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HEBREWS 10:19-25

"THE BLOOD OF JESUS"

WHAT IT DOES FOR THE CHRISTIAN!

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:1

 

 

 

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God;  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."  Hebrews 10:19-25

 

 

THERE ARE TWELVE LESSONS FROM THIS TEXT PRINTED IN THE SPACE BELOW.  I HAVE RETAINED THE DATES THEY WERE FIRST PUBLISHED BY EACH OF THE STUDIES.

 

LESSON 1:  (tuesday afternoon, december 21, 2004)

Whatever happens in this first verse of our text occurs because of the Blood of Jesus!  See what I mean:  "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus ..."   Hebrews 10:19

The Greek preposition here that is translated "by" is spelled: "en."  It means not only  "by" ... but also "in" or "within!"  Literally we who are saved are IN the Blood of Jesus!  We have been washed IN the Blood of the Lamb of God! 

And because we are IN the Blood ... we can have boldness!

Because we are IN the Blood, we can enter into the Holy Place!

And because of the Blood we can do these things perpetually! 

Paul here says we HAVE this boldness ... via the Blood.  "Having" ("echo" as a present participle meaning to hold or possess or keep ... with the action being continuous) such boldness is one benefit of the Blood being applied in our lives!

The noun "boldness" (in Greek = "parresia" means openly or plainly or confidently) combines two words that mean to say all ... or to say everything! 

The verb "to enter" is a Greek word ("eisodos") that means "into" ("eis") the "road" ("hodos")!  There is a path that goes to the very Holy Place of God ...and we can humbly but confidently walk it because we are IN the Blood!  Wow!

The exact word for "Holiest" is rendered "Holiest of all" two times in Hebrews (9:3 and 9:8).  We are actually being told here that we have access into the Holy of Holies ... because of Jesus' Blood!

And please do note that this does not occur because of any ordinary blood!  It is due to Jesus' Blood!  The Blood of the Lamb!

I don't know if we can comprehend it or not ... but what has just been written (verse 19 of Hebrews 10 in the Scripture) is so great and represents such a blessing that we should scarcely ever get over it!

Glory to the Name of the dear Lord Jesus!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2:  (WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 22, 2004)

Verse 20 further describes our "access" to God.

"By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh."  Hebrews 10:20

We come to God for daily prayer and praise and worship through a veil?  Through His Flesh?

This is the Way?

Yes, that's what Paul is saying.

Just as Jesus ascended (after His death, burial and resurrection) and went into the Father's very Throne Room (sitting right now at the Father's right Hand) ... even so we (says the Bible right here) have the same access!

Amazing!

And the WAY we do this is ... (in One Word) ... JESUS!

Paul calls our way to fellowship (into the very Presence of God) a "new and living Way!"

The adjective "new" translates a Greek word "prosphatos" which means lately slaughtered or freshly killed!  When God the Father looks at Jesus ... He sees the Lamb as if He had just been slain!  In Heaven Calvary is always a "recent" event!  It never looses its wonder or power!

What a thought!

Heaven's "mind" is always on the Blood and the Lamb!

The way is a "living" way too.  "Zao" means alive in its fullest sense ... really living! (Abundant Life!)  The term being a present participle, we are told that this living is on-going and unfinished!  (We Christians know it is eternal!)

The noun "way" is "hodos" which is just their word for highway or road.  No wonder Isaiah 35:8 talks about a "highway of holiness!"

This "way" has been "consecrated" for us by Jesus.  Our verb means to put into force or to open or to inaugurate!  (It can mean to renew or renew or refresh too.)

The pronoun "us" is a dative plural that means "to" or "for" us.  Jesus did it for you and me!

When Jesus went back to Heaven ...He went "through the vail."  This is a reference to the huge curtain that separated (upon penalty of death) the Holy Place (in the earthly Temple) from the Most Holy Place, the very abode of God in Israel!  (When Jesus died this strong curtain or veil was torn into two pieces from top to bottom, indicating that the formerly denied access to God has been opened!

This pictures Jesus as High Priest making atonement for the people!

"Through" is the Greek preposition "dia."  (The "channel" through which One passes)

The noun "vail" just means a curtain that has been stretched across a room.  (Here as a barrier)

But what does this curtain represent in Jesus' death?  We are told here in our verse. It is "His flesh."  Jesus' flesh was torn (literally) ... His Blood was shed (again, literally) ... and that has given Him access into Glory to be eternally with His Faher!

