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Week 49 Day 2
When these Jewish Christians first heard the gospel message
they had believed
and accepted it gladly
but then the enthusiasm started to fade
some began to doubt
the validity of the gospel
and the wisdom of being christian converts
Jewish believers were subject
to the same difficulties
that Gentile christians were
So the writer of Hebrews has the difficult task
of trying to re-vitalize their faith
bring them back to their original level of receptivity
and re-claim any that were lost.
THE BLOOD OF REDEMPTION
Contrasts the old (temporary) and the new (eternal) covenants.
Hebrews 4, 5, 8 & 9
14Seeing that we have a great High Priest, Jesus the Son of
God, let us hold fast our confession. 15He can sympathize with
our weaknesses because He was in all points tempted as we are,
yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne
of grace, to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1Every high priest is appointed for things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins, for the people and also for himself. 4No man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5So Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest.
8Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by suffering.
9Being perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation,
10called by God as High Priest.
1Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We
have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the
throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2a minister of the sanctuary
and the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
3Every high priest offers both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore
it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. 6But
now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, and He is also
Mediator of a better covenant, established on better promises.
7 If that first covenant had been faultless, than no place
would have been sought for a second. 8Because finding fault
with them, He says, "The days are coming when I will make a
new covenant with the house of Israel and with Judah. 10 I will
put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and
I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11They shall
all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
12 I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins
I will remember no more." 13When He says, "A new covenant,"
He has made the first obsolete.
Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to
vanish away. 11Christ came as High Priest of the good things
to come. 12Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His
own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having
obtained eternal redemption. 13 If the blood of bulls and goats
and the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God? This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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