I AM the God who cleanses your consciences. Heb ch 9-10

I AM the mediator of a new covenant

People have a problem with the amount of blood which Judaism required, calling it the

Death to Life

Death to Life

butcher block religion.  However, it is necessary that we understand that God’s original command to Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil came with the imperative that disobedience required death –not good works – death.  Adam’s son, Cain found out the hard way that his own good intentions of coming with veggies, was not acceptable because he refused to come as God commanded with the blood of an animal like his brother did.  You could say that his was the first false religion of good works outside of the Garden.  Instead of repenting and obeying God’s directives, he became defensive and became the first murderer.

Cain would rather kill than change

Cain would rather kill than change

Like Cain, people throughout the ages think that they can appease God any way they please with money, church attendance, good deeds, reliance on Christian heritage; all Wrong.  Like a child who refuses his dad’s help saying “I can do it myself” we humans have an inherent pride which we must come to the end of to get our Father’s assistance.  The sacrificial system was provided to the Jews by God to atone for his anger at man’s sin.  By coming in obedience with an acceptable offering that God commanded, demonstrating their faith, they were admitting their guilt, their need for his forgiveness, and were acknowledging His provision thus receiving pardon for their sin.  Some would say that this is intolerant of other religions.  Of course it is, but we need to remember that it is God who is offended by man’s disobedience and it is God’s right to stipulate how he would make restitution with us, and it is not for you and I to decide but to simply obey what he has written.  To which I would ask; why would you want to invent your own way when God has already provided you a free one?

The Blood of Christ

11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

 Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

10     The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, 4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, O God.’ ”

We have been made holy through Christ’s work

8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made). 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:  16“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more. 18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

 Who are you Lord?

I Am Perfect, My Heaven is perfect and Holy.  My salvation through Christ is perfect.  I AM the one who established my first covenant to reveal my Holiness, but have now done away with it by establishing my New Covenant with you which is perfectI AM all knowing and wise, I knew that you could not keep the first covenant of the Law, so I AM the one who came to fulfill it for you in Christ.  Now, all who come to me through Christ will be made perfect as well, because I AM the cleanser of consciences, the remover of sin, and the creator of new hearts and minds.  I have finished my work on your behalf – once for all time; I AM completely at peace with you now in Christ.  The first covenant made you remember your sin every year.  Your imperfection was always before you.  But in this new covenant, I have removed your guilt and will remember it no more.

I AM the embodiment of the Law, which was impossible for you to keep. You cannot do it to be good enough on your ownWithout you realizing your personal sin, you will never need my salvation.  I AM the fulfillment of the Temple also.  In your despair I provided my sacrificial system to give you my forgiveness, grace and mercy.  Only those who know they need my provision for them will receive it.  In Jesus Christ, I revealed and fulfilled the Law and became the perfect sacrifice for everyone so that there is nothing more anyone can do to gain my acceptance. No more sacrifices are necessary.  No more adherence to the Law. “Come to me you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest for your souls.”  This is why I said “It is finished.”

The Old Testament Law and sacrificial system was just a picture of what God had in mind for all of humanity not just Israel.  As we have said previously, those were just pictures and illustrations of the reality in heaven to be fulfilled by Christ for the cleansing of our souls – permanently.

Wages of sin is death – not good works

Throughout the Old Testament, God reminded us that “the soul that sins shall die.”  It is only because of God’s mercy that he instituted the sacrificial system to belay the death of the sinner and eternal punishment.  God called men to be priests who could mediate on behalf of sinful men with the blood of animals just as God first did in the garden when he shed the blood of the animals to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness and shame.  There is no magic in the blood of the animals.  It is a picture, a reminder to the worshipers that “it should have been they who died”, but that God provided a way of escape – a substitution for them, as long as they trust him and follow his instructions through faith.

A clean conscience

What would you give to have your conscience cleansed?  This is the stuff religions try to deal with.  Yet only God can do it right.  How would a clean conscience change our life and faith?  Having our minds and hearts recreated should change the way we live. We would have a life of total confidence instead of religious working, guessing and worrying about purgatory or hell.  That is true freedom.  That is why Jesus had to come.

