Hebrews 9:1 ¶Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances
of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the
candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the
Holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid
round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's
rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat;
of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went
always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year,
not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of
8 ¶The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the
holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle
was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were
offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the
service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings,
and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is
to say, not of this building;
highlighted verses:Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having
obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying
of the flesh:
highlighted verses:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 ¶And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were
under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise
of eternal inheritance.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be
the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise
it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people
according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water,
and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath
enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and
all the vessels of the ministry
highlighted verses:Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the
law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 ¶It was therefore necessary that
the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but
the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are
the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence
of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself
often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with
blood of others;
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:
but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by
the sacrifice of himself. 27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are
figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the
presence of God for us:
Jesus Christ was the real
thing, the true high priest, the true tabernacle!
He never entered into the symbolic, worldly, model sanctuary
made with flesh hands.
Again, He has entered into heaven
itself and now sits on the right hand of the throne of His Majesty on high
to make atonement and intercession
Therefore, there is no other high priest or sacrifice
and that is why Christ is the sole mediator of the New
Covenant and we are complete in Him.
Paul wrote it to Timothy like this: 1 Tim. 2:5 "For there
is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus."
This means you can kiss all the
keeping of certain days
and rituals and traditions of men's
do's and don'ts goodbye and good riddance!
Nor yet that He should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth
into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Christ shed His blood once and for all time
thereby completely fulfilling the law,
i.e. all that was ever required by the Old Covenant.
To that end, Paul wants us to be
sure we know and understand
that it is because Christ was the
perfect unblemished Lamb of God
and our High Priest forever after
the order of Melchisedec,
there are no more blood sacrifices
required nor services of any other high priest needed... period!
Again, it was through His "eternal power" that He offered
Himself to God
and shed His blood one time and entered
in the Holy of Holies once and for all time.
The reason this is such an important point to understand
is because otherwise,
without that "eternal power", Christ's sacrifice
would not have applied to those who have already lived
and died in the flesh,
such as Adam and Eve, Noah, etc.,
who all lived and died in the flesh before He came to
this earth and paid the price!
But He did appear "in the end of the world" and paid the
price for all,
even those all way back to the beginning of this earth
That is why it is written He went and preached unto the
spirits in prison
and offered salvation to all those who waited until the
promise of His coming was fulfilled (1 Peter 3:19-20).
For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the
world: but now once in the end of the world hath
He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
You see, the Plan of God was
ordained even before the "katabole",
the casting down and overthrow
of the Satan, the great red dragon in the first earth age.
(See appendix 146 in the Companion
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
One of requirements for salvation
is that each son of God
come down from above and be born
of flesh and die the first death,
the death of the flesh.
Actually, Christ explained this
in detail to Nicodemus in John chapter three.
The fact is, if a person is not
willing to come down from above ("anothen" in Greek) and be born of woman, he or
she cannot enter into the kingdom.
Such was the case with the fallen
angels of Genesis 6
who came to earth without entering
in through the bag of water and who then took the daughters of Adam to
the union of which produced the
mighty Gibor, i.e. giants!
John goes on to explain that even
Christ was willing to come down from above
and be born of woman and tabernacle
in the flesh!
Remember we discussed this in an earlier study?
Our Father did not ask His children
to do anything He was not willing to do Himself, such as die once in the
Note: Since it is written that it
is given unto all men ONCE to die, you can totally rule out the false doctrines
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;
and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the
second time without sin unto salvation.
Things are happening fast in
this final generation as the events of prophecy unfold before our very
We do look for Him to appear the second time,
knowing that the false messiah shall come first and cause
many to stumble and fall in the great apostasy.
So stay steadfast in His Word and look to those heavenly
things; for your redemption draweth nigh!
21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift
up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all
pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals. We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.