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February 27, 2021 12:00 pm
Why is there no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood - and how does this work? Pastor Russ Andrews answers these questions as he explores Hebrews 9 and the idea of substitutionary atonement.
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Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious. I didn't look like you for everyone is here tonight. Just pray Lord that you would bless us with your presence on the you will if I gonna get you here with us this very moment, not credible that you take your word penetrate our minds and our hearts in Lowell where you know we've moved beyond the milk and were now eating that tenderloin meat in with deep in the swimming pool.
This is deep theology and load work on ethics on the mid-level thought, standing on a Niagara Falls or pray to God that you would help me to make it simple to God what you wrote you wanted to simplify you the one who can you give understanding and similar pray that you would give us understanding tonight. Help us to learn the majesty of the word of God to reveal so much truth about you, Lord, about the ultimate price you paid when you died on that cross is going that I pray. Amen. I've entitled to much message. Nothing but the blood were going to be looking at Hebrews Chapter 9 sod invite you to go ahead and take your Bibles and turn to Hebrews chapter 9 Leviticus 1711 says for the life of a creature is in the blood that was written that €3000.
Okay. And I think they figured out blood till you know about a thousand years after Christ was born really figured out the circulation. Everything I get the Bible tells us all the way back medically, that the life of a man is in the blood is my question. What's the big deal about the blood will according to the Bible is the biggest deal of all, if the Bible were in color pictures.
It would be a bloodied yes it would look like a battlefield with scattered caucuses cover the land site is what I want to do in the next few minutes I want to take a look at the history of blood in the Bible and I think you'll find this very interesting because God is trying to tell us something through the blood covenants so let's begin with Adam and Eve in Genesis chapter 3, after Adam and Eve sin. They realized that they were neck. It what they do. They attempted the first religious ritual recorded in the Bible by covering their neck in this with what fig leaves. Then they hear from God only as they try to see they were no longer innocent, and I felt shame in the guilt and guilt for the very first time you felt that way, shame and guilty.
What was God's response. The Q2 animals made garments of skin and clothing. This just as God said, death, and of the world due to man's sin.
However, God graciously covered Adam and Eve's neck in this and in so doing, God removed their guilt or shame. According to Dr. Mark de Haan God revealed the only way for sin to be dealt with and that is with substitutionary skins to remember that word substitutionary. He says this is ever God's order is never changed. He kills before he makes alive. He first brings down before he brings up. He makes poor before he makes rich here in Genesis chapter 3, we learned an important principle that reveals how sin must be dealt with and the author of Hebrews.
In fact, Hebrews chapter 9 verse 22 says, and without the shedding of blood there is no what the forgiveness in Genesis 15. The scene involves another bloodied mass into a modern audience. It may seem barbaric is if you read it you'll see that they God told Abraham to take some animals and cut them in half so you got five bloodied animals lying on the ground, cut in half and their spread apart.
Furthermore split in half with the half separated a short distance from each other in Abraham's time. This arrangement of divided caucuses would have been instantly recognized as the set up for making a blood covenant. A blood covenant. So back in the day to parties would confirm a blood agreement between them that if either did not abide by the promises.