More to come,

Steve

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8 Responses to I AM the God who cleanses your consciences. Heb ch 9-10

  1. chicagoja says:

    Perhaps some people can reconcile themselves to the concept of disobedience results in death, although I don’t subscribe to an all-loving God who would have that as one of his laws (in fact it’s not even one of the Ten Commandments). What I do have a problem with is this: Adam and Eve were born without knowing the difference between good and evil and therefore they couldn’t possibly have known that disobedience was evil. Since God is omniscient, he would have known in advance what choice the unenlightened Adam and Eve would make and could have stopped them if he so chose. You have to ask yourself just what kind of a god are you worshipping, anyway.

    • strostrud says:

      Humanistically speaking, I would tend to agree, but humanistic thinking is what got them in trouble in the first place. God told Adam not to do it. Satan confused Eve to the point where she was thinking with her emotions and didn’t remember what God said to Adam and ate the fruit. Adam basically said I choose to be with the woman rather than God so I will follow her choice for me. They were both innocent but not stupid. Adam had a perfect brain banging on all 8 cylinders, 100 percent. Their choice was simple; to obey God or not. That was the choice. They were created to let God provide them and teach them everything both good and bad.
      God knew what they would do, He didn’t want to create robots. He made Adam JUST LIKE HIMSELF an eternal being with a mind, emotions, capacity to love God back and a will to choose to be with him. God knew that Adam would sin. But God knew that He would have to come to die for Man himself to fix the situation. Only God can buy back humanity from sin. Only God could love us so much that he took his own punishment on himself in our stead.
      We have the same basic choice as Adam had to listen to God’s Word or go our own way. The choice is yours and God knows what you will do. But remember this, at the end of your days, there will be no more time to respond to God’s offer when He will then hold you accountable for your choices.
      I am worshiping a God who paid for my sin problem. Bottom line is this, we are all sinners because of Adam, and we can all be made new because of Christ.
      God clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals which were killed as a picture of the penalty of sin. The animals died so that the two of them could live in the hopes of the future promised redeemer coming to take away their sin through the (promised seed of woman) Gen 3:15.
      Cain thought that he could do it himself with his good intentions of the fruit of his garden. Bummer dude. He did not believe God and was rejected. Able came to God by faith bringing his offering of a blood sacrifice realizing that he should die for his sin condition as directed by God through Adam. Every sacrifice was a picture of the future coming of Christ to pay finally for their sin.
      Satan will do everything he can to convince you that God is wrong. Just like he did to Eve. Hath God said…?

      • chicagoja says:

        I’m afraid that you missed the real point of God denying access to the Tree of Knowledge to Adam and Eve. Sure the brain was fully functional as they were created as fully-formed adults, except that they were like children in that they not understand the difference between good and evil (because they were not allowed to partake of the Tree of Knowledge). You can’t have personal responsibility until you have the knowledge. You certainly don’t expect a two-year old to follow all of a parent’s dos and donts until they have been thoroughly been taught the same lesson over and over.

      • strostrud says:

        Adam and Eve were fully adult innocents and like young innocent children they must rely on the wisdom of the Father. You would tell you kids to not play with fire and expect them to obey you right? You know what is best even though they don’t. Adam’s sin was disobeying God’s mandate to not eat. What was underlying his disobedience was that He did not want God to tell him what to do. Just like a little kid who chooses to do something he knows he shouldn’t. Adam and Eve did not understand experientially but they should have trusted their loving God anyway. We don’t know when God would have told them what evil was, but regardless it would have been in His timing not theirs. But Satan used the taboo fruit to say that God was holding out on them. It doesn’t say why they chose not to eat from the Tree of life instead. Maybe not in season, Maybe it didn’t look as nice as this taboo fruit. Possibly the age old dilemma of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. They knew that they could have any fruit but that one…so… Satan had a heyday with that one. Like a big juicy carrot. Step out from under God’s control and be your own man.

      • strostrud says:

        I want to thank you guys for your input. I love talking about this stuff. No offenses taken, No insults given. Just good ol banter. As long as it drives us closer to the goal of understanding God’s Word. That is my concern. Satan still is making us question God’s word by saying “Hath God said…” So lets find out what he says.

