why I named this web site “godcannotlie”!
When Christ comes the next time it will be "without sin unto salvation" . . . meaning that He will complete salvation at that time. I think that our salvation is in three tenses: I have been saved; I am being saved; I shall be saved. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (KJV)
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to a day when I will NEVER sin again. I cannot even begin to imagine such a wonderful thing! There isn’t a day that goes by when I do not sin. I displease God in some way on an hourly basis! I am SO glad that God is not through with me yet. I am going to one day, be like Him, in that I will not sin anymore! Thank You Jesus!
Fifteen Fabulous Blessings
ONLY From the Precious Blood of Jesus
#1. Atonement for the soul (Lev.17:11; Rom.3:24; 5:11; Col.1:20)
#2. Remission of sins (Mat.26:28; Rom.3:24-25; Heb.9:22; Eph.1:7)
#3. Life and peace (Rom. Ch.5; Col.1:20)
#4. Redemption (Rom3:24-25; Eph.1:7; Heb.9:12-15; 1 Pet.1:18-19; Rev.5:9)
#5. Justification (Rom.5:1,9; Gal.3:6:14; Acts 13:38-39)
#6. Made nigh (Eph.2:13; Heb.10:19)
#7. Conscience purged (Heb.1:3; 9:9,14; 10:2,22)
#8. Cleansing from sin (Jn.1:29; 1 Jn.1:7; Rev.1:5; 7:14)
#9. Sanctification (Heb.10:10-14; 13:20)
#10. New covenant (Mat.26:28; Mk. 14:24; Lk.19-20; 1 Cor.11:25; Heb.10:29; 12:24; 13:20)
#11. Born again spiritually, into God’s family (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8; 1 Pet.1:18-23)
#12. Overcoming power (1 Jn.5:4-5; Rev.2:7,17,26; 3:5,12,21; 21:7)
#13. Christian membership (Acts 20:28)
#14. Salvation (Ps.51; 2 Cor.6:2; Tit.2:11; 1 Pet.1:5,9)
#15. An Inheritance in Heaven (Jn.14.2-3; 1 Pet.1:3-5; 1 Cor.15:52-54; Heb.9:15)
THE 613 LAWS of the OLD TESTAMENT
Called the Mitzvot
613 laws down to 6 laws in Isa. 33:15 . . . Isaiah 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (KJV)
613 laws down to 3 laws in Mic.6:8 . . . Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV)
613 laws down to 2 laws in Isa 56:1 . . . Isaiah 56:1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. (KJV)
613 laws down to 1 law in Hab.2:4 . . . Hab. 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. (KJV)
Book of Hebrews
ch.1 . . ch.2 . . ch.3 . . ch.4 . . ch.5 . . ch.6 . . ch.7 . . ch.8 . . ch.9 . . ch.10 . . ch. 11 . . ch.12 . . ch.13. . Special Comments