Each had made it what it been done to the animals will be done to them. That's what color blood covenant. So the two parties who made that agreement would walk through those divided caucuses this is a form that blood agreement. However, what we learned in Genesis 15 is that God put Abraham into a deep sleep and then he alone passed through those divided Thursday caucuses so he what he was doing his God was making this unconditional promise to Abraham that he would be responsible alone. Not Abraham, but he would be responsible for care and all the promises that God made to Abraham to bless the world through his see and to give his descendents the promised land. In Genesis 17. The covenant of circumcision was instituted by God. Blood was shed when the foreskin was cut and this was another blood covenant was the son of God of the Israelites chose the Lord alone to be there God if they did not remain loyal and they would be cut off from the blessings of God are you following me in Genesis 22 God tested Abraham by sending him to Mount Moriah to sacrifice his one and only son by the name of what Isaac however right what is about to take the knife down the angel Lord called out to Abraham stop and Abraham looked up he saw a ram caught in a thicket. He took that ramp and sacrifice it on the altar in place and instead of Isaac is a here we learn another important principle is called the principle of substitutionary atonement is revealed by God what he was pointing to is that one day in Abraham's future seed would come from his body and he would be the ultimate substitute for you and me. That's what Jesus did, he saw substitute. He took your place and listen if you had been the only person in the world who ever believed he would've died on the cross just for you and next to chapter 12, the Israelites were instructed by Moses to kill an innocent lamb, one without defect and they will take take the blood of that innocent little lamb that I'm sure the children are grown attached to and this shows that you know death is painful they were to get blood and spread it over the door post of the houses of all the Israelites. Nothing even some the Egyptians that they believe what Moses said they could do the same thing and that night when the death Angel pass through Egypt to kill the firstborn of every mail both human and animal, including the son of Pharaoh that death Angel would pass over the houses where he saw what the blood so this became the first Passover pointing to the cross where would Jesus shed his blood that altar as it would. God looks down through history at the cross, he sees the blood. If you place your trust in Jesus and God's wrath passes over you. I get is that in Leviticus 16 we learn about the day of atonement that got established to deal with the sin of the Israelites, even the sin of the high priest's name was Erin his another word. What you learn. This is the word atonement is a very important theological word Paul writes in Romans chapter 3 verses 23 through 25 Amana by to pick up the pinnacle of the Bible you be Romans chapter 3 verses 21 through 25 is the pinnacle if you understand those for five verses that you understand the entire Bible is what Paul writes for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that important work that came by Christ Jesus.
God presented him as a is the phrase I want you to learn a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his what blood of the great war. Don't let a great word. The Greek word from which we get the phrase sacrifice of atonement is Hillis Terry on Hillis Terry on guess what, the mercy seat.
This, in the becomes Ark of the covenant is the same Greek word Hillis Terry on Hebrews 95 in the chapter for the night.
It says above the ark or the cherubim of the glory that is God's angels, and they were overshadowing the Hillis area on the mercy seat see the mercy seat. We talked about last week is that goal covering the covers off of the covenant with the 10 Commandments are is where the blood was sprinkled by the high priest. Guess what I want you to see tonight. With this in listen. I'm still learning this battle with this is that book right here. The jollity try to find a copy of the tabernacle by Mark de Haan.
I haven't been going up on the road about two or three chapters, this finished by next Tuesday night is a listen I'm so fired up about this is always one to understand the tabernacle is always been confusing so many details to see God is a God of details and Mark de Haan says writes this every deep detail does the author of this book every detail of the tabernacle points to some aspect of the person and work of our Savior, but in addition to being a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, the tabernacle becomes secondarily a picture of the believer of you in the Jesus was the tabernacle in whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt bodily effect when you read John 114 it says in the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us don't really says in the Greek this is in the Word became flesh and and he tabernacle with us. Jesus is the tabernacle and what we see here the believer in Christ is also the dwelling place of God is what Jesus said when I go away. I'm going to send another comforter, who take up residence within you, Jesus. Again, I will come and be with you is the spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, who lives within us is so we are both in Christ and Christ is in us the hope of glory how life is hid with Christ in God.
We are temples of the Holy Spirit.
If you're in Christ was at main truck to cure this body you do that by being healthy is a form of worship, but you also do that by watching what you pour into your mind and what you look at this is the temple of the Holy Spirit back to the word Hillis Terry on this word means sacrifice of atonement, and I will give you another fancy word.
It also can be translated propitiation, give her that word okay this very competent award propitiation refers to two things that occur when the blood is shipped to make atonement for sins first. The active propitiation appeases God's wrath. In other words, it turns away wrath away from you and me when he sees that we truly what belief did you know that God's wrath is constantly burning it full temperature, whatever that is against what evil that everything and anything and anyone who is evil.
His wrath is burning against that.
John 336 says whoever believes in the son has eternal life, but who rejects the son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him. This is not popular on Sunday morning, but that's not what you come here is actually the truth so will but little babies born really under God's wrath and in Romans 510 says while we wait while we were still God's enemies so we born God's enemies and were born under his wrath until our sins have been covered. That is what this propitiation means that sacrifices made you place your trust in Jesus and God's wrath is removed from you and you come under is what grace. Secondly, the active propitiation refers to the covering of our sins.