He then turns around and invites us to follow Him there!  (Through teh tattered remnants of His broken Body and shed Blood!

The Blood could only have been poured forth by means of the cuts and pierced openings and bruises on His precious Body!

That's HOW we too can live in heavenly places with Christ Jesus our Lord!

Right now ...Paul says we enjoy such things!

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."  Ephesians 2:5-6

Glory to God!

No wonder Peter said:  "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory!"  1st Peter 1:8

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3 (THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, 2004):

Our verse today is rather short!

"And having an high priest over the house of God."  Hebrews 10:21 

That's all it says.

But just look at What it calls Jesus!

He is our High Priest!

I believe the term "House of God" is an expression used here for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Bride.

The verbal "string" HIGH PRIEST occurs 75 times in the King James Bible.  In the Old Testament it describes the Son of Aaron who happened to be presiding as Israel's chief religious and worship leader.  By New Testament times the office holders had degenerated into mere political operators, enemies of the true Gospel.

Then the term ("high priest") disappears (for quite a while) from New Testament pages!  It is not found in Romans or 1st or 2nd Corinthians or Galatians or Ephesians or any of Paul's Epistles until you get to Hebrews!  Then ... suddenly ... it explodes on the scene!  (I count 16 times it is found in Hebrews!)  And 11 of those times it is specifically referring to Jesus!  HE is our High Priest!

He serves not after the order of Aaron (who was of the Tribe of Levi) ... but after the order of Mechizedek.  Jesus was NOT of the Tribe of Levi ... but of Judah, the Ruling Kingly Tribe!  Therefore He is qualified to be both a KING and a PRIEST!

In fact, Jesus is not just our High Priest ... but our GREAT HIGH PRIEST!

Here are some things Hebrews tells us about Him as Such:

He is a merciful (and successful) High Priest, making reconciliation for us sinners! "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people."  Hebrews 2:17

He is a faithful High Priest!  "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house."  Hebrews 3:1-2

He is now "in the Heavens" in the very Presence of God!  How's that for being "on location?"  So says Hebrews 4:14 --- "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."

We have a sinless High Priest, yet One Who knows how we feel!  "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."  Hebrews 4:15

We have a High Priest Who was appointed so by God His Father!  He is not "self-called" to the Position!  "So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee." Hebrews 5:5

He is for ever our High Priest!  He will never die (again)!  "Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec."  Hebrews 6:20

He is more fully described in Hebrews 7:26 --- "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens."  Wow!

He is at God's Right Hand ...the Hand that gives and protects and empowers!  "Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens."  Hebrews 8:1

He as High Priest only had to make ONE Offering ... Himself!  "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come ... by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us."  Hebrews 9:11-12

And ... back to our text ... He is High Priest OVER us, the House of God.   That little preposition is "epi" and means on, upon, over, or even for!  Of us it can be said:  "And having an high priest over the house of God."  Hebrews 10:21

Today we have seen the blessings we enjoy.

Lord willing, tomorrow we shall see the responsibilities those blessings bring!

                                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4 (FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 24, 2004):

Having learned how the Blood of Jesus grants us access to the very Presence of God, we are next encouraged by Paul to "draw near with a true heart."  This is in verse number 22.  "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."

We shall just begin the verse today.

The verb "draw near" (to come close or to appear face-to-face) is in the subjunctive mood.  It is not expressed here as a command.  Paul is sharing with the Hebrews his longing or desire for them!  (That's what the "subjunctive" mood does.)

Come to the Throne of Grace!

The very Abode of God!

But come "with a true heart." 

The idea here is "sincerity."   (A Latin word meaning without ... "sine" ... wax "cere." The history books and my old Latin teacher tell us that in Rome furniture makers often would hide their mistakes and blemishes and imperfections by smearing wax over the scratch or dent or hole ... thereby masking it!  Something "without wax" was real.  You got what you saw!  It was "sincere!")

These two words are combined in one way or another over a half dozen times in Scripture.  Even in the Old Testament!  "Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you."  1st Samuel 12:24.  Also 1st Kings 2:4 and 3:6 include the words.  Hezekiah the King lives in such a way too.  Listen to him in 2nd Kings 20:3 --- "I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore."

David only wants around him those who "walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart."  Psalm 15:2

Something about the Presence of God dispels lies and falsehood!