    • savedbygrace says:

      $Since God is omniscient, he would have known in advance what choice the unenlightened Adam and Eve would make and could have stopped them if he so chose.
      ………………………………………………………

      indeed, God is omniscient!

      When God created the animals, God made sure they have blood. why?

      because God knew Man has to power to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil

      just right after Man sinned, God shed blood for adam and eve.

      you see, Jesus was already in God’s mind long before adam sinned.

      when I get to heaven, I would look for adam and punch him and blame him for all the troubles in my life. lol

      you probably have asked. why in the world did God put that tree of knowledge of good and evil?

      then answer is choice.

      yes, if everything is good, then whats there to choose?

      Man has been given “Will” and to excercise that “will” means to choose something that is good or evil.

      my question is “why didn’t Adam ate from the TREE OF LIFE” ?

      remember theres another Tree. the TREE of LIFE.

      when Jesus came into the world JESUS

      “I AM THE LIFE”
      “I AM THE VINE”

      “I am the way the truth and the life no one comes to the father except by me”
      – John 14:6

      “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener”
      – John 15:1

      $Perhaps some people can reconcile themselves to the concept of disobedience results in death,
      although I don’t subscribe to an all-loving God who would have that as one of his laws
      (in fact it’s not even one of the Ten Commandments)
      ………………………………………………………

      i honestly don’t think God authored death or cause us to die.

      just like a child who inistently wanting to play in a highway, will result to death.

      if you read the stipulations after the 10 commandments, it says

      “do this and you shall live”
      but
      “break this and you shall be cursed”

      and theres a lot of Laws, not jsut the 10 commandments.. sucks right?

      and yet christians today would want to live on the old covenant,
      which is given to the israelites by the way.

      $What I do have a problem with is this: Adam and Eve were born without knowing the difference between good and evil and
      therefore they couldn’t possibly have known that disobedience was evil
      ………………………………………………………

      slightly i would have to differ on this. the disobedience weren’t evil. the knowledge was evil.

      but i would have to study on what the sin of adam was. was is disobedience? why?

      good talks with you.

      • strostrud says:

        “when I get to heaven, I would look for adam and punch him and blame him for all the troubles in my life. lol” I think we would all like to do that, but we must admit that if we were in his shoes, we would have done the same thing. Because the nut does not fall far from the tree. Like begets like. We were born from our human parents Adam and Eve after they had fallen. The only person in the world who became a sinner by sinning was Adam. We all sin because we were born sinners.

        Thanks for all your input.

        Steve

  2. savedbygrace says:

    $Instead of repenting and obeying God’s directives, he became defensive and became the first murderer.

    definitely right!

    instead of changing his mind, and offer the sin-offering just beside him,
    cain then murdered his brother instead.

    the murder was the result of guilt of unpaid sin.

    true to this, people sin more when their sin is not taken cared.
    when people think they are sinful, they sin more.

    but those who think their sins are forgiven, are more peaceful, forgiving, loving.

    now, to the believers, they know all their sins are forgiven. past present and future.

    most christians today must repent or change their mind about what Jesus did at the cross.
    Christ paid all sins. yes, Christ died for our future sins for we are future.

    $it is God who is offended by man’s disobedience and it is God’s right to stipulate how he would make restitution

    a very profound statement. ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!

    we think that confessing our sins will automatically cause the righteous God to forgive us righteously.

    the only way our sins were forgiven is by the shedding of blood of Jesus.

    since the old times, the way for the Israelites for temporary forgiveness was by the shedding of blood.

    today, Jesus shed blood once and for all,

    Christ has made us righteous by his act.

    therefore let us confess we are righteous. amen

    $To which I would ask; why would you want to invent your own way when God has already provided you a free one?

    YOU NAILED IT!

    $What would you give to have your conscience cleansed?

    very very great question!

    and yet the answer is one word

    “believe”

    believe that Christ has died once and for all and as a result
    “we are no longer guilty of sins” concsience cleared of guilt and sin.. amen

    – grace and peace

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