Prelude to Light
The Blood of the Lamb
Slain before the Foundation of the World.
And almost all things are by the Law [Torah] purged with blood;
and without the shedding of blood there is no remission.
(Hebrews 9 verse 22.)
God's Word was given First to the Jew and Jewish Converts.
Portions of the church/Ecclesia have developed gross misconceptions concerning the intent of the letter written to the Hebrews. The Epistle to the Hebrews was not designed by the writer, perhaps Paul, to be parsed over, and erroneously deemed to be God's doctrine speaking to the gentile church. The main purpose of the letter was to redress the Jewish converts who came to Messiah/Christ, but were vacillating in their understanding of God's New Covenant in the Blood of Christ Jesus verses the old Mosaic covenant in the blood sacrifice's of animals. Therefore the writer sought to bring to the Jewish convert a greater clarification to the superiority of God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of the righteous Man Yeshua haMashiach, (Jesus, the Christ of God,) Who was crucified to death for the remission of the sins of man-kind. While it is understood that the Spirit of the Letter to the Hebrews is set in the Truth that is Christ Jesus, nevertheless let us glean properly its contents with the help of God's Spirit of Wisdom.
For unto which of the angels said God at
any time: Thou art My Son
this day have I begotten Thee.
(See Psalm 2 verse 7 and Hebrews 1 verse 5.)
And to the Son, the Almighty God declares of Christ:
Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy Kingdom. Thou has loved
righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee with
the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.
(Compare the strength of God's Covenant Words in the old and yet the new Hebrews 1 verse 8 thru 12, and Psalm 45 verse 6 thru 7, and Psalm 102 verse 24 thru 28, and Psalm 110 verse 1.)
The From the beginning of Elohim's Salvation Word of Promise, given in the Garden of Eden, the Infinite God's justice was at work. The first Man/Adam rebelled against his Maker and brought sin and death to his prodigy, and now by a second Man/Adam, Who was Incarnately conceived in the genetic seed of the first Woman/Ishshah, God would bring about the destruction of evil with the love and obedience of the Last Adam, as the Son of Man.
The prophet Isaiah bore witness to the rebellious Jewish king Ahaz of the power of the Almighty's Word as the Almighty speaks to the house of David: Therefore, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His Name shall be Immanuel. (See Isaiah 7 verse 14 thru 16.) Approximately 365 years later, in the sixth month of the Jewish calendar, Gabriel, the angel of the Lord appeared unto a Hebrew woman named Mary and said: Fear not Mary, for thou has found favor with God. And behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and you shall call His Name Jesus/Yeshua. Then said Mary to the Angel, "How shall this be seeing I know not man. And the angel answered her saying: "The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: Therefore that Holy Thing, Which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God". (See Luke 1 verse 26 thru 38.) Jesus/Yeshua, as the Incarnate Son of His Father Yahweh, would be born the Last true genetic Son of Adam, and then as the unblemished Man, He would totally fulfill God's Garden Promise with His Sacrificial Love and perfect obedience to His Father God: Thus Yeshua haMashiach with His crucifixion death and resurrection into Life, brought the Salvation of Yahweh to the dead in sin. For God so Loved/Agapeo the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, so that whosoever believes IN Christ/Messiah's suffering, death, burial and His resurrection into the Life of His Eternal Father, then they that are born of Christ's Spirit also would enter into that very Life of Christ.
For you are dead, and your Life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is our Life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in Glory. (See Colossians 3 verse 1 thru 4.)
Now that the Word of God was conceived in the genetic flesh from the first Adam, then as Man, Jesus Christ totally fulfilled the righteousness of the Law, and He became our Righteousness, bringing an end to the works of the Law of obedience that could never justify sinful man kind. Therefore the former works with the animal sacrifices in the Mosaic Covenant were of none affect and an affront to God, for the Almighty gave the Love of His Only Begotten Son, Yeshua, for the sins of the world that are condemned by the Decalogue (Ten Commandments). With the coming advent of the Promised Messiah, the prophet Isaiah had indeed warned the future Jew of God's rebuke to this matter of the token former animal sacrifices for sin: "He that kills an ox, is as if he slew a man. He that sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck. He that offers an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood. He that burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yes, they have chosen their ways, and their souls delight in their abominations. (See Isaiah 66 verse 1 thru 5.) In the Jewish minds, their rituals dedicated to God, allowed them to continue in their sins unabated. The duties of the Levitical priesthood with their daily animal sacrifices, is the 'work of sacrifice' made for the sins of the people of Israel, but as we have seen in Scripture the sacrifices are berated and abolished in God's New Covenant in the Life Blood of His Beloved Son. The Law in Commandments is spiritual, and spiritually the 10 Commandments works condemnation within human offences: For the carnal man there are no human efficacious works that mediate offences committed against the Law of God's 10 spiritual Commandments. In the Mosaic law or outside of the law, any acts of human self-righteousness before the Infinite God Almighty is as filthy rags. (Consider Romans 2 verse 9 thru 15.) Too avoid confusion in the Law then see "The Law, a Quagmire of Confusion".
