Tag: shadows of reality
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!