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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