Immanuel, Christ Jesus the Word of God with us, having come of necessity to be born in the original genetic flesh of the fallen first Adam, became the total fulfillment of the Heart of the Mosaic Covenant, and as God's High Priest, Christ Jesus the Man is the only Entrance into His Father's Throne Room of Grace. Yahweh God, the Creator of time, oversaw the keeping of the genetics of the first Man/Adam through the genetics of God's chosen Hebrews.
Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: For He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need. (Hebrews 4 verse 14 thru 16.)
There is a gross lack of understanding in sects of Christianity that have created many errors in the interpretation of Hebrews. Those gross errors have essentially dismissed God's New Covenant Table of Grace. The Grace of God's Table is administered through the Almighty's Holy Spirit of Grace in Christ Jesus that provides the only Entrance into Yahweh God's Holiest Sanctuary through the Body and Blood of His only Begotten Son and our High Priest, Jesus/Yeshua haMashiach: For Jesus the Christ of God states an absolute fact: "No one comes to the Father except by Me." The Apostle Paul asks rhetorical questions in the following passage of Divine Inspiration. I speak as to wise men: Judge all of you of what I say: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the Communion of the Blood of Christ? The Bread which we break, is it not the Communion of the Body of Christ? For we being many are one Bread and One Body; for we are all (to be) partakers of that One Bread. (1st Corinthians 10 verse 15 thru 17.) And the many that are in the One Bread that is the Body of Christ Jesus, needs the Life giving Blood of God's Christ that flows from God's Spirit of Grace that gives Life to the many in the Body of Christ Jesus. This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin. Truly, Truly I say unto you, Except you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, You have no Life you. There is no life in sin, but only death period. The sinful flesh and blood of man kind does not inherit the kingdom of God, and neither does that nature of death come into the presence of the Almighty God of the Living, Period.
The Letter to the Hebrews was written as an exhortation to the new believing Jews, and was written by a redeemed Jewish author, who knew the workings of the Mosaic Law, with its priesthood and the settings of the earthly Tabernacle made by the hands of earthly man. The redeemed author was warning the new Jewish converts to not waver in their new found faith in what is the absolute sufficiency of God's New and Eternal Covenant Sacrifice in the Life Blood of the Almighty's only Begotten Son, Yeshua/Jesus. All things of the Gospel pertain to the Eternal's Unfailing Word of Promise, that Elohim gave in the Garden of Eden, and His Holy Word was conceived in the ovum of the Hebrew Woman named Mary; for indeed God's Word of Promise must be born of the genetic flesh of the first Adam/Man. We witness in chapters 9 and 10 of the Letter addressed to the Hebrews, that the new Jewish converts, having come to a new faith in God, were being warned not to return to the sanctuary, made by human hands, and fall back on the Jewish animal sacrifices that the Levitical priesthood performed in their 'daily work' for the sins of the people of Israel. For indeed, the life blood of an animal can never take away the sin within guilty man, for the animal is a far lesser being than what Elohim, in the Garden of Eden, originally created in His own Image and Likeness.
With the Selfless Sacrifice of God's Christ, now and forever, the old animal sacrifices for sin, along with the Levitical priesthood, had been remitted by Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh the Lord God Almighty. (See Hebrew 10 verse 18.) But now Christ Jesus the Man, has made for us an entrance into the Holiest Place of His Father with His perfect Sacrifice of Love to His Father. The Heavenly Entrance into the Holiest Place, not made with human hands, is gained only through the veil that is the flesh of our High Priest, the faithful Man Jesus/Yeshuah the Messiah, cleansing us with the sprinkling of His Sanctifying Life Blood: I AM the Way, I AM the Truth, I AM the Life of man. No one comes to the Father except by Me. Sin remains innately in the nature of our flesh, and the flesh does not ever come into the Presence of Holy Yahweh God Almighty. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4 verse 23 thru 24.) For it is the Spirit that bears Witness, because the Spirit is Truth. (1st John 5 verse 6.)
That One Entrance into the Holiness of His Father God is only though Christ Jesus the Truth of the Spirit of God. The disciples of the Way and the Truth and the Life are to remember the full strength of God's New Covenant of Love that is forever established in the Holy Blood Sacrifice of Yahweh's only Begotten Son Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah. Christ's Provisions for abundant Life are established in the Truth of the Eternal Word of His Father, and ministered in and through God's Spirit of Grace. (See 1st Corinthians 10 verse15 thru 17.)