Lord, give us "true hearts!"

And, of course, such hearts are only possible through the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus!

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5 (SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2004):

There's something about the Blood of Jesus that gives us ... "full assurance!"  In fact, literally we can have "full assurance of faith!"

That's according to Hebrews 10:22.  "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."

Now all the "blessings" of this verse are resultant from the access to God we have ... through the Blood of Jesus!

The term "full assurance" translates only one Greek word.  However it's a compound noun ("plerophoria").  Its first section, "plero," comes from a word that means "covered."  Although the expression soon comes to mean "full to the brim!"  Then, as you can see, the root of the word is "phoreo," meaning to have a burden ... or to wear armour or clothing as a constant accompaniment!  (From "phoros," a load! And even further back, from "phero," to bear a load!)

The word pictures one who is heavily loaded with something!

But what?

That's where we must go back to our verse and study the "context" of our word in focus.

"Full assurance" of FAITH!

A "truck-load" of faith!

Because of the power of the Blood of Jesus!

I used to teach that there was only one way to get faith!  It is a "gift of God" and had to be bestowed upon one I said.  (That's still true I think.  Ephesians 2:8-9)

Then I added another Bible way to my teaching (as I learned and grew in the Lord)! Romans 10:17 says:  "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  The Bible gives one faith as he or she studies, memorizes and meditates in its precious truths!  As well as hearing it preached regularly!

Later I added a third point to my teaching.  One can pray for faith!  "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."  Luke 22:31-32  Faith can obviously be made stronger via prayer!

But, alas, now I must add another point!  Faith (a full "load" of it) can come by realizing the power of the Blood of Jesus!  The Blood that gives me access to the very Throne Room of the Father with His Son Jesus (my Intercessor, my Advocate, my Saviour) sitting by His side!

Thank God such faith is available!

Appropriate yours today, dear saved friend!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6 (MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2004):

Today we examine the part of verse 22 that says ... "having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience ...."

What does that mean?

I have counted the times the verb "sprinkled" is used in the Bible (as a past tense). This does not count the related words "sprinkle" or sprinkleth" or "sprinkling."  I have found 25 times that things were "sprinkled."   Ashes were used to sprinkle once.  Just oil was sprinkled once.  Water twice and dust once.  But BLOOD was sprinkled 14 times and blood and water combined once.  (Of the 25 "sprinkled" uses in the Bible ... blood is involved in 15 of them! That's 60%.)

So ... when our text says that our hearts are to be "sprinkled" from an evil conscience (and the paragraph we're in deals with the Blood Of Jesus anyway) ... one may safely say the BLOOD clears our evil consciences!  Just as It cleanses everything else!

The verb means to make clean or to purify!  Here it is framed as a perfect participle ... meaning that the deed is completed, but has lasting consequences and benefits! You were "sprinkled" when you got saved!  But you will never get over it!  It to this very day still impacts your conscience!

Our clause here is probably a "companion" statement to Hebrews 9:14.  "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"   Wow!

Our consciences, which were evil and filled with dead works, have been cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb!  We are cleared of the guilt and fear that hounded us so long! We are forgiven!

The noun for "conscience" in both verses is "suneidesis" and literally means "to see with."  It's that inner part of someone that can discern his or her most private motives and desires and goals!  It can relate to the human spirit and interact with the Holy Spirit of God as well!

And an "evil" conscience can defile our hearts!  "Poneros" (evil) means wicked or vile in its most active and spreading and deadly sense!

Once a soul is Blood-washed, there will be no more "plotting" to get even!  No more "revenge!"  The evil thoughts are gone ... when the Blood is applied!

One's conscience can be defiled toward God or toward man!  Either way, the Blood is the answer and repentance is the avenue by which it is applied!  Once our consciences are sprinkled ... we may have to apologize to some folks too!  (Or, as Zacchaeus did, restore some things taken illegally or wrongfully!)

What a side-effect, what a by-product of the Blood we have studied today!

Maybe then we can say with Paul the Apostle ... "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men."

And that's possible ... only through the Blood!

Amen!

                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7 (TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2004):

I am learning so much from this series of verses!

And today we are being taught that the Blood of Jesus even has an impact on our very bodies!

His Blood ... our bodies!

Here's the whole verse:  "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10:22)  This "drawing near" is a result of the Blood of our Lord having been shed on Calvary!

