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  • Why Blood Sacrifice?

    Because of the other thread an old question popped up in my mind again.

    We know that because of the death of Jesus His Blood cleans us from all our sins. Why did God choose this hard way? Why did Jesus have to die? Why could Jesus (after having led a life without sin) not ascend to heaven without dying a cruel death first? Why is it that God demands blood sacrifice, first in the OT with animals and later by the Blood of Christ?

    I think it's safe to reason that if there was a more easier way other then sacrificing the Most Precious God ever had God would have done so. It's also safe to reason I think (I better be careful) that sacrificing His Most Precious was (perhaps) the only way.

    Concluding: so why is it that God demands blood sacrifice in exchange for forgiveness of sins?

    Part of the answer I possibly am able to come up with is related to the wisdom found in John 15:13

    Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends.

    In other words, giving one's life for someone else is the greatest sign of love. And that's why God established blood sacrifice. To show His love for His Creation by sacrificing the blood of the Most Precious God had, His Son Jesus Christ.

    However this reasoning still doesn't answer the question why God connected blood sacrifice to the forgiveness of sins. I never heard an answer that Biblically could fully satisfy me.

    Your thoughts?

    Ed

  • #2
    I can think of this verse albeit in the OT, truth is still truth Lev 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

    And then the NT

    Jn 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

    Jn 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
    The LORD is my Miracle

    G_d was gracious He has shown favor


    Hope is a seed
    God plants in our hearts
    to remind us
    there are better things ahead.
    -Holley Gerth

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    • #3
      Because the penalty for sin is death, God required an innocent animal to be substituted in place of the sinner's own death. The offerer would lay his hands upon the animal to be slain to identify with him and realize that he is taking his place. Blood had to be shed because life is in the blood. The paradox is that the general rule was that an innocent animal had to die in order for God to forgive, which was the foreshadowing of Jesus, who had to die in order to offer us life.

      Beyond this, God's thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.

      Blessings,
      BHS

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rebel777 View Post
        Because of the other thread an old question popped up in my mind again.

        We know that because of the death of Jesus His Blood cleans us from all our sins. Why did God choose this hard way? Why did Jesus have to die? Why could Jesus (after having led a life without sin) not ascend to heaven without dying a cruel death first? Why is it that God demands blood sacrifice, first in the OT with animals and later by the Blood of Christ?

        I think it's safe to reason that if there was a more easier way other then sacrificing the Most Precious God ever had God would have done so. It's also safe to reason I think (I better be careful) that sacrificing His Most Precious was (perhaps) the only way.

        Concluding: so why is it that God demands blood sacrifice in exchange for forgiveness of sins?

        Part of the answer I possibly am able to come up with is related to the wisdom found in John 15:13

        Greater love has no man than this, that a man gives up his life for his friends.

        In other words, giving one's life for someone else is the greatest sign of love. And that's why God established blood sacrifice. To show His love for His Creation by sacrificing the blood of the Most Precious God had, His Son Jesus Christ.

        However this reasoning still doesn't answer the question why God connected blood sacrifice to the forgiveness of sins. I never heard an answer that Biblically could fully satisfy me.

        Your thoughts?

        Ed
        It's not in the bible that God accepted blood for forgiveness of sins. That is someones doctrine they developed from their opinion. Any Jew can tell you that is not what they believe.

        Jesus' statement is for us to understand that God Himself, in Jesus Christ, martyred Himself like the prophets for us.


        Hbr 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Teke View Post
          It's not in the bible that God accepted blood for forgiveness of sins. That is someones doctrine they developed from their opinion. Any Jew can tell you that is not what they believe.

          Jesus' statement is for us to understand that God Himself, in Jesus Christ, martyred Himself like the prophets for us.

          Hbr 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.
          Heb 9:22
          22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
          NASB

          David understood it was never the law of Moses that cleansed nor the offering of sacrifices (see Psalms 51). He knew what God was looking for and wanted for forgiveness of sins. But scripture does teach that the shedding of blood is needed for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus wasn't just a martyr. He died for our sins in order for us to be redeemed and purchased. The other prophets could not redeem us but Jesus could.
          Matt 9:13
          13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
          NASU

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
            Heb 9:22
            22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
            NASB
            Before I comment, are their other scriptures that agree with this one.
            But scripture does teach that the shedding of blood is needed for the forgiveness of sins.
            I do not believe any literal blood is necessary for forgiveness. I gave some scriptures where no blood was involved and forgiveness was by prayer. Jesus always prayed. And the command to the church by the Apostles not to have anything to do with blood is contrary to such notions, practically speaking.

            Jhn 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

            "Light of life" not 'light of blood'. Like ACCM commented, "life is in the blood", meaning The Life/God is in the flesh and blood of Christ.