Christ Jesus gave Himself as a Presentation Offering (Chagigah) to His Father God, for the Last Adam and Son of Man presented to Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, a Son's Perfect Love and Obedience; and now Holy Yahweh was eternally pleased, for indeed His Holy Word did not return to Him void. (See all of Isaiah 55 verse 3 thru 11.) The first Adam/Man brought death to all of mankind, but God's Word conceived in the original generational flesh of Adam, returned to the Almighty God in absolute victory over man's sin and death, and Christ's victory established God's Covenant Word of Truth given to save man kind. Therefore, Yahweh God Almighty said to His Holy One: Thou art My Son: (Psalm 2 verse 7.) And then, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110 verse 4.) (See text from Hebrews 5 verse 5 thru 10.) We all, believing Jew and Gentile alike, can find corrective relief from our omission or commission of our confessed sin's of our earthly flesh, for they are covered over by the Perfect Love of our High Priest, the Man Christ Jesus: For all confessed sin is propitiated within the Communal Thanksgiving Offering of the Messiah's Body and Life Blood. The Lord of creation, knowing that we are but fallen flesh, inaugurated at His Passover Table of Unleavened Bread, His Communion within Him, so we would come to the full knowledge of the sanctifying TRUTH that is Christ. We eat in the Spirit of Faith of the One Bread of Heaven and are cleansed in the Life Blood of Christ's Spirit of Holiness, so that we may boldly enter into the Presence of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh Lord God Almighty and present our supplications to His Throne of Grace. (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 25.)
Beholding the Truth, now let us understand Hebrews 10 verse 26: For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth (that is Christ Jesus); then there remains no more sacrifices for sin. First of all, the verse is addressing the converted Jew that is confused between the Mosaic sacrifices of animals for sin, and that of the all sufficiency of Christ's Sacrifice for sin. The animal sacrifices for sins in the old Mosaic covenant are now 'dead works' of confusion, for these works have been done away in Christ Jesus the Man/Adam with His Life giving Blood of God's New Covenant of Grace. Today, much of the church/ecclesia like the converted Jew, is in dogmatic confusion on this essential point, for they do not understanding the fullness of God's New Blood Covenant in His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
To the Jew, the Author of Hebrews says: This is the time that you ought to be teachers, but you have need that one teach you again the first principles of the Word of God. (See Hebrews 5 verse 9 thru 14.) In these verses the writer of Hebrews is admonishing the Jews, as if they were babes in need of the pabulum of the Word of God, rather than skilled individuals who would know the way of righteousness. And so we rehearse again the first oracle of God into the ears of the confused.
God Almighty instituted the original Covenant in the blood of the animals of sacrifice, whereby the many ordered covenant sacrifices were to be maintained by the Levitical priesthood of Israel as a rite that God established for His forgiveness of the acknowledged sins of the repentant children of Israel. The people of Israel were not to be ignorant of sin, for the Decalogue of Commandments was given to Moses on Mount Sinai to expose the corrosive nature of sin within the contrite spirit of the minds of the children of Israel. Afterwards, the Wisdom of God established His Council of conduct within the whole of the Torah/Instructions that He gave to Moses. All of the Instructions were designed to protect the True genetic lineage of Adam through the faithful children of Israel, until God's promised Messiah of the Garden of Eden, would come in the genetic flesh of God's creation of the first Adam, and defeat sin and death in His flesh as the Son of Adam/Man. (See Creation of Man.)
Please understand; Elohim's original Covenant Word was given in the Garden of Eden, and could only be made true within the pure genetic race from His beginning creation of the first Man/Adam. God would protect His Covenant Word of Truth, and for this reason alone, the Hebrew race from Israel became known as God's chosen people. It was at the time of Israel's deliverance from Egypt that Israel's children voiced their acceptance of God's Covenant agreement at Mount Sinai. The Covenant agreement would continue until the Hebraic Messianic Man of God's Heart should come forth from from the seed of Woman/Ishshah, just as Elohim had promised in the Garden of Eden. It was absolutely imperative that God's Salvation Word (Yeshuah) would not fail in any point of God's Promised deliverance, but from the beginning, the TRUTH would be in the true genetic image of the first Adam by way of the Hebrew genetics, that would be found in the ovum seed of the Virgin Woman Mary. The Hebrew virgin Mary, being in the lineage of King David would have been of the true genetics of Adam, and with God's intervention in His creation of time, He would have protected the genetic lineage of His Word of creation in Adam. God's Eternal Word is undefiled in His creation of all time: and so Jesus the Christ of God, as a Genetic Son of Adam, and in His absolute obedience to His Holy Father God, would totally fulfill God's Promised Word of Salvation for sinful man kind. (See Acts 2 verse 29 thru 31.)The physical genetics of God's Christ of the last Adam, could not be of a hybridization of man from wicked angelic being, but had to be of God's very good creation of the first Adam. (See The Last Adam.)
The first earthly Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, but the likeness of God, being God's Holy Spirit of Life, departed from Adam because of Adam's idolatrous treason against his Maker. In absolute contrast, Christ Jesus was not 'created' by God like the the first Adam, but was conceived by the Word of the Spirit of God His Father, and the Spirit of God's Word gave Life to the solitary ovum within the Hebrew virgin womb of Mary: And the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among His creation of man, and we beheld His Glorious Grace and Truth, as the only begotten of His Father. The Glorious Spirit of God is full of Grace and Truth, and Jesus/Yeshua was not limited in God's Spirit, but bore the fullness of the very Image and Likeness of the Spirit of His Father Yahweh God, the Almighty.
