(28 verses, 3:05 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Verse 19 serves as a fine summary of this dense chapter: “…how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
- The ways of the First Covenant (1-10)
- By His own blood, Christ secures our eternal redemption (11-14)
- The inheritance of the Old and New Testaments (15-28)
- Compare the progression into the Tabernacle with how your church is set up. Are there similar divisions? Is there a culminating place of holiness?
- Compare the mercy seat, the “place of atonement”, in verse 5 to its use in the Day of Atonement in Lev. 16. Where is Christ in this?
- Consider the repeated refrain of the book of Leviticus, which is intimately connected to Hebrews, “The life is in the blood” to the insistence in v. 22 that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
- How is Christ both sacrifice and high priest?
- How and why does Christ’s once for all sacrifice benefit us to this day?
- Note the similarity of v.20 to the Words of Institution spoke at Holy Communion.
- In this chapter, the Christian has laid out for him all of the great and mighty works Christ does for him. In Christ, we see that God has held nothing back, but has given His all for us unworthy sinners, so that He might perfectly fulfill His promise to be our God and we His people:
“I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, in order that I may be [wholly] His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.” (Small Catechism II)
- We are also reminded of one of the chief hymns of the Reformation, “Salvation Unto Us Has Come”:
1. Salvation unto us has come
By God’s free grace and favor;
Good works cannot avert our doom,
They help and save us never.
Faith looks to Jesus Christ alone,
Who did for all the world atone;
He is our one Redeemer.
6. Since Christ hath full atonement made
And brought to us salvation,
Each Christian therefore may be glad
And build on this foundation.
Thy grace alone, dear Lord, I plead,
Thy death is now my life indeed,
For Thou hast paid my ransom.
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-Pastor Weslie Odom