            Jesus wasn't just a martyr. He died for our sins in order for us to be redeemed and purchased. The other prophets could not redeem us but Jesus could.
            Yes, He wasn't "just a martyr", He was God incarnate of flesh and blood.
            For me this means a transforming of humanity, and even the cosmos, by God, with it's beginning in the Incarnation, Transfiguration and Resurrection. Of which the crucifixion (His martyrdom) served a part in. Judaism never even dreamed of such a thing, though they knew He would be The Prophet (and prophets were martyrs willing to die for God).

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Teke View Post
              Before I comment, are their other scriptures that agree with this one.

              I do not believe any literal blood is necessary for forgiveness. I gave some scriptures where no blood was involved and forgiveness was by prayer. Jesus always prayed. And the command to the church by the Apostles not to have anything to do with blood is contrary to such notions, practically speaking.
              And yet, Hebrews does say that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Corinthians also teaches that Jesus became sin. Other scriptures speak of being cleansed by the blood. Of course we also have passages like Psalms 51 where David was forgiven without a sacrifice. The question then becomes why? It's because Jesus blood was the only blood that could ever cleanse. The animal sacrifices never worked. That's the whole point of Hebrews. The sacrifice was once and for all because it was Jesus. Prior to that, the offering had to be made every year.

              Heb 7:26-27

              26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
              NASB

              And...

              Heb 9:11-14

              11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
              NASB

              He actually bore our sins on the cross.

              Heb 9:28
              28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
              NASB

              As John stated, he is the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world. How did the shadow lamb do that? By making sure the blood was on the door.

              It was never the blood of the sacrificial animals that took away sins. They were never able to do so. That is why David didn't offer them for his sin in Psalms 51.

              Heb 10:4-12
              4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says,

              "Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired,
              But a body Thou hast prepared for Me;

              6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure.
              7 "Then I said, 'Behold, I have come
              (In the roll of the book it is written of Me)
              To do Thy will, O God.'"

              8 After saying above, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast not desired, nor hast Thou taken pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the Law), 9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Thy will." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,
              NASB

              Yes, He wasn't "just a martyr", He was God incarnate of flesh and blood.
              For me this means a transforming of humanity, and even the cosmos, by God, with it's beginning in the Incarnation, Transfiguration and Resurrection. Of which the crucifixion (His martyrdom) served a part in. Judaism never even dreamed of such a thing, though they knew He would be The Prophet (and prophets were martyrs willing to die for God).

              Without his crucifixion and resurrection, there would be no forgiveness of sins. It was this that David saw and what is explained in Hebrews. The animal sacrifices were a shadow of Jesus. Just as the scapegoat took on our sin, so did Jesus. He became sin that we might be made the righteousness of God.
              Matt 9:13
              13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
              NASU

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
                Heb 9:22
                22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
                NASB
                My original question still stands (now formulated by Hebr 9:22) why did God establish this: without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

                Why did God (for instance) not simply say: Repent & obey and you will be forgiven.

                My goal of this thread is to grasp a glimpse of the deep secret of why God had to sacrifice the Most Precious He had and why there (apparently) was no other way.

                Ed

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                • #9
                  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. -Genesis 2:17

                  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. -Ezekiel 18:20

                  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. -Hebrews 9:22

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rebel777 View Post
                    My original question still stands (now formulated by Hebr 9:22) why did God establish this: without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
                    Penalty of sin = Death
                    Death = Loss of Life
                    Loss of Life = Loss of Blood (Life)

                    God ultimately forgives because of His grace, but He has a basic order in everything He does (Order in Creation, etc). Being a just God the penalty of sin has to be satisfied in order to receive forgiveness.

                    Blessings,
                    BHS

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rebel777 View Post
                      My original question still stands (now formulated by Hebr 9:22) why did God establish this: without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

                      Why did God (for instance) not simply say: Repent & obey and you will be forgiven.

                      My goal of this thread is to grasp a glimpse of the deep secret of why God had to sacrifice the Most Precious He had and why there (apparently) was no other way.

                      Ed
                      Hebrews can't be explained any other way than the liturgical model. Physical concepts like that water cleanses, and physical blood brings forgiveness are physical concepts of spiritual realities.

                      So first understand that anything with blood in it is a depiction of life and that life is the life of God. In scripture life is not a separate concept from God, as only God is Life.

                      Sacrifice pleasing to God requires the human voluntary aspect, not the slaughter of dumb animals. Whether that be the human bringing an animal for sacrifice or a portion of their crops or a sacrifice of themselves, such as martyrdom. Either way humanity brings the sacrifice which God (the Life) has provided. God provides the sacrifice for man to bring. In Hebrews it clarifies this sacrifice is brought by a priest, which is why Hebrews speaks of Christ as High Priest of the heavenly sanctuary.

                      So no matter how you look at it, there is no sacrifice without God. Because only God can provide the Life of the sacrifice.