Yeshua (as Immanuel) would be revealed to Israel as the Incarnate Son of God from Adam's original genetics that God maintained in Ishshah/Women, for in the beginning, Elohim was well pleased with His first creation of Man/Adam, male and female. Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach was Elohim's Eternal Word that God promised in the Garden of Eden, and Immanuel would be born as the very last Man of Adam's original race of God's Mankind. This, is as it must be, for God's Word does not fail in one jot or tittle of His Word of Holiness. For the first Adam failed in his love of God, his Maker, and brought death to all of mankind, but Jesus Christ, the last Man/Adam, Being of the pure genetic seed of the first Adam of the earth, Loved His Father in perfect obedience, and in His resurrection from the dead, Christ has become a quickening Spirit of Life that destroys the power of Satan and his seed of sin with sin's corruption of death. (See Hebrews 9 verse 11 thru 14.)
The One and only Sacrifice that was and is acceptable to Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty was and is that of His only begotten Son, conceived by God's Holy Spirit of Grace and born of the flesh of Adam/Man. Jesus/Yeshuah alone, as Man, has totally annihilated and supplanted the old covenant sacrifices of animals for the sins of the people.
Default Theology born of Ignorance of the Holiness of the Almighty
However, much of the leadership of the protestant churches have established their own false doctrine that continually misconstrues the intentions of the Letter to the Hebrews that was written too clarify to the Jewish believers of the fullness of God's New Covenant in the Sacrificial Blood of Jesus Christ. The protesting teachers on this Holy Matter, dismisses God's Covenant of continuing Sanctifying Grace within His Holy Provisions in our Communion within the Body and Life Blood of the Almighty's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Now the Truth of Holy Communion is erroneously seen as a superfluous doctrine of superstitious men. The ignorant teachings of finite man has supplanted the fullness of the Infinite Holy God's New Covenant Doctrine eternally established in the Life Giving Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach.
Sin begets sin and the nature of man is mired in self that elevates it self before others and commends ourselves to Holy God. Within the idolatry of man there are many of those that are wise in their own separatist dogma, and have declared themselves to have a clear understanding of scripture and are no longer accountable to sin. This is not wise according to 2nd Corinthians 10 verse 11 thru 13. For contrary wise, the Word of God says: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us. If we say that we have no sin, we make God a liar, and His Word is not in us. (See 1st John 1 verse 8 thru 10.) The enemy of our souls is well pleased, as we allow sin to continually annul the imperative of repentance and the sanctification in the Communion Blood of Jesus Christ.
Without the Life Blood of our High Priest Jesus Christ, there is no entrance into the Presence of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty of the Living. Without humility there is no repentance, without repentance there is no remission of sin, without the remission of sin there is the absence of the cleansing Grace within the conscience of man through God's Holy Spirit of Grace. However, in our obedience to the Will of God, sin is not to have dominion over us, for in our repentance from sin, God's Spirit of Grace leads us in the Way, and the Truth and the Life of His Son, the Lord our Righteousness. (See Romans 6 verse 10 thru 18.)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty maintains through His Spirit of Grace, His cleansing Grace in the Life Blood of His Son, given for the sins of the flesh of believing man kind. Indeed, Salvation and Justification by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus, our Righteousness, has come to the believing soul, but nevertheless, the nature of idolatrous sin remains in the corrupting idolatrous flesh of our fallen humanity. Sanctification of the flesh is by God's Spirit of Grace within God's New Covenant established in the Life Blood of Jesus Christ. (See Revelation 21 verse 5 thru 7.) The believer can not serve God in the strength of his flesh, but we serve God by His Spirit of Grace, becoming ambassadors of God through the Grace of the Holy Spirit of the living. Witness for yourselves that God's Holy Spirit is the Fountain of Life: For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the Fountain of Living Waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2 verse 13.)
The absolute perfection of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty requires absolute perfection for anyone to come within His Holy Sanctuary that is made without the hands of man, and into His Holy Presence. This required perfection could never be achieved by sinful mankind, nor could the blood sacrifices of animals that were continually performed by the sin laden priest of the old covenant make for an easy entrance into the tabernacle made by the hand of man. Only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Rosh Hashanah) occurring on the 1st of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, was the high priest of Israel allowed to enter with fear and trepidation into the Holy of Holies to present the sprinkling of the blood of animals upon the mercy seat of the Tabernacle.
Hear again, the amplified Wisdom of the Word of God and consider the scripture in context with the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus: The Life of the flesh is in the Blood, and I have given it [the Life Blood] to you upon the sacrificial altar, to make an atonement for your souls. It will be Christ's Life Blood alone that makes an atonement for the soul of the believer. (See Leviticus 17 verse 11.)
