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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Hebrews 9

Forgiveness and blood

Summary:
The first covenant had a precise tabernacle, as we know. The high priests had to make massive sacrifices before entering God's most intimate presence, so that he wouldn't die. This was because the Holy Spirit hadn't shown the way yet. The sacrifices didn't work.

But Jesus entered that presence by his own blood. That blood truly cleanses. He is our ransom and gives us a new covenant. It's like a will. It means nothing until someone dies. Same with this covenant. Blood cleanses. Blood forgives.

Jesus went to a heavenly temple and made one sacrifice for all eternity. Just like we die and come back to be judged, Jesus has died and will come back to save his followers.

Key verse:
15. he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

My thoughts:
This chapter makes explicit the relationship between forgiveness and blood. You need the latter for the former. That seems to be a basic spiritual truth in Christianity.

Mr. Hebrews likes to emphasise the 'once-for-all' aspect of Jesus' sacrifice, which really elevates Jesus position from a great man and teacher to the Saviour of all.

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