Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
10 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
The Full Assurance of Faith
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For,
“Yet a little while,
and the coming one will come and will not delay;
but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Hebrews 10 Commentary
by Hank Workman
Persevere in the life Christ has called you. Do not give up hope. Do not get lost in your struggle with sin. Do not become disheartened through life’s circumstances.
Jesus paid the ultimate price with His life so we all could enter freely into the grace of God and stand whole and complete. It was a onetime sacrifice that wiped out the old way of Jewish ritual and simply through confession we can stand complete and whole; wildly forgiven and be given direction and purpose.
And so with boldness, come before God through Christ. It is the work of Jesus that allows us to draw near in full assurance of our faith and trust in Him. Discouragement has a way of separating us from the One who can lift our head, redirect our steps. The intimacy of our relationship with Jesus is key in believing this to be true. Problems, persecution, incredibly difficult relationships, hard times and our personal economy can overwhelm. Like the initial Jewish readers, this is nothing new. What was missing was the intimate relationship with Jesus. Our focusing on these things rather than the drawing near to him takes our life off track and leads us toward hopelessness. Draw near! Draw near to Christ in and out of every situation.
A daily, renewed confidence in the work of Jesus, having completed it on the cross brings the greatness of who He is and helps us stand strong in the face of difficulties and enables us to stand. Persevere this day. Renew your thoughts and life in Christ. Draw near!
Hebrews 10 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
If you are tracking with the author of Hebrews thus far, it may seem overwhelmingly theological. The second half of Hebrews 10 is a practical response to the foundation that has been established thus far. It is designed to answer the question, “So what?”
We can now enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus. He has opened a new way for us by tearing the veil between us and God. Just as the high priest would enter the sanctuary and pass through the veil to meet with God, now we can do the same by the blood and flesh of Christ. Jesus is our High Priest, so because of that fact…
So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water. 23 Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise. 24 Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. 25 Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.Hebrews 10:22-25 GNB
If we really understand what Christ has done, the natural response is to draw near.
Come with a sincere heart and a sure faith. This is not always easy. We are sinners saved by grace. We still screw up every single day. However, that is exactly the type of posture Jesus desires from us. He wants a sincere, authentic heart that comes to Him without an ulterior motive. We can come confidently knowing that our High Priest has gone before us.
Hold firm to the hope we profess. The reason we can hold firm is because God always delivers on His promises.
Be concerned for one another and meet together regularly. God did not create us to function primarily individually. He created us to be a part of His body and we can only do that when we care for each other and meet regularly.
Finally, we know that the Day of the Lord is coming soon! We are moments away from being with Jesus for eternity!