The blood, signifying its relativity to life, was the ensign of God's first Covenant that was to be settled in the heart of Israel. The temporary propitiation of an animal's blood was excised before the altar, twice daily for the sins of the people. Then once a year on the 10th day of the 7th month, was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) that occurred just before the seven day Feast of Tabernacles. On this one day, the people of Israel would fast and afflict their soul in repentance to sin, and then the priest would offer up to God the blood of a sacrificed bull and that of a goat. This one time of the year, the sacrificial blood of the sacrificed bull, for the sins of the high priest, was carried by the high priest, beyond the temple veil, into the holiest of the earthly tabernacle to be sprinkled with a finger seven times on both the east and then the west side of the Mercy Seat of the Arc of the Covenant. Then for the sins of the people the blood of the goat was presented before the Mercy Seat in exactly the same manner as that of the bullock. After coming out of the temple the second time, the high priest would anoint the four horns on the altar with a mixture of the blood of the sacrificed bull and goat, and then sanctify the altar seven times in the manner that he had done with the blood upon the Arc of the Covenant. When this was accomplished, then the priest laid his hands upon the second he-goat to transfer the sins of the people of Israel to the scapegoat that was to be released in the wilderness. It would appear that our Lord Jesus Christ is God's scapegoat for the sins of the world. (See Isaiah 53.)(On this matter, please read thru Edersheim's scape goat.)
God's Highest standards of holiness have not changed, for He desires the willing heart of His people to come to Him through God's Provisions within the Spirit of Immanuel our Living Mediator, Jesus Christ, and not in the old perfunctory blood offerings of God's own animal creations. God's Covenant was with His Word, given in the Garden of Eden, establishing that the genetic seed of His creation of Adam would be perpetuated through Adam's wife, whom Adam first named Ishshah meaning Woman. The children of Israel, in their carnality, would fail many times to keep the heart of God's divine purpose that He declared from the beginning to bring forth His Salvation WORD in the seed of Ishshah, as the genetic Son of the first Man. Israel's unfaithfulness would break the heart of their Covenant with the Word of God, and no amount of animal sacrifices could ever suffice for their failures, then and now. God, in His Eternal Understanding, would bring judgments upon the children of Israel, to segregate the True Seed of His Promised Salvation. God, faithful to His Word, would oversee time's circumstances, and in His foreknowledge, bring forth His Word of Salvation conceived in the ovum of Mary, a generational daughter of Adam, and she would give birth to the Incarnate Son of Adam. Now that Messiah has come, God's Eternal Sacrifice for sin and death is accomplished once and for all time, for His Sacrifice of Jesus/Yeshua, has risen from the dead as the Son of Man/Adam.
With God's purposeful intervention with His chastisement of the diminishing remnant seed of Israel, He would bring forth His Word of Salvation and the Promised Messiah would be conceived by the Spirit of the Word of God, within God's original genetic creation of Adam/Man. The first Adam was of the earth, and the rebellious self centered will of his flesh lusting for power, made him void of the Spirit of God. The Second Adam was the True Bread from Heaven conceived in the flesh of Man. In that the Heart of this Man, Christ Jesus was perfect toward God, even with His passion unto His Crucifixion death, God was forever pleased to raise Him from the dead, revealing that this Man's one Perfect Offering of Love is excepted of God, and God has put all things under His Feet, until death is ultimately destroyed. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 20 thru 28.)
The daily offering of the sacrificial animal for sin, only precipitated the eventual death of the performing Levitical priest, who was bound in his own sin and death. Likewise the sacrifice of the animal also precipitated the death of the people who were of the priest's like corrupted nature. (See Hebrews 10 verse 11 thru 12.) The sacrificial offering of the life blood of an animal of its kind, could never give life to the souls of man that are of its kind, and are all of man-kind are dead in their own nature of sinful corruption. But now the Word of God at the Will of His Father, has come down from heaven as the True Bread of Heaven and was born of the flesh of Adam/Man; So then it is this Man after He had offered His one sacrifice for sin, forever sat down on the right hand of His Holy Father. The Jew was to understand that there are no more continuing sacrifices of animals to set aside the sin of mankind. For while the first covenant stood only in dead works offered in meats, and drinks, and various washings, and in carnal ordinances imposed on them until the time of reformation (a return to God's first order). For God's Faith is Living fully in the Way, the Truth and the Life of men that is in Christ Jesus Alone. Christ Jesus/Yeshua, having died once for sin, and raised by the Spirit of God from the dead, reveals God's eternal satisfaction with the Man Jesus Christ's and His perfect Presentation Offering of Himself, and has ended all animal sacrifices forever, as well as the carnal sacrifices of all of sinful mankind. Now with the remission (obliteration) of these is (meaning animal sacrifices), there is no more (animal) sacrifices for sin. (Hebrews 10 verse 18.) The sin of the first Adam brought death to all of mankind, but the Sacrificial death of the Last Adam with His sinless Life as a Man, has conquered death for all time that is revealed in His Resurrection from the dead: And now His Life giving Spirit would bring Life to the souls of all of sinful man kind that believe in God's Saving Gift of Life in Yeshua haMashiach, Jesus the Christ of God.
