The Blood
of Christ
Hebrews 9
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Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there
was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is
called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 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; And over it the
cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these
things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of
God. 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 the people: 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: 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; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers
washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 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; 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. 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: 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? 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. For where a testament is,
there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was
dedicated without blood. 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 people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all
things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 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: 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. And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment: 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. (Hebrews 9:1-28 KJV)
The Ordinances of Divine Service

Under the Mosaic Law they were to worship according to the commands
which God give them, and at the place which God directed. Moses was given
the pattern for the building of the tabernacle, and for all the furniture that was
to be placed in the tabernacle. God was very specific as to how everything
was to be built. Moses was also given the pattern for the divine services
which were to be conducted by the priests – the sacrifices and offerings, the
fire, the conduct of the priests. Nadab and Abihu are examples of what
happened when they did not follow what God proscribed
(Leviticus 10:1-2).
That was not only true of the priestly duties in offering the various normal
sacrifices; but, it was also true of the high priest on the Day of Atonement
(Yom Kippur).  It was specified what the high priest was to do, and how he
was to do it.
(Leviticus 16; 12:24-32)

It only makes sense that under the present Covenant, we must follow divine
direction for our worship
(Colossians 3:17; John 4:23, 24).
Until the Time of Reformation

The services of the priests under the first covenant (testament) were limited in time. When the time of Reformation came, no longer
were those sacrifices, offerings and services of effect
(Jeremiah 31:31-34). We are now under a new covenant, the New Testament
(Colossians 2:16, 17).

By His Own Blood

The priests under the Law presented the blood of bulls and of goats as an offering for the sins of the people, but Jesus presented His
Own blood, as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us, in presenting His Own body
and shedding His Own blood
(Isaiah 53). Without His sacrifice we could not have the forgiveness of sins, and the eternal redemption
which is our inheritance in Christ.

His blood is contacted in baptism – the likeness of His death, burial and resurrection. See
Romans 6:1-4 and the mime.

Purge Your Conscience From Dead Works

Under the Law, the blood of animals made the people of God ceremonially clean and holy. If that could be accomplished by the blood of
animals, how much more can be accomplished by the blood of Jesus? If the sacrifices of the Old Testament could urge the people to
be obedient to the laws of God, how much more can the blood of God’s Only-begotten Son cause the conscience to burn in zeal and
obedience
(Titus 2:11-14)?

Realizing the price paid for our sins, the Christian can and should turn from the works of the Law and the works of the flesh
(Matthew
20:28).

For the Redemption --- Under the First Testament

The blood of Jesus shed upon the cross flowed back in time for those under the first testament, as well as forward for those who were
yet to live under the new
(Hebrews 9:15). It was not possible that the blood of animals would wash away the sins of man – that could
only be accomplished by the blood of the Son of God. That is why those under the Old Covenant looked forward to the time of the
coming of the Messiah, and the salvation that He would bring. Without His death, there could have been no forgiveness for those in
times of old, nor would there have been the establishment of a New Testament – the death of the testator was necessary.

Purged with Blood

From the time of Abel, blood sacrifices were offered. Life was in the blood. To reclaim the life that was forfeited because of sin, life must
be forfeited (Leviticus 10:11). Everything under the Law was dedicated with the shedding of blood. Yet, the animal sacrifices of Abel,
Noah, Abraham, and by those under the Law of Moses could not accomplish the desired end. The blood of an animal was not
sufficient, it would take the blood of Jesus. The example of Abraham willing to give the life of his son, Isaac, would now be fulfilled in the
willingness of our heavenly Father to give the life of His Son, Jesus, upon the cross
(Genesis 22:1-14; John 3:16; Romans 5:7-9; 1
John 4:9-11
). He, truly, was the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

His sacrifice was complete. It only needed to be done once.

Shall He Appear the Second Time

The promise was made of the return of Jesus when He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:10-11). Jesus had promised His apostles that
He would return
(John 14:1-3). Paul taught the disciples that Jesus would return (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). He will be seen by all
when He returns
(Revelation 1:7-8). All shall bow and confess His name in that last day (Romans 14:11-12).