Summary: A study of the book of Hebrews chapter 9 verses 1 through 15
Hebrews 9: 1 – 15
His Blood Cleanses Our Sins – Part A
1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lamp stand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; 3 and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, 4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. 6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; 8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— 10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He Is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Let me ask your opinion on a particular situation. Suppose you came by the church office during the week. After greeting you I asked you to do me a favor. Since I was the only one in the office, I asked you to man the phones for me while I ran down the block to grab a sandwich. In fact being so appreciative that you came in and would help me, I said I would buy you something also.
As soon as I left, of course, the phone rang. The person on the other end wanted to ask a question. You most likely quickly responded that the Pastor just stepped out of the office and would be right back if the caller would call back in about 10 minutes. The person on the line didn’t have time to call back and wanted your opinion to a question. The called asked if you were a Christian. You responded that you are. So then the caller was even more interested in your opinion and wondered why you wouldn’t answer. So, you tell the person that you will give your best answer.