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Made perfect Forever!

Scripture reading for November 10th: Hebrews 10:1-18

We are painfully aware of our lack of perfection!  Something or someone is always there to remind us of our faults and sins.  We have an inner voice of conscience as basic equipment from God.  We have our friends and enemies who blurt out the truth.  We have consequences of our evil deeds that keep on coming as we reap what we’ve sowed.  And in the spiritual realm we have Satan, the accuser, bringing up our faults.

Under the old covenant of law and sacrifice, the sacrifices were just reminders of sins.  It was impossible for the blood of animals to remove sin.  (Hebrews 10:3-4)  The writer to Hebrews quotes Psalm 40:6-8 to explain God’s heart in bringing Jesus Christ to establish the new covenant.  Sacrifice and offering was not what God really wanted, they were only shadows pointing to the reality of the final sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Jesus came to do what God wanted, a man who was fully committed to do His will!  “Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.”  He set aside the first to establish the second.  And by that will we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:9-10)

Those who come to Jesus Christ and believe in Him for cleansing from sin find a new relationship with God.  They now know the Lord personally and understand His will.  God actually writes his laws on their hearts and minds, enabling an inner understanding better than the conscience.  (Hebrews 8:10-12; 10:16)  Jesus’ blood cleanses their consciences of sin enabling them (and us) to live without fear of death or judgment.  (Hebrews 9:14, 27; 2:14-15)

God actually purged the record of our sins in heaven as well.  He choose to remember our sins no more!  (Hebrews 10:17)  When God no longer remembers our sins, a sacrifice is no longer needed!  Therefore, we can rest completely in what the blood of Christ has done for us!  We are now made perfect forever by one sacrifice made by our Lord Jesus!   We rest knowing our sins have been forgiven and forgotten by God.  We rest in the inheritance of eternal life.  We rest knowing we can stand at the judgment as one without condemnation or fear of punishment for sins!  What a marvelous Lord and complete salvation we enjoy!

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The shadow of Reality!

Scripture reading for November 8th: Hebrews 9:1-10

The first covenant had an earthly tabernacle designed according to the pattern that Moses had received from God on the mountain.  This tabernacle had two rooms.  The outer room had a lamp stand, a table with twelve loaves of bread.  This room was called the Holy Place and the priests would go in there regularly to keep the lamps burning, change the loaves of bread.  The second room, the Most Holy Place, was behind the curtain and it contained the Ark of the Covenant made of pure gold overlay and guarded by two golden cherubim with wings outstretched.  The ark contained the tablets of stone with the ten commandments on them, a jar of manna from the Israelites wilderness journey, and Aaron’s rod that budded and produced fruit.  In front of this Ark was a small golden altar of incense.  (Hebrews 9:1-5)

The writer of Hebrews did not want to discuss the articles he had just listed.  As we think about the Ark and its contents, we are reminded of Jesus Christ.  The lid of the Ark was called the ‘mercy seat’ where the glory of God dwelt.  This ark was made of common Acacia wood, overlain with gold.  Jesus had the appearance of a normal human, but was really the royal Son of God who was King of Kings.  He was the One who came to fulfill the law written on the tablets of stone, perfectly obeying the Father.  He was going to give His own body as the true ‘bread from heaven’ as an offering for sin.  His body would be dead and in a grave but God the Father would resurrect Him as His chosen authority to be ruler and High Priest forever!  Jesus would offer His sinless blood on the real Mercy Seat in heaven once, for all!

The priests of Israel could enter the first room to minister daily, but only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place once a year on the Day of Atonement.  He must bring sacrifices for his sins and for those committed in ignorance by the people.  As Jesus breathed His last breath, the curtain blocking the Most Holy Place to ripped apart!  Now reality is ours in the new covenant!  We have access to the Most Holy Place through the torn body and blood of Jesus !

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