Therefore, remember the "Therefore" in the next passages that ties Holy God's Covenant as One Spirit in the Body and Blood of God's Offering of His only Begotten Son. Having "therefore" brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest place by the Blood of Jesus/Yeshua, by a new and living Way, which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say His Flesh (The Bread of Life); and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith (in God's Word), having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience (by His Blood) and our bodies (of sin) washed with pure water (by God's Spirit of Holiness). (See Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.) Note that our fleshly bodies of sin were initially washed in the Fountain Water that flows from the Spirit of Grace in Christ Jesus.
Let us understand God's Truth is the Person of Christ Jesus, for the True Bread of Heaven inaugurated the only entrance into the very Holy of Holies made without hands, through our Fellowship/Communion/Koinonia with God's Word of Truth. Now by the Faith of Christ, we have the True Entrance into heavens Holiest Place into the Presence of His Holy, Holy, Holy Father, Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty, by entering through the Veil of the Unleavened Bread of Christ's Body, having cleansed the spirit of our contrite minds with Christ's purifying Blood.
This is My Blood of the New Covenant that is shed for many for the remission of sin.
Only absolute holiness will satisfy God's Holy Requirements to come into His Presence. I AM the Way, and I AM the Truth, and I AM the (Perfection of the) Life of men: No one comes to the Father except by Me: says our High Priest, the Lord and the Man, Jesus Christ.
In order to totally fulfill God's unfailing Word in the Garden of Eden concerning the Promised Messiah, then the True Hebrew Lord Jesus Christ, the True Bread of Heaven, Who became the Son of Man, (and yet Emmanuel) must preside at His Table during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. You will take notice in the Books of Matthew and Mark that while the disciples were yet eating of the flesh of the old covenant that Jesus/Yeshua brought to a close the old Covenant in the sacrificial blood of animals, when He inaugurated the Everlasting Covenant in the fullness of His Body and Blood. For the Word said: Sacrifices and offerings Thou would not accept, but a body Thou prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou had no pleasure therein. Then said I: Lo, I come to do Thy will O God. (See Hebrews 10 verse 4 thru 10 . and compare it with the Septuagint's correct Psalm 40 verse 6.) The author no doubt used the Greek Septuagint Scriptures for reference, but the word 'body' is missing in the English transliterations of Psalm 40 verse 5. The Word, as the Christ of God, fulfills the heart of the Scriptures; for He takes away the first (covenant) that He may establish the second (Covenant). Take and eat: This IS My Body. Now with the Third Cup of Blessing, Jesus/Yeshua inaugurated God's New Covenant in His Life Blood, given for the remission of the current sins of admission for all baptized believers. In God's New Covenant for fallen mankind, Yahweh established His finale Eternal Covenant in the perfect sacrifice of the selfless Life of the Incarnate Son of Man/Adam. (See Hebrews 9 verse 23 thru 28.) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many: and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto Salvation. Whereby, we are set apart through the offering of the (Whole) Body of Jesus Christ once, for all.
In God's New Covenant, the Torah is being fulfilled with the birth of Emmanuel and then with the crucifixion death and resurrection of Jesus/Yeshua the Christ of God, all is fulfilled and there are no more animal sacrifices too satisfy the sin of man kind. (See Isaiah 66 verse 1 thru 4.) The only sacrifice that is pleasing to Holy God Almighty is the one selfless Sacrifice (Chagagah) of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, Who was conceived by God's Spirit of Grace in the genetic flesh of Mary, a genetic daughter from the lineage of "Women" (Ishshah), the wife that God took from the side of the first Adam/"Man".
God's New Covenant of Grace calls the baptized believers to His Table of Grace, to participate in remembrance of God's Holy Sanctifying Provisions in the Body and the Life Blood of Christ Jesus. The incarnate Son of Man, as the Holy One of God Almighty, and being One with His Eternal Father, instituted at His Passover Table, with the Sanctifying Spirit of His Father's Word the New Covenant of Grace in His Life Blood. Drink of this, all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. For God so Loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life. And to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at My Word.
Jesus Christ alone, as the Son of Man, has met God's Highest of Standards that is at the core of His Mind's heart, so that His children born of the faith in God's Salvation Gift have gained an entrance into the Holiest of Yahweh's Heavenly Tabernacle through God's faithful High Priest, Jesus Christ, made forever after the order of Melchizedek. But [This Incarnate Son of Adam] by His own Blood (Chagigah offering) He entered in once [for all time] into the Holy of Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9 verse 12.) (Please see again Hebrews 10 verse 19 thru 23.)
God's New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus Christ, was established on the evening of the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread, and occurred hours before Jesus the Christ was crucified to death on that 15th day of Nisan. Christ Jesus is the manifest Power and the Wisdom of God, and as the Eternal WORD of His Father Yahweh, Jesus took the unleavened Bread and said to His disciples Take and eat: For this is My Body given for you: And the wine after supper He gave thanks to God and said: Drink of this, all of you: For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sin. (See 1st Corinthians 1 verse 23 thru 25, Matthew 26 verse 27 thru 28,).