                      In Jesus Christ, God chose to bring the flesh and blood of humanity into the heavenly sanctuary, something that had never been done before. This is how we see the liturgical, sacramental act of Jesus Christ.

                      So you see it's not that blood has inherit power to forgive. Rather the blood, with it's inherent life, is God's gift to mankind to make "atonement" (a sacrifice) for sin. For me the western word "atonement" doesn't quite give as clear a meaning as "recapitulation".
                      Last edited by Teke; Jul 21st 2008, 06:14 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Teke View Post
                        Hebrews can't be explained any other way than the liturgical model. Physical concepts like that water cleanses, and physical blood brings forgiveness are physical concepts of spiritual realities.

                        So first understand that anything with blood in it is a depiction of life and that life is the life of God. In scripture life is not a separate concept from God, as only God is Life.

                        Sacrifice pleasing to God requires the human voluntary aspect, not the slaughter of dumb animals. Whether that be the human bringing an animal for sacrifice or a portion of their crops or a sacrifice of themselves, such as martyrdom. Either way humanity brings the sacrifice which God (the Life) has provided. God provides the sacrifice for man to bring. In Hebrews it clarifies this sacrifice is brought by a priest, which is why Hebrews speaks of Christ as High Priest of the heavenly sanctuary.

                        So no matter how you look at it, there is no sacrifice without God. Because only God can provide the Life of the sacrifice.

                        In Jesus Christ, God chose to bring the flesh and blood of humanity into the heavenly sanctuary, something that had never been done before. This is how we see the liturgical, sacramental act of Jesus Christ.
                        It's more than that Teke. The heavenly tabernacle itself was sanctified by the blood of Christ.

                        Heb 9:11

                        11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
                        NASB

                        Heb 9:17-21
                        17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you." 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.
                        NASB

                        And finally, we see the heavenly ministry.

                        Heb 9:23-28

                        23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
                        NASB

                        Just as blood was used for the earthly copy, so blood was used for the heavenly real. The blood of Christ was sprinkled in the heavenly tabernacle because of our sins. It was cleansed and the maker of the covenant died. We too have to die and have done so in Christ.

                        Blood is very necessary. The animals only pointed to that which was necessary, that being Jesus Christ.
                        Matt 9:13
                        13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                        NASU

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                        • #13
                          Adam sinned.

                          God killed an animal (shed blood) to cover Adam's nakedness. It was an act of mercy. It atoned for Adam's disobedience. God set the standard.

                          Noah was told to bring 7 of each clean animals and 2 of each unclean animals. Why? Not only for food, but in sacrificial offerings to the Lord.

                          God is the one who instructed through Moses the system of sacrifice for atonement of sin. The Day of Atonement was marked by the High Priest sprinking the blood of an unblemished goat on the mercy seat and asking for atomement of sin for all Israel. Each Israelite sacrificed, fasted and repented to God and to each other that day and prayed to God that thier name remain in the Book of Life.

                          That doesn't mean blood sacrifice was ONLY used as an instrument of atonement for sin. Blood also sealed covenants, and bought salvation from bondage (either from Egpyt or from the world (sin); it's all the same.

                          In Messiah, we are not only saved from the bonds of this world, we have permanent remission of sin. And it's through His blood, because as High Priest in the order of Malkizadek He sprinkled His own blood on the mercy seat and the Father accepted it.

                          Heb 9:1 Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary.
                          Heb 9:2 For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place.
                          Heb 9:3 Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,
                          Heb 9:4 having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron's rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant;
                          Heb 9:5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
                          Heb 9:6 Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship,
                          Heb 9:7 but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without takingblood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance.
                          Heb 9:8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing,
                          Heb 9:9 which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience,
                          Heb 9:10 since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.
                          Heb 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
                          Heb 9:12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
                          Heb 9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
                          Heb 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve
                          the living God?


                          Can God forgive a repentant heart? Of course.

                          But what did Yeshua do during the three days His body was in the tomb?

                          1Pe 3:18 For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit;
                          1Pe 3:19 ενωκατοιςενφυλακηπνευμασινπορευθειςεκηρυξεν
                          1Pe 3:19 and in this form he went (kai - even)and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits,
                          1Pe 3:20 to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people — to be specific, eight — were delivered by means of water.

                          This Greek word in 1Pe 3:19 (kai - even) tells us Yeshua proclaimed the Gospel to all souls, good and evil. All of them. This establishes His authority even over the demoic realm. That would include Nefalim. But for them it was not the 'good news'. For them it was bad news because of thier choice. At any rate, if He proclaimed the Gospel to even the evil, it means He proclaimed the Gospel to all, including the saints. To me, this means the Saints were waiting (in Gan-Eden) for Messiah too!

                          Yes, God does forgive. But does that forgiveness allow us to be with Him? Only Yeshua allows us to approach God, past present and future.

