Summary: Back when God required sacrifices from His people, blood could be seen through-out the Tabernacle. It was one of the main things in the Jewish religion; there was hardly a ceremony that was observed without it. You couldn’t enter into any part of the tabe
June 5, 2008
AN UNALTERABLE LAW
The scripture I am going to use today is Hebrews 9:19-22: “For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
For the text I will use the last phrase: "Without shedding of blood there is no remission." -- Hebrews 9:22
Back when God required sacrifices from His people, blood could be seen through-out the Tabernacle. It was one of the main things in the Jewish religion; there was hardly a ceremony that was observed without it. You couldn’t enter into any part of the tabernacle, without seeing traces of the sprinkled blood. Sometimes there were bowls of blood thrown at the foot of the altar. The place must have looked like a shambles, and anyone who was glad to be there must have had great spiritual understanding and a lot of faith. The slaughter of animals was the method of worship, and the blood that fell on the floor, on the curtains, and on the robes of the priests, was always there.
When Paul says that almost all things were, “under the law, purged with blood,” he alludes to a few things that were not purged by blood. For example, garments worn by men were usually cleansed with water, and so was clothing and articles made of skins or goat's hair, while other things that were made of metal, were purified by fire. Nevertheless, Paul refers to a literal fact, when he says that almost all things, garments being the only exception, were purged, under the law, with blood. Then he states a general truth, that there was never any pardoning of sin, except by blood. There’s only one case of bloodless sacrifice that’s described in the Bible. The Trespass Offering is referred to in Leviticus 5:11. It permits in extreme cases of excessive poverty, for a bloodless offering. If a man was too poor to bring an offering from the flock, he was to bring two turtle-doves or young pigeons; but if he was too poor even for that, he might offer the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering, and it was cast upon the fire. That’s the one solitary exception. In every other instance where sin had to be removed, blood must flow. Today, there are no exceptions that can be made for any man or woman, and there never will be, since "Without shedding of blood, there is no remission."
I am thankful that—
I. THERE IS SUCH A THING AS REMISSION OF SINS
That will be our first point—THERE IS SUCH A THING AS REMISSION OF SINS. It should be clear by now that "Without shedding of blood there is no remission." Blood has been shed, and we have hope. The word remission means the putting away of debts. Just as sin may be regarded as a debt owed to God, sins may be blotted out, cancelled, and obliterated. Whatever the sin is, it will be forgiven, if the offender repents. Unrepented sin is unforgivable sin. But, someone said isn’t there "a sin which is unto death?"
I don’t know what it is, because there are so many differing views among preachers that I’ve become confused about it. But I have been able to discover something about it. It seems clear, that the sin is unforgivable, because the person never repented of it. What’s more, when God forgives a person for a sin he’s committed, a pardon is given in an instant; the moment that a sinner believes in Jesus he is forgiven and pardoned. The pardon of a sinner is granted at once, and it’s given you in such a way that you will never lose it. Once you’re forgiven, you will be forgiven for ever, and none of the consequences of sin will plague your life.
I will add just one more remark, before we go on to the second point. When you’re forgiven, you can know it.
Ten thousand sins of the worst type can be taken away in only a moment, for he delights in giving mercy.
The Bible says, "As I live, saith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, but had rather that he turn unto me and live."
I love what our text has shown me, that there is no remission, except with blood; but there is remission, for the blood has been shed.