The writer of this Scripture has given us a depiction of Jesus Christ as the high priest, which is superior to the priesthood from the Old Testament. He also presents us with a portrayal of the sacrifice of Christ as far greater to the multitude of sacrifices offered by the old priesthood. Under the old law, sacrifices were recurrent (continual), transitory (short-term), and their efficacy (success rate) was inadequate. The primary characteristics of Christ' sacrifice are its complete permanence and its universal sufficiency.
The sacrifices that the priests offered could not make the people perfect. But when Jesus became the sacrifice, and His death upon the Cross the payment, His free-will offering was of measureless worth.
In verses 3-4:
At the point when individuals gathered for penance on the Day of Atonement, they were reminded of their transgressions and felt regretful once more. These penances reminded the Israelites that the conciliatory framework was not finished. What they required was pardoning. The perpetual, amazing, sin-annihilating absolution we have from Christ. When we have admitted a transgression to Jesus, we need never consider it again. It has been forgiven, forgotten, and forever never to be remembered. When Christ cried out 'it is finished, then it was finished and completed.
Animal sacrifices couldn't remove sin; they gave just a brief method to manage sin until Jesus came to manage it forever. Old Testament believers were following God's order and He charitably excused them when, by confidence, they made their sacrifices. However, the practice anticipated Christ's future perfect sacrifice. Christ's way was better than the Old Testament way on the grounds that the old way just highlighted what Jesus would do. The blood of animal sacrifices only covered the transgressions until the Lamb of God came to remove the sin of the world.
In verses 5-10:
This citation isn't referred to in any other New Testament book. In any case, it is a basic educating in the Old Testament that God wants obedience and a correct heart, not unfilled consistence to the sacrificial framework. The author of Hebrews applied to Christ the expressions of the psalmist in Psalm 40:6-8. Christ came to offer his body upon the cross for us a penance totally satisfactory to God. God's new and living path for us to satisfy Him isn't by keeping laws or in any event, refraining from transgression. It is by coming to Him in confidence to be forgiven, at that point following Him in adoring compliance (loving obedience).
The expensive sacrifice of animals put forth for the sinner the reality of his transgression before God. Since Jesus shed His blood for us, His sacrifice is limitlessly greater than any Old Testament offering. Considering this boundless blessing He gave us, we ought to react by giving Him our service and devotion.
Removing the first system for a much better one implied getting rid of the arrangement of sacrifices contained in the ceremonial law. It didn't mean dispensing with God's ethical law, the Ten Commandments. The ceremonial law prepared individuals for Christ's coming. With Jesus' death and resurrection, the ceremonial law was never again required. Through Christ we can satisfy the ethical law as we let Him live in us.
In verses 11-12:
The Jewish priest's work contrasted the work Christ did. The priest's work was never completed so they continually needed to stand and make sacrifices. The offerings could just cover the transgression; however, they would never remove the sin. The offerings were only an update that the people were sinners and that the sin being referred to had not been settled at this point. Christ dying in our place is finished so Jesus is seated. Adding anything or removing anything from Christ's sacrifice would deny its validity. Any framework to gain salvation through good works dismisses the importance of Jesus' passing and the Holy Spirit's work.
The basis of what Christ had accomplished for all mankind, is the grace and sovereign will of God. The righteousness, and the one-time sacrifice offered by Christ, are of everlasting power, and his salvation will never be done away. Beware of any individual who tells you that Christ dying on the cross left you incomplete and that you have to accomplish something else to be worthy by God.
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