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From the days when Adam and Eve were driven from the garden, people have been in need of a mediator who could bring them back to God.

Jesus Christ is the one Mediator between God and Man.

This week we are continuing our series on Sunday nights titled “Jesus Christ as Our High Priest.”

The book of Hebrews isn’t the most popular book in the New Testament.

In many respects it is neglected.

The Jewish, or Old Testament, back ground that permeates every chapter has probably contributed to its neglect by many pastors.

The book of Hebrews portrays an exalted concept of Jesus Christ.

This week we are talking about,

Christ, The Living God.

Text

Hebrews 10:22 (AMP)

22 let us approach [God] with a true and sincere heart in unqualified assurance of faith, having had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Scripture Reading.

Hebrews 10:1-39 (ESV)

Introduction 

People with spiritual perception are aware of two major activities of God, He expresses His love in many ways, yet He also expresses His displeasure and wrath to those who reject Him.

The author of Hebrews was aware of God’s wrathful activity.

He wrote in Hebrews 10:31 (AMP)

31 It is a fearful and terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God [incurring His judgment and wrath].

The Scripture passage under consideration reveals several things that the living God does for and to humankind.

  1. It cancels out the old. Hebrews 10:1-8.

As noted in earlier passages of Hebrews, Christ cancelled out the old covenant and ushered in the new covenant.

  1. A shadow only. 

Hebrews 10:1 (AMP)

One Sacrifice of Christ Is Sufficient

10 For since the Law has only a shadow [just a pale representation] of the good things to come—not the very image of those things—it can never, by offering the same sacrifices continually year after year, make perfect those who approach [its altars].

The old covenant was only a shadow of the good things yet to come.

Something that might represent but never replace the real thing.

B. Needed repeating.

Hebrews 10:2-3 (AMP)

2 For if it were otherwise, would not these sacrifices have stopped being offered? For the worshipers, having once [for all time] been cleansed, would no longer have a consciousness of sin. 

3 But [as it is] these [continual] sacrifices bring a fresh reminder of sins [to be atoned for] year after year,

The sacrificial system under the old covenant did not satisfy once and for all.

Sacrifices needed to be offered repeatedly. 

C. Faulty offering.

Hebrews 10:4-6 (AMP)

4 for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 

5 Therefore, when Christ enters into the world, He says,

“Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, But [instead] You have prepared a body for Me [to offer];

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no delight.

The very fact that people had to offer sacrifices for sin hurt God.

He first desires obedience from people, not sacrifice.

D. Built on law

Hebrews 10:7-8 (AMP)

7  “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come To do Your will, O God— [To fulfill] what is written of Me in the scroll of the book.’” 

8 After saying [in the citation] above, “You have neither desired, nor have You taken delight in sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin” (which are offered according to the Law)

The old covenant was built on the foundation of law.

God established the new covenant on the law of grace and love.

Jesus cancelled out the old covenant by fulfilling it in the establishment of the new covenant.

2. Conquers by the new. Hebrews 10:9-17.

The way Christ conquered the old covenant was to bring in the new covenant.

  1. Doer of God’s will.

Hebrews 10:9 (AMP)

9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” [And so] He does away with the first [covenant as a means of atoning for sin based on animal sacrifices] so that He may inaugurate and establish the second [covenant by means of obedience].

Jesus sought to follow God’s will His entire life. 

This involved making a new covenant.

B. God’s will sanctifies.

Hebrews 10:10 (AMP)

10 And in accordance with this will [of God] we [who believe in the message of salvation] have been sanctified [that is, set apart as holy for God and His purposes] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) once for all.

The major objective of God’s will was to provide salvation for everyone who would accept it.

We are set apart for God as a result of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice.

C. One sacrifice satisfies.

Hebrews 10:11-12 (AMP)

11 Every priest stands [at his altar of service] ministering daily, offering the same sacrifices over and over, which are never able to strip away sins [that envelop and cover us]; 

12 whereas Christ, having offered the one sacrifice [the all-sufficient sacrifice of Himself] for sins for all time, sat down [signifying the completion of atonement for sin] at the right hand of God [the position of honor],

The fact that the single sacrifice of Christ was sufficient is so important that it is repeated over and over.

