Hebrews Chapter 10
:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no
more offering for sin.”
The Holy Ghost in putting into the heart of the prophet, Jeremiah, to pen the above words, has testified to us that there was coming a time when worship would no longer be under the law covenant that God made with the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai, but would be predicated on the work of the Spirit in writing God’s laws in our hearts and minds in the new birth and in the perfect
sacrificial atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ for the redemption of the sins of the elect. Once the sacrifice was made then our sins and iniquities were remitted and God no longer holds them against us in judgment any more. Therefore, there is no more a need for the animal sacrifices for sin even as a ceremonial ordinance enjoined upon the children of Israel until the time that Christ made that perfect sacrifice.
:19 “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Paul used analogies between the Old Testament types and the true principles of God. He used an analogy between the veil of the temple or tabernacle and the flesh of Jesus Christ. Showing us that the way into the holiest of all was through the atoning work of Jesus Christ through his fleshly atonement. Moreover, the high priest of the Old Testament was a figure of Christ as a High
Priest over the house of God. The sprinkling of blood of the Old Testament was a figure of the sprinkling of Christ’s blood on our hearts purging us from an evil conscience to give us a good clean conscience. The washing of the Old Testament types shows us that we have the washing of regeneration and the washing or cleansing of our sins in our bodies by the blood of Jesus.
In the Old Testament entry into the holiest was made by the high priest alone once a year when the annual sacrifices for sin was made. Now we have boldness to presently enter into heaven in fellowship and communion with God and hope of entering into heaven’s glory world in our changed bodies at the last day through the atoning bodily sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Based on the above wonderful truths we are told that we have the privilege and admonished to take advantage of that privilege to do the following things:
1. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…” We now have the privilege as blood bought children of God to draw near to the heavenly mercy seat, to commune with God and to witness the glories of the beauties of Christ, the covenant making covenant keeping God.
2. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” With these precious foundational and certain truths and promises we are encouraged and should hold fast (not let them slip) the profession of our faith. We know that God is faithful to his covenant promises and that heaven will be our home one
3. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” Our motivation to love and to do good works is not based on fear of the consequences if we don’t do them, but it is predicated on the love, mercy, and grace of God manifested to us through the covenant work of Jesus Christ and through his atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Manifesting love and good works towards God and towards our neighbors is to glorify God for what he has done for us.
4. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;” It seems we live in a day and age in which many people will take the slightest excuse to forsake the public assembly of the Lord’s church as they gather to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. This ought not to be. As a part of the family of God we have the
blessed privilege to worship God in Spirit and in truth. We forsake our own blessings and the sweet privilege of obeying God when we forsake the assembly of the Lord’s saints in public worship.
5. “But exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Rather than putting stumbling blocks in our brethren and sisters way, we should have the sweet love for them so as to exhort one another unto love and good works and to the public assembly of God’s people.