                          Messiah is the only way, past present and future for anyone to approach the Father. Those previoously written in the Book of Life need Messiah as much as we do to approach God.



                          Those who seek God with all their heart will find Him and be given sight. Those who seek their own agenda will remain blind.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
                            It's more than that Teke. The heavenly tabernacle itself was sanctified by the blood of Christ.

                            Heb 9:11

                            11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;
                            NASB
                            The heavenly temple was never unclean that it need be sanctified. But it also never had flesh and blood enter into it, literally that is, until Christ. Only He, as High Priest, and in the form of humanity, could accomplish such a thing.
                            Humanity by the flesh and blood (Incarnation) was sanctified by Christ to go into the heavenly temple.
                            Heb 9:17-21
                            17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. 18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you." 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.
                            NASB

                            And finally, we see the heavenly ministry.

                            Heb 9:23-28

                            23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood not his own. 26 Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
                            NASB

                            Just as blood was used for the earthly copy, so blood was used for the heavenly real. The blood of Christ was sprinkled in the heavenly tabernacle because of our sins. It was cleansed and the maker of the covenant died. We too have to die and have done so in Christ.

                            Blood is very necessary. The animals only pointed to that which was necessary, that being Jesus Christ.
                            Your still not getting this. It is the Priest which "bears the sins" and is able to go into the holy of holies. The work of Christ has instituted new worship (covenant, testament), one that allows man to enter the heavenly temple and approach Christ, their Priest, to go into the holy place and seek forgiveness of sin for them. Look at verse 28, the second time He comes, it will not be to do this, which is why it is written "apart from sin" or "without reference to sin" (NASB).

                            Whether OT or NT, we go to a priest to receive forgiveness of sins. God (High Priest) and His priesthood forgive sin.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Teke View Post
                              Your still not getting this. It is the Priest which "bears the sins" and is able to go into the holy of holies. The work of Christ has instituted new worship (covenant, testament), one that allows man to enter the heavenly temple and approach Christ, their Priest, to go into the holy place and seek forgiveness of sin for them. Look at verse 28, the second time He comes, it will not be to do this, which is why it is written "apart from sin" or "without reference to sin" (NASB).

                              Whether OT or NT, we go to a priest to receive forgiveness of sins. God (High Priest) and His priesthood forgive sin.

                              Teke, no matter how hard we try, we can't get around what Hebrews says about the blood. It was shed for sin. Jesus is our high priest. I too am now a priest. Jesus is not only our high priest, but he is also our sin sacrifice.

                              "without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins"

                              1 John 1:7
                              7 but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
                              NASB

                              The blood of Christ, the Passover Lamb, covers the door post of my heart and cleanses me of sin.

                              We are purchased with a price. That price is his blood.

                              Acts 20:28
                              28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
                              NASB

                              It is because of the blood we can be justified.

                              Rom 3:24-27
                              24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; 26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
                              NASB

                              We are justified by his blood.

                              Rom 5:8-11
                              8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
                              NASB

                              We are redeemed by his blood.

                              Eph 1:7
                              7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,
                              NASB

                              We were brought near by his blood.

                              Eph 2:12-13
                              13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
                              NASB

                              We were put at peace with God and reconciled to God through his blood.

                              Col 1:19-20
                              For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
                              NASB

                              Even the heavenlies were cleansed with the blood of Christ.

                              Heb 9:21-23
                              21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. 22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

                              23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
                              NASB

                              I could go on even more but I think the point is made. It was imperative that Jesus shed his blood. He was more than an example for us, though he is that. He was more than a martyr to us, though he is that. He shed his blood in a body that was prepared for him for that very purpose. For without his blood being shed, none of us could be drawn close to him, be redeemed, be cleansed, be forgiven, and many other things.

                              Heb 10:4-11
                              4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says,

                              "Sacrifice and offering Thou hast not desired,
                              But a body Thou hast prepared for Me;

                              6 In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast taken no pleasure.
                              7 "Then I said, 'Behold, I have come
                              (In the roll of the book it is written of Me)
                              To do Thy will, O God.'"

                              8 After saying above, "Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast not desired, nor hast Thou taken pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the Law), 9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Thy will." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. 10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
                              NASB

                              The sacrifice was necessary but the blood of bulls and goats never cleansed. That is why David understood the offerings were not needed but rather a shadow (Psalms 51). It is also why many Jews misunderstand the sacrificial system. In the end, God never desired animals so he prepared a body for Christ and that body would do what no animal could ever do, offer itself as a sin sacrifice for man kind.

                              When he went to heaven as High Priest, he offered his own flesh and blood as sin sacrifice to God and he sprinkled the mercy seat in heaven and the tabernacle in heaven and sanctified them.
                              Matt 9:13
                              13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                              NASU

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