D. Enemies conquered.

Hebrews 10:13 (AMP)

13 waiting from that time onward until his enemies are made a footstool for His feet.

Though a minister of concern and love, Jesus actions brought His enemies into subjection.

E. Sins banished.

Hebrews 10:14-17 (AMP)

14 For by the one offering He has perfected forever and completely cleansed those who are being sanctified [bringing each believer to spiritual completion and maturity]. 

15 And the Holy Spirit also adds His testimony to us [in confirmation of this]; for after having said,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will inscribe them [producing an inward change],” He then says,

17 “And their sins and their lawless acts I will remember no more [no longer holding their sins against them].”

When Christ establishes the new covenant within believers’ hearts, He no longer remembers their sin.

3. Charges up the believers. Hebrews 10:18-25.

Any courage not received from God is a faulty courage.

The living God encourages Christians in their daily walk.

  1. Boldness to enter.

Hebrews 10:18-21 (AMP)

18 Now where there is [absolute] forgiveness and complete cancellation of the penalty of these things, there is no longer any offering [to be made to atone] for sin.

A New and Living Way

19 Therefore, believers, since we have confidence and full freedom to enter the Holy Place [the place where God dwells] by [means of] the blood of Jesus, 

20 by this new and living way which He initiated and opened for us through the veil [as in the Holy of Holies], that is, through His flesh, 

21 and since we have a great and wonderful Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,

When sin is conquered, all guilt and shame are stripped from the soul.

In its place comes a boldness to enter the intimate presence of God.

B. Draw near in assurance.

Hebrews 10:22 (AMP)

22 let us approach [God] with a true and sincere heart in unqualified assurance of faith, having had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Godly courage instills assurance in His children’s hearts.

C. Hold fast in profession.

Hebrews 10:23 (AMP)

23 Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];

Steadfastness is developed in believers’ lives.

Through faith they remain true to God’s calling.

D. Exhorting one another.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (AMP)

24 and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, 

25 not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching. 

When people set things right between themselves and God, they are then more able and willing to share with others.

4. Challenges the sinners. Hebrews 10:26-31.

Hebrews 10:26-31 (AMP)

Christ or Judgment

26 For if we go on willfully and deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice [to atone] for our sins [that is, no further offering to anticipate], 

27 but a kind of awful and terrifying expectation of [divine] judgment and the fury of a fire and burning wrath which will consume the adversaries [those who put themselves in opposition to God]. 

28 Anyone who has ignored and set aside the Law of Moses is put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 

29 How much greater punishment do you think he will deserve who has rejected and trampled under foot the Son of God, and has considered unclean and common the blood of the covenant that [a]sanctified him, and has insulted the Spirit of grace [who imparts the unmerited favor and blessing of God]? 

30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the deliverance of justice rest with Me], I will repay [the wrongdoer].” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 

31 It is a fearful and terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God [incurring His judgment and wrath].

Sinners will never be able to elude God’s condemnation and wrath.

They will be “dressed down” by the almighty God.

  1. Deliberate sin (10:26)

Sinning on purpose will draw God’s anger.

B. No more sacrifice. (10:26)

If someone rejects the sacrifice of Christ, God has no other system to offer for that person’s sins.

C. God’s alternative (10:27-30)

God warns rebellious people about His jealous anger.

His divine vengeance threatens those who desecrate “the blood of the covenant.”

D. Message of sobriety (10:31)

The living God is to be feared by unbelievers.

5. Compliments the attainers. Hebrews 10:32-37.

Jesus does not forget His beloved followers.

He comforts those who obey Him in faith.

  1. Past illumination (10:32)

Listen to the Master artisan as He tenderly points out deeds of the past apprentice.

B. Past endurance (10:32-33)

He is gracious to remind those under trial of their former glories and victories.

C. Past compassion (10:34)

The living God made note of the compassion His followers had previously shown to others.

D. Present needs (10:35-36)

God’s will involves immediate solutions to present needs.

E. Future expectations. (10:38-39)

God’s greatest act will be seen in Christ’s physical return to redeem His people.

Conclusion.

The challenge for Martin Luther was “the just shall live by faith.”

This spiritual formula is still reaching people for Jesus Christ.

Until next time

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