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Once For All

John Collins08/22/2012

In Hebrews 9, Paul gives us the promise that the Blood of Christ is sufficient for all.

Christ appeared as a High Priest.  He did not come in an earthly tent or tabernacle as the days of old, He came in one not made with hands.  In the times of antiquity, God came down into the holy places by the sacrifice of blood of goats and calves.  When Jesus came, however, God came down through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Christ was the sacrifice.

The blood of goats and bulls were not sufficient, and offered by impure flesh.  How much more powerful the blood of Christ!  How much more perfect His sacrifice, without blemish to God!  How much more powerful His offering, one that can purify our minds and remove the dead works of the law that had failed!

Christ is the mediator of the new covenant.  He stands between God and man as a mediator, so that all who are called can receive the promise of eternal life.  Because of His death, we are redeemed from all transgressions committed under the first covenant, the Mosaic Law!

Paul said that whenever there is a documented will, the death of the one who wrote the will must be established.  The will only takes effect at death, and cannot be enforced while the person who composed the will is alive.  Therefore, blood was required to fulfill the first covenant.  Under the law, almost everything was purified with blood.  Without the blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.

Paul went on to say that this was the reason it was necessary for the earthly copies of heavenly things to be purified.  Yet the heavenly things themselves have better sacrifices than these!  Christ entered into a tabernacle not made with hands, which was a copy of the earthly ritual, but took place in heaven itself.  He entered into the presence of God on our behalf!

Christ was not offered as a sacrifice repeatedly, as the high priest entered the holy places each year with sacrifice.  If this was required, then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world.  

Paul said this was not the case.  He appeared once for all!  He appeared at the end of the ages!  He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself!

Just as it is appointed once for a man to die and then return to face judgement, Christ died bearing the sins of many.  He will appear a second time, but not to face judgement or to deal with sin.  When Christ returns the second time, it is to save those who eagerly await His coming!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we eagerly awaiting His coming?  Are our hearts and minds right with God?  Are we at peace with our neighbors?  Have we applied His sacrifice?