So the government was no more.
Remember, God provided animal skins to cover the sin of Adam and Eve want to do this is God is a God of grace and mercy, and he delights in showing mercy how he's also just in sin has to be atoned for a price has to be paid and the penalty is death note, Dave atonement came just once a year. It was the most important day of the Hebrew calendar that it still is all this day, the high priest was sacrifice of a bull ram and a goat don't know that when Solomon was king and they had some of these long celebrations they were sacrifice 20,000 goals in like a week. That's a lot of what Islam political shift is a lot of death. Did you know that a lot of liberal churches have removed all the hymns and they they will sing nothing but the blood or there is a what is it out there is a fountain filled with blood to talk about that one. As you hear the innocent blood. The blood should be precious to us all the day that the high priest he was sacrifice a bull ram to go. Then he would take the blood he would enter through the veil into the most holy place to sprinkled blood on the mercy seat. You here to take a thing of incense with them in their that you put that smoke so it would cover the mercy seat so he would see it as if he saw God's holiness, he would die and they were asked to tie a rope around the high priest is a God in there they would pull them out is only the high priest going there to approach God's holiness. You can't do it unless what is dealt with your sin. God is holy and we've lost sight of God's holiness in this country. Here's the thing, the mercy seat is a picture of the cross is the place where atonement was made for sin by the shedding of blood. This the tabernacle tells the story of how gracious God provided a way back to himself that we might have fellowship with our Creator, which is what he created us to do to have fellowship with him so that we might live with him forever. If that's what we do this, study who don't live with forever God right that brings us to Hebrews chapter 9 verse once is now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary tabernacle was set up in its first room were the lampstand in the table with his consecrated bread.
This was called the holy place behind the second curtain was a room that's the veil that we offered about that second curtain. That's when this is thick as the palm of your hand. This is a team of horses could tear it apart. It was like 15 feet high 15 feet wide by the second curtain was a room called the most holy place, which had the golden altar of incense. By the way that golden altar of incense was really in the holy place, but it was so associated with the inner run the most holy place that it is. It almost looks like it's in there, but it's really not okay with his look at that diagram you have and you can see that the altar of incense is only outside the veil. The only thing just behind the curtain. Was he right here is the Ark of the covenant in this ark contained the gold jar of manna containing Aaron's staff that had budded that reminds us of what holy time of the year, Easter flowers are blooming is the resurrection said detail God is he's got errands but Stephanie abutting to reminders of Easter and then you have the 10 Commandments, the stone tablets of the of the first covenant which reminded God that we can keep him above the ark or the cherubim of the glory overshadowing the atonement cover within the Rosses, but we can't discuss these things in detail now when everything is been arranged like this. The priest entered directly into the outer court to carry on their ministry. That's the holy place, but only the high priest of the entering and that only once a year and never without blood, which he offered himself and for the sins. The people had committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed. As long as the first tabernacle is the first room plugs that veil was standing long that veil was standing in the way really into heaven not been revealed yet, when the veil was torn into when Jesus died. This is an illustration us all the tabernacle was as an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices will be an offer were not able to what clear the conscience of the worshiper. They were not in the law can clear the conscience of these regulations can't there only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings, external regulations applying to the time of what the new order. So this early tabernacle, the one that Moses constructed was merely a copy of the true tabernacle, the true, most holy place, which is located where in heaven if I believe that all of heaven is the real most holy place. So when you go to paradise. Use your entering the most holy place when the new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven to earth we will live in the inner room for how long.
Forever. That's when God says in the dwelling of God will be with men and men would dwell with God. All the sacrifice. There were often only altar or shadows of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus been lacrosse so as we examine the earthly tabernacle member that is really a picture of the sacrifice that Jesus made where lacrosse Marta Hahn says God himself was the architect in every detail of the earthly tabernacle points to some aspect of the character in the work of the person of his son Jesus Christ and in its complete form is probably most comprehensive detailed revelation of Jesus the son of God, and the plan of salvation in the entire Old Testament.
