Biblical Concept: Christ, The Sacrificial Offering
Hebrews 9:24-26 24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
Findings: Well, verse 26b says it all. “Consummation of the ages” denotes that all of human history lead-up-to the Person and Work Christ as The Sacrifice. “Put away sin” is the purpose of The Sacrifice. Earlier in Hebrews it says: “Hebrews 2:14-17 14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” So, again, put away sin and propitiation for the sins of the people is the purpose of The Sacrifice. Also, The Sacrifice defeated Gods’ volitional enemies in heaven and earth. God has certainly met His obligation to the volitional creatures He has created. God has provided a way for the inevitable rebellion of volition to be reconciled to Him. The Person and Work of Christ is that way. This findings section is sort of a theory of everything the human needs to know about existence: God, creation of volitional creatures, rebellion, The Sacrifice, reconciliation—God has taken care of it all. Grace and Peace through Christ, Amen.
Hebrews 10:10-14 10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
Findings: In this passage The Sacrifice provides sanctification and perfection. The volitional creature is made acceptable to be in God’s heaven. Those who do not accept God’s provision of The Sacrifice are His enemies.
Verse 12 is a theory of everything by itself: “but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.” Comprehend verse 12 and you will comprehend. For example: He = Second Member of the Triune God of the Bible, virgin born, God-man, sinless, suffering Servant. Having offered = sinless substitute, sin bearing, humble servant, death on a cross. One sacrifice = Christ the only way of eternal salvation. Sins = angelic infiltration, fallen man, separation from God. All time = sufficiency and security. Sat down = qualification, position, Divine satisfaction, victory. Right hand = glory, honor, power. God = God the Father, first Member of the Triune God of the Bible.
Theorem: The Sacrifice, the offering, results in perfection and sanctification for volitional creatures and the defeat of His enemies.
1 Corinthians 5:6-7 6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7 Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
Findings: The Sacrifice versus Christian Way of Life sin. Christ our Passover Sacrifice results in unleavened position for the Believer. Live by The Sacrifice.
Ephesians 5:2 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Findings: Walk in love because of The Sacrifice. Walk in love because you can. Later, in this Ephesians 5 walk context, is this summary goal: “Ephesians 5:15 15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise.” We can and should because of The Sacrifice.