After His resurrection, Jesus said unto His Disciple: Thus it is written, and so it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name
all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
(See Luke 24 verse 45 thru 48.)
The Truth of God has spoken and His Holiness will not repent. God has called man kind to repentance from our own destruction, knowing full well that the flesh of man has an arrogant tendency to subjugate the Word of God to accommodate its own self belief system of twisted theology. Unbelief, in the Truth of the Word of God, perpetuates the self centered sins of the perishing flesh of our fallen humanity, and these same unrepentant sins, continues to bring death to relationships, as well as to our selves. But the Holy Spirit of the Eternal Light of God, is absolutely One with the Life and Soul that is in the sacrificial Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God's Word of Grace is a never-ending Wellspring of the Water of Salvation Life in Christ Jesus, and Yahweh God Almighty has given His Eternal Word "To Be" the renewal of New Covenant Life, to those, who have a new essence of heart and soul that lives by faith in the Sacrificial Life Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Life is in the Blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls. (Leviticus 17 verse 11.) The offering of the life of a sacrificial beast of the field for the sins of the people, by a Levitical priest, had no permanency and perishes with its use from year to year: But the Word of God made the flesh of the last Adam, Who was then crucified and raised from the dead, is Eternal through the Holy Spirit of the Eternal God of Life, for He raised the Man Christ Jesus from the dead. (See Hebrews 10 verse 11 thru 14, and Hebrews 5 verse 8 thru 10.)
If you will look at the above linked scriptures than you should perceive that sanctification is a continuing process after our initial cleansing in water baptism into the Body of Christ. Now the sons of God, who are being set apart from sin are led with an obedience to the Spirit of Life . Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a Witness to us: for after that He had said before [hand]: This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is [their sins and iniquities of the flesh], there is no more offering for sin. (Hebrews 10 verse 15 thru 18.) Understand this: God's New Covenant is indeed, a one and done in the completion of the Son of Man, Christ Jesus, with His one selfless sacrificial death for sin, being confirmed with His resurrection over sin's power of death. But in God's Wisdom, the Sanctification in the New Blood Covenant by God's Spirit of Grace is not a one and done: For those who have entered into God's New Covenant of Love in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of His Law's govern the heart of the matter. The Covenant Laws of His Kingdom, remain set in His two Great Commandments of Love/Agape, whereby His Covenant provision for the remission of the transgressions of the flesh, affecting the heart and soul, are indelibly set in the Body and Blood of our High Priest Jesus the Christ of Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty. The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at My right hand, until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool. The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (See verses in concert Psalm 2, and Psalm 110.)
He that eats My Flesh and Drinks My Blood dwells in Me and I in Him. The Words I speak unto you, They are Spirit and They are Life. The Salvation Word of the Eternal Yahweh God is inextricably bound in the shed Blood of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus/Yeshua. The Perfection of the Life of the Father, and the same Perfection of Life in His obedient Son was given as a Perfect Sacrifice for sin, in the shed Blood of the Word of God that is Christ Jesus the Last Adam. In Christ the Man, and with His resurrection from the dead, Yahweh God indeed magnified His Word over His Name, for the Perfection of Life in His Word Christ Jesus, overcame humanity's corruption of sin and death. Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I AM the Light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life. (See John 6 verse 12, John 14 verse 6 thru 7.)
This then is the message we have heard of Him and declare to you: That God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all. If there is no darkness whatsoever in the God of all Light, then where does that put us with our sins of decaying flesh? If we say that we have "Communion" with Jesus, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not do the Truth. For if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have "Communion" one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanses us from all sin. (See 1st John 1 verse 5 thru 10.) The Spirit of the Grace God, delivers to us the Sacrificial Life Blood of Jesus Christ, so that we may have Communion/Koinonia/Fellowship with Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty, and with each other, for God is faithful and just to cleanse our confessed sins of the flesh. That which is yet hidden, remains in our flesh of self idolatry.
There is no Love/Agapao in the darkness of sin, for the Almighty Yahweh God, does not have fellowship with our darkness. Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty cannot not deny His Nature nor change His Nature to accommodate the dark nature of fallen man kind. But, in His Holy Nature there is yet mercy for those of repentance who seek God's mercy in His Salvation Word that is born of Faith within the souls of man kind. Jesus Christ is the constancy of the Word of the Truth of God, Who created the universe, and holds all things together in subjection to His Word of Infinite Power: And Jesus is the same constancy of Truth, Who sets the prisoner free from their chains of sin that shackles the fallen self centered nature of human flesh. If we say we have no sin, then we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. If the Truth, Jesus Christ, is not in us, then we do not walk in fellowship with the Light of the world, and will be like the five foolish virgins with no oil in their lamps. The only entrance into the Wedding Feast will be closed to those who have no Light from the Spirit of God. (Matthew 25 verse 1 thru 13.)
