Week of April 8 - Day 3

Day 3  Read: Hebrews 9:13-14

 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Reflect: What kind of cleansing did the old system provide?

Consider: This “eternal redemption” through which the blessings of the New Covenant (cf. 8:10–12) have reached all believers, should affect the way believers serve God. Old-Covenant rituals served for the ceremonially unclean and only made them outwardly clean. But the blood of Christ can do much more. His was a sacrifice of infinite value because through the eternal Spirit He offered Himself unblemished to God. With this lovely assertion, the writer of Hebrews involved all three Persons of the Godhead in the sacrifice of Christ, which magnifies the greatness of His redemptive offering.[1]

Reflect: Why does Christ’s sacrifice have the more significant, everlasting result? List some common religious attitudes or rituals we depend on, thinking they will keep us right with God. Which one is a personal struggle for you? How can you lay this aside and trust more fully in Christ? How do we prevent reading the Bible, praying, and practicing other spiritual discipline from becoming rituals that we only perform with no heart or commitment?

 

[1] Zane C. Hodges, “Hebrews,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 801.