-This section of Scripture deals with fact that the first covenant that God made with His people laid the framework for what Christ did in shedding His blood for the remissions of sins and entrance into the Most Holy Place with God. This is the place that only the high priest could go under the Mosaic system, but has now been opened up to everyone by the payment that Jesus Christ, our greater, eternal, and for all time High Priest, accomplished by His sacrificed life blood. This is what secures eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12). This is the event that causes the reformation (Hebrews 9:10). This is the actualization of the offering without blemish to God, which purifies our sinful consciences from dead works to serve the Living God through His eternal Holy Spirit (Hebrews 9:14). Jesus is the mediator and initiator of the New Covenant through His death and resurrection that those who are called may receive His promised eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15). In other words, He is the reality of God’s plan for mankind’s salvation. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22).” Christ Jesus has entered “into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf (Hebrews 9:24).” He only needed to do this one time, once and for all, “to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:25-26).” Just as it is appointed for mankind to die once, and after that comes the judgment, so too Christ died only once to bear the sins of many. But, He will return and appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who eagerly wait for Him (Hebrews 9:27-28). *Application* Christ’s mission is complete. The only question for us now is will we accept Him and His great salvation? The whole matter comes down to faith. You must trust that He is greater than every other form of hope, deliverance, and salvation. Jesus is the only way to God and His good and perfect grace. It’s just that simple. Don’t make it harder than you have to. Christ shed His blood and died so that we don’t have to die spiritually. Trust in Jesus! He has made the way definitively and completely.
Verses to memorize- Hebrews 9:22, 27-28