kjv@Hebrews:10:1@ For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
kjv@Hebrews:10:2@ For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
kjv@Hebrews:10:3@ But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
kjv@Hebrews:10:4@ For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
kjv@Hebrews:10:5@ Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
kjv@Hebrews:10:6@ In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
kjv@Hebrews:10:7@ Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
kjv@Hebrews:10:8@ Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
kjv@Hebrews:10:9@ Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
kjv@Hebrews:10:10@ By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
kjv@Hebrews:10:11@ And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
kjv@Hebrews:10:12@ But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
kjv@Hebrews:10:22@ Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
kjv@Hebrews:10:23@ Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
kjv@Hebrews:10:24@ And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
kjv@Hebrews:10:25@ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
kjv@Hebrews:10:26@ For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
kjv@Hebrews:10:27@ But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
kjv@Hebrews:10:28@ He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
kjv@Hebrews:10:29@ Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
kjv@Hebrews:10:30@ For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Nowadays, minus the temple, there is no way for Jews to perform their sacrifices. I am sure that they have used some of these same scriptural quotes to justify their position, that the sacrifices weren't really needed in the first place. The problem for them still would be that there is no remission of sins without the sprinkling of blood. The Christian followers have not ceased from the sprinkling of blood, it is that the blood now is the blood of God's chosen one, the sacrifice He Himself provided as with Abraham, Jesus Christ. His sacrifice is once and for all and complete.
There are times in all Christians lives where they miss the mark, where they become drowsy or sloppy or unfruitful even counter productive. There are times even when we shake our fist and blame God (as in the death of our young child). We have all encountered times when we wondered if this draw back passage wasn't written for us. Self condemnation can be a tremendously discouraging thing. I would imagine however, if it is still in your heart to get back to the things of God, if there is still the will to repent and rejoin the body in fully restored standing, if the love of God is still wanted and sought after, then you definitely have not crossed this final point yet. This is written for the man where there is none of crushing sorrow, confussion and desire that remains, he has completely given himself over to his own condemnation, forever sealed in the hardness of his own heart.
So this is where Paul twice and the author of Hebrews once get "the just shall live by faith". Now we have the original context. Given our tendency to box God into the corners of what we think He should and should not be doing, given our blindness to everything except what is immediately before us, given our own personal track record and what we ourselves are being chastised over, we if seeking through this to become just should live by faith. kjv@Romans:1:17kjv@Galatians:3:11kjv@Hebrews:10:38
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