Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hebrews 9: Christ Is Priest Of A Better Sanctuary

Hebrews 9

Theme: Remain Confident in Christ

2) Because He is a better Priest (4:14 - 10:39)
C) Priest of a better Sanctuary (9)

We should remain confident in Christ, because He is the priest of a better sanctuary. His blood brings us into the presence of God with confidence, having cleansed our conscience from guilt once for all, and insures us of an eternal hope of inheritance.

1-10: The OT sanctuary excluded men from the Holy presence of God. Priests of the earthly sanctuary could only enter this Holy of Holies once a year. Their animal blood only made people ceremonially clean, but could not cleanse the conscience.

11-28: Christ entered the heavenly Holy of Holies, offering His own blood once for all, removing all guilt, obtaining an eternal redemption. Therefore His blood cleanses our conscience, brings us into the presence of God, inaugurates the New Covenant, and assures His return for our salvation rather than judgment for sin.

We should remain confident in Christ, because He is the priest of a better sanctuary.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.