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by Wayne Blank
Old Testament Examples
New Testament Perspective
"For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin. But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins."
"Consequently, when Christ came into the world, He said, "Sacrifices and offerings Thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for Me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings Thou hast taken no pleasure. Then I said, 'Lo, I have come to do Thy will, O God,' as it is written of me in the roll of the book."
"When He said above, "Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings," these are offered according to the law, then He added, "Lo, I have come to do Thy will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
"And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, then to wait until His enemies should be made a stool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."
"And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says The Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then He adds, "I will remember their sins and their misdeeds no more." Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin."
"Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which He opened for us through the curtain [see The Day Of Atonement], that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
"For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [see The Unpardonable Sin], but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries." (Hebrews 10:1-27 RSV)
Fact Finder: Should Christians offer themselves as living sacrifices, that is, by obeying God in our daily lives?
This Week's Bible Quiz
1. Where was Jesus Christ born?
3. In what city in Galilee did Jesus Christ go to live after Herod's death?
4. In what body of water was Jesus Christ baptized?
5. Where did Jesus live after He left Nazareth?
6. Where was Jesus arrested by the mob?
7. Where was Jesus Christ crucified?
8. Who owned the tomb in which Jesus was buried?
9. From what hill did Jesus Christ ascend into heaven?
10. On what hill will Jesus stand when He returns?
For the answers to this July 18 2000 quiz, see the Bible Quiz Answers Page