Bible Study Notes on Hebrews 10 – 20190720

WritingIIIHebrews 10:1  “…not the very image of the things…”
Shows that the law was never an end unto itself.  It was only intended to help us see the truth, to help us get there.

2  “…would they not have ceased to be offered…”
Exactly.  After the sacrifice of Jesus, the perfect one, sacrifices are no longer needed.  And He was only sacrificed once, not over and over.  Which also means acceptance of Him cleanses us from all our sin, past, present, and future.  We never have the need to atone for our own sins, in any fashion.

10  “By that will we have been sanctified…”
It was an act of will on the part of God.  Not just some things He tried over time.  He set the plan in motion to bring us back to Himself.  The old sacrificial system was to show us how He was going to do it.  Jesus completed it.  He was the fulfillment of God’s plan and will.

12  “…this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”
The crux of it.  He paid the price for all sin for all time.  And He never has to pay it again.  Consequently, all of our sin is paid for, even the future ones.

18  “…where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin”
Once the sins are gone, there isn’t a need for an offering.  This is why anyone who says you have to do anything to pay for your sins in any fashion is simply wrong or clearly lying.  No payment, no penance.  There is nothing left to pay for, not to mention if we could have paid anything for our own sin, Jesus wouldn’t have needed to die for them.

19  “…having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”
Because we are cleansed from our sins by His sacrifice, we can approach the throne of God boldly.  We aren’t limited to being outside the curtain, separated from God’s presence anymore.  The veil was torn in two, and all are now allowed in who profess Christ.  Furthermore, Christ is the only mediator between us and God.  No one else.

23  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
Our hope that our sins have been forgiven and removed and that we have direct and unrestricted access to God is based on Jesus and His credibility.  He is faithful.  What He says about Himself is true.  It is a sure thing.  Therefore, we can hope without doubts.

24  “…consider one another in order to stir up love and good works”
Hold your hope fast and help others do the same.  The Christian life isn’t a solitary endeavor.  Christ’s body is made up of many members, not just one.

26  “…if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins”
Commentaries had a fit with this one and the verses following.  I was very disappointed in one that couldn’t see any other idea than that it meant a person could lose their salvation.  Others could see the truth in it that fits the text and the rest of scripture.  Basically the idea is, if you hear of what Jesus did to pay for our sins, and you reject that, there’s no other way of salvation.  The writer is speaking to Hebrews who had the old sacrificial system.  He’s explained how Jesus has fulfilled all of that so it’s no longer needed.  Now he reminds them that since Jesus is the last word, if you reject Him, there’s no other way to be saved.  As far as the willfully sinning part, it can’t be speaking about sinning after salvation as John said we would do so.  If that were the case, no one would make it past their first post-salvation sin.  All sins are willful, they don’t happen by accident.  And John says any sin we commit after salvation can be confessed and forgiven by God.  He says nothing about losing salvation.  So, this must mean something else.  That would be continuing in our sinful lives after we’ve learned of Jesus.  If you’ve been told of Jesus and what He did, and you stand there rejecting it, you have nothing to look forward to but judgment.  If you continue to do that until you die, to Hell you will go.

29  “…trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace”
This is the unpardonable sin.  Rejection of Jesus, treating His blood which He sacrificed willingly to pay for your sins as nothing, and refusing the compelling of the Holy Spirit.  It’s not a one-time thing, where you get one shot.  I believe as long as you’re breathing there is a chance of salvation.  But if you reject Christ until you die, time is up, and all hope is gone.  The punishment for this sin is Hell forever.

34  “…you had compassion on me in my chains…”
This sounds very much like something Paul would say.  I’m sure it’s part of the reasons folks think he is the writer.  I don’t know.  There’s a lot of evidence for him and not, although much of it is dependent on your viewpoint.  Any reason that is based on what we think Paul may or may not have done is not really a reason.  He could have had a reason which was 180 degrees different than anything else he did.  The best anyone can do is say what they think and that they don’t really know.

34  “…knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven”
Why we can live with hardship.  No matter what happens down here, we have something better coming.

37  “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.”
Absolutely!  What a day that will be.

39  “…we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul”
Watching the finish line, you’ll know who the real believers were.  Those who actually finish.  They’re the only ones with the ability to completely finish.  He’s saying we are the true believers, the ones who continue on to the finish.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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