If we say we have not sinned, We make God a liar and His Word is not in us. In any moment of time, all of God's covenant people will be forgetful hearers of the Word and Truth of God, setting our idolatrous selves as first, especially in our judgment of others with our own interpretation of scripture. The idolatrous deception of the flesh, within the neuronal mind of all of man kind, remains in a tangle of self idolatrous confusion. What we think in our own self justifying minds of flesh to be true and good for us, may be perceived as false and evil to others. Can you not hear the old mantras? "Do as I say and not as I do". Then again, "Actions speak louder than words", and yet what is rightly heard should provoke right actions. Now consider Hannah's prayer: There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside Thee: neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogances come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed. (See 1st Samuel 2 verse1 thru 10.)
In our day to day lives, we are prone to forget that we were bought with a price, and that price was the Sacrificial Sanctifying Life Blood of God's Perfect Incarnate Son of Man, for Jesus Loved His Father and us, perfectly. Having heard, in the gospel, of God's mercy, we now think we are OK in our own minds, and have safely arrived, so that we can do no wrong. We are all right in our own eyes, because the opinion of our selves is transfixed in the me, myself and I, as being seen as first in our supreme understanding of all matters of choosing life or death.
The ruling flesh of the spirit of our minds has not all of a sudden changed into perfection, but in Truth, requires an ongoing metamorphic change by the cutting edges of the Sword of the Spirit that is one with the Life Saving Blood of Jesus Christ. When we come to Christ Jesus, our unseen souls may be saved, having our past sins of the former man dissolved in the Holy Spirit's serum waters of our baptism into Christ Jesus, but the question remains: What do we do with the demands of the innate sin of selfish flesh that is ingrained within our fallen humanity? Who can understand this continuing battle that we have with the flesh of our minds? The sin within our unredeemed flesh, blinds us, so that we may no longer see ourselves as sinners of omission or commission. The error lies with the teachers that only teach that Christ's Sacrifice is done once and for all, but fail to understand and convey that Christ's Sacrifice transcends space and time, and His Covenant Word remains effectual for covenant members of His Body that are nevertheless, sinners of the flesh. Yes, I absolutely agree that Christ Jesus died once for the forgiveness of the sins of the whole world, but because we yet live in this flesh we still need to appropriate God's forgiveness, beginning with a humility that repents before Holy God, and acknowledges our need of God's New Covenant repair in His Spirit within the Life Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Without partaking of God's remedy in faith, you can be sure that our self loving sin will find us out.
Again, Jesus Christ/Yeshua haMashiach 'is' the expressed WORD of God, and then having come in the flesh of Adam as God with us, He speaks with the total sufficiency of the Will of His Father, and in that Supreme authority, He continually holds all things together in the universe, including His Body of faithful believers. Having come to God in their repentance from sin, the faithful souls of believers would have been baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, and as members of His Body, our souls are raised within Him in the power of His resurrection Life. Jesus, being the very essence of God, came to the earth by the will of His Father, and became the perfect genetic seed and Son of Man; and because of the power of His sacrificial Love, Jesus Christ, the Man, through His suffering and death became the perfect Lamb of God, whereby His Life Blood takes away the sins of the world. Thus, God, Who is timeless, has seen the faithful, as being dead in Christ with sins ungodly self seeking judgments, being laid to rest within the dead corpse of His Son Jesus Christ. But now, with Jesus having been raised again with His Father's Commandment for Life, the Father sees the faithful believer as the recipient of the Lord's resurrection into holiness, born of God's Love. God is Love, and in the Almighty's Covenant of Love, He provides through His Holy Spirit of Grace, the sanctifying Life Blood of Jesus Christ's overcoming Love, given for each and every repentant member of His Body. For he that drinks the Blood of the New Covenant in faith, shall little by little be cut off from the old sinful nature of the flesh. For we are to endeavor to be renewed in the spirit of our mind: And that we would put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4 verse 23 thru 24.)
In the revealing visionary dream, we called "Seeing the Sword of the Spirit", God's Holy Spirit of Grace confirmed to me the absolute significance of the Covenant Blood of our Lord Yeshuah! God's New Blood Covenant with man, may be continually ratified within each of the believers, through God's Spirit of refreshing Grace, with our active participation in the Communion Body and the shed Blood of God's very own WORD and Son Jesus Christ. For the WORD of GOD says: This is My Blood of the New Covenant shed for many for the remission of sin. So then, every time we come together to worship God as the Body of Christ, it should be to participate in our Savior's Body, whose members we are, and drink of the Spirit of His Sanctifying Life Blood that covers the multitude of confessed and unknown sins. In the collective Body of Jesus, we come to worship God, in Spirit and Truth within the exaltation of the spirit of our heart and soul, and not with the encumbrances of self centered flesh. The New Covenant Life, in the Power of God, is made possible by Way of the Blood of the Lamb of God, slain from before the foundation of the world: To which end, we would glorify God in our faith in Him, where all things are possible.
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