So what was the tabernacle, only a shadow, and a copy of the better things to come.
In other words, why was the blood of bulls and goats not sufficient to cover our sins because the sacrifice was simply external religious rituals which cannot say anyone.
Why is outward. Religion cannot solve the problem of the heart. Salvation requires an inside job, and in a work that takes place in the heart of a man. Isaiah 29 since these people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
There were shortly is made up only of rules taught by men have been to church there was can like that for several 16 seven says the Lord does not look at the things man looks at what we can to look at success, popularity, good looks, trophies money man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. There is only one I can save that act took place only lonely hill 2000 years ago on the old rugged Cross, Jesus shed his blood just want to focus on now look at verse 11. When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here. He went to the greater and more perfect tabernacle is not man-made, that is, the site is not a part of this creation listen carefully – he did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves, but he entered the most holy Place once for all, by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal what how long is that redemption eternal.
The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sight of that site about them so they are outwardly playing with it. That didn't get you to heaven been out lately how much more than with the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences highlight that from actually to death so that we may serve the living God. For this reason Christ is the mediator of the new covenant, that those who call may receive the promised eternal inheritance. Now that he is God as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
In the case of a will is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it is a will is in force only when somebody is died never takes effect, while the one who made it is living. This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without what blood when Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people he took the blood of calves together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop and sprinkle the scroll and all the people he said this is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you to keep in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.
In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood without the shedding of blood there is no what forgiveness was necessary then for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with the sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one. He entered what heaven itself, now to appear for who for us where in God's presence, nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again the way the high priest enters the most holy place every year with blood that is not his own. The Christ would've had to suffer many times as the Christian world. But now he's appeared once for all. The culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Catch this. Just as man is destined to die once less about reincarnation is false. Just as man is destined to die once and after that to face what judgment. See if you are in Christ. You don't have to fear it. So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people residence everyone is that many people will be many people in heaven, but of a more people in hell is that he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who waiting for him to notice that in Hebrews chapter 9 the word blood is used 10 times while God is making a point. Salvation, although free for you and me came with a very heavy price for God. First Peter chapter 1 verse 18 through 20 says, for you know that it was not with perishable things such as civil go that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen when before the creation of the world to see. The cross is not Plan B.
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake of my sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him so your faith and hope are in God. Verse 12 says he did not enter by means of blood of goats and Caspian of the most holy place which robots own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption can never lose it.
If you lose, it would be eternal can't lose it. Second, Jesus cleanse my conscience from guilt and shame that cover my sins. Verse 14 is now one of my favorite verses in the Bible, how much more than with the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God. Third Jesus has prepared an eternal inheritance from the sky. My name on it.
Verse 15 says for this very reason Christ is the mediator of the new covenant, that those who call may receive the promised eternal inheritance. You see that those who called you for calling you to himself, listen when he calls she is irresistible is called irresistible grace. Romans eight 2930 makes it so clear. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Jesus becomes our brother and those he predestined he also called those he called he also justified those he justified he also glorified. Number four. Jesus forgive me of all my sins cast them into the depths of the sea and he remembers them no more. Hebrews 812 says for I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more. Number five. Jesus's promise to come again from the take me to be with him to live forever in heaven. Verse 20 says, and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who waiting for him to let me ask you a very important question. Are you waiting for Jesus to come again with an eagerness with an anticipation of excitement. More importantly, prepared one half his return. Should he come tonight. There a lot of ministers wanted respectively.
Did you look at world events in his lineup for the second coming. So if you hear his voice: you come to me all you who are weary and burdened, he will give you rest and you come while you can because today could be the day of salvation. Someone tonight and follow.
Thank you for the night. Thank you for your word will thank you for the joy and peace and hope that you offered to us.
Thank you Lord Jesus for Dinesh in your blood for from the if everyone in here. I thank you Lord Jesus that one. Do you want to come back and take us to be with you in the most holy place. We will live forever in perfect peace and joy forever and ever knowing that I being a Christian is not about being religious but about having the dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living.
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