-Jesus Christ’s once and for all time High Priestly sacrifice is the true form of the realities presented in the shadow of things to come in the Law of Moses (Hebrews 10:1, 10). God ultimately required a Body to do His will by becoming an obedient atonement for sin (Psalm 40:6-8, Hebrews 10:5-7). God does away with the first covenant in order to establish the second, better, and permanent covenant through the given blood of Christ Jesus (Hebrews 10:9). Christ has accomplished His work now and is sitting at the right hand of the Father waiting now for His enemies to be made a footstool for His feet (Hebrews 10:12-13). He has now perfected for all time those who are being sanctified with a single offering (Hebrews 10:14). *Application* God’s promise is this: I died for you to set you free from the Law and the sin that the Law reveals. “I will remember your sin no more,” He says in truth (Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 10:17). His New Covenant has been established and we can abide in Him forever by faith and perseverance (Luke 8:15, John 15:1-11, Hebrews 10:38). Because of what Christ Jesus did, we can draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, sprinkled clean from an evil conscience washed totally with pure water (Hebrews 10:22). He is the Living Water that springs up to eternal life (John 4:14). Accept Him and His peaceful forgiveness to give you a pure heart.
-He who promised is faithful allowing us to hold fast to what we have attained in Him (Hebrews 10:23). We need t consider how to effectively stir one another up to love better and do more good works (edification, Hebrews 10:24). We are not to ever neglect meeting together, like some are in the habit of doing, but we are to be an encouragement to one another even more and more as we see the Day of Judgment coming nearer and nearer (Hebrews 10:25). *Application* Assembling as Christian brothers and sisters is an important and vital part of our act of spiritual service unto the Lord as we see here in this passage. Particularly in this day and age in which we live it is essential for us to gather together to mutually support, comfort, and encourage one another in the love of the Lord. It saddens me to hear of people who say they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, yet do not gather together with other believers in any type of church setting. With so many different styles of worship and assemblies in Christ within our modern American culture, there is simply no excuse for not seeking out and finding a place where you can worship the Lord along with people of like mind and faith. The Bible says you actually need this, so go out and find a good-Bible believing local church.
-Deliberate sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth nullifies the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for your sins (Hebrews 10:26). Instead, those who fall into this degenerate category have a fearful expectation of God’s judgment and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries of the Lord. The message is very clear, do not trample underfoot the Son of God and profane the blood of the New Covenant by which He was set apart (sanctified). This outrages the Spirit of grace and He will repay the guilty with judgment. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God (Exodus 34:7, Nahum 1:3, Hebrews 10:27-31). *Application* Make no mistake about it. God is merciful, but His mercy only extends to the repentant who believe. You must trust in what Christ did for you and not revert back to old and habitually sinful ways. If you do that, you never really had His covering for sin since in His omniscience He knew who you really were. This is why the security of the believer is the perseverance of the believer.
-This chapter ends with an exhortation to endure through persecution and struggle (Hebrews 10:32-39). *Application* We have a better possession in Christ that abides forever! His promises are irrevocable as we look to Him the author and completer of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2). Stay strong in the hope that He gives no matter the circumstance with great confidence, which has a great reward!
Verses to memorize- Hebrews 10:22, 25, 29, 31, 38