Now look closely at that last clause again:  "And our bodies washed with pure water." 

First of all let me say that this text is NOT speaking about some kind of water baptism!  It does not say that and it does not even imply that!

It seems to be a reference to the priests of the Old Testament era (Jewish Priests ... "Hebrews") who daily had to wash themselves at the Laver in the Tabernacle.  See Exodus 40:31-32.  "And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat (the laver): when they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the LORD commanded Moses." 

This washing with water is only possible after one has passed the blood stained brazen altar.  Daily cleansing follows Blood application!

And Paul here in Hebrews is telling us that, like the priests before us, we have been (because of the Blood of Jesus) also bathed in the water (of the Word) and thus cleansed for daily service!

Our "hearts" were changed in the previous clause ... and now our "bodies" are too!

This is TOTAL salvation!

Perhaps I should better say:  This is TOTAL salvation that leads to sanctification!

And Jesus did it all!

Praise the Lord!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8  (WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2004):

Next, because of the Blood of Jesus, we are told to "hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering."  Hebrews 10:23a

One of the "benefits" of the Blood is the empowerment to "hold fast!"

This verb, "katecho," means to have or to hold something ... to hold it down!  To keep firm!  To maintain possession!  It is in subjunctive form.  Paul here is expressing his desire and yearning for the Hebrew believers.  And it has the time sense of "present" action.  Keep on holding fast!  (Habitual, on-going action!)

The word "profession" is "homologia" and means that which we confess!  ("Homo" means "same" and "lego" means "to say!"  The word indicates a "saying of the same thing" or an agreement with another!  Our "profession" of faith is our saying the identical things that Jesus has already said or that the Bible has already said!  We are agreeing with the Word of God!

"Faith" means that body of doctrine to which we assent and by which we live our lives.

"Without wavering" translates the Greek word "aklines."  The verb "klino" means to recline to lay on a bed.  The "a" that prefixes it means no or not.  Live for Jesus without "laying down on the job!"  This is the only time our word is used in the whole Bible!

After all, we can be steady and unswerving and diligent because "He is faithful That promised!"

Once Jesus said that because He lives ... we can live also!  (John 14:19)

Now Paul just said that because God is faithful ... we can be too!

God has never failed to keep His good Word! 

Listen to Joshua at the end of his earthly life.  "And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof."  Joshua 23:14

Amen!

Through the Blood ... we have stability to live for Jesus!

No wonder Paul could elsewhere command:  "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."  1st Corinthians 15:58

The next time we sing "There's POWER in the Blood,"  I'm going to pay better attention to those words!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9:  (THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2004)

Next Paul insinuates that our access into the "Holiest" (the very Presence of the Lord God Almighty) "by the Blood Of Jesus" ... should help us do some things for each other! 

Here are his exact words:  "Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works."  Hebrews 10:24

The verb "consider" is "katanoeo" and means "to keep in mind."  To deliberately and diligently ponder something or someone!    "Noeo" means to exercise the mind ("nous").  The words are believed to be derived from "ginosko," to know.  The word is used 19 times in the New Testament. 

I just made a list of the things we are told to "consider" as Christians.  Jesus said it was wise to consider:  our own weaknesses and sins (Matthew 7:3 and Luke 6:41), the ravens ... for whom God provides food (Luke 12:24), and the lilies ... how God clothes them (Luke 12:27)!  Paul adds that we are to "consider" Jesus Himself! ("Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus."  Hebrews 3:1)  Then comes our text, to "consider one another!"

Even the pronouns here are significant!  "Another" translates the Greek "allelon," meaning another of the same kind!  (Had it been another of a different kind ... "heteros" would have been used!)  We Christians are cut from the same pattern!  We bear similar traits!

The infinitive "to provoke" is unusual!  It is spelled "paroxusmos" and means to "sharply" motivate!  It contains the Greek word for "point," something very sharp! The only other time it's used in the Bible is in Acts 15:39 where Paul and Barbnabas had that argument over John Mark.  "And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus."  Wow!  (There the words "contention ... so sharp" are all a translation of "paroxusmos!)  It is an emotional word! 

We are literally to think and ponder and devise ways to incite fellow believers to better love one another and more fervently work for Jesus!

Wow!

Love is our old friend "agape," God's love, unselfish love, giving love!  It's a love that keeps on functioning even when nothing good is returned!

And "good" works ("kalos") are the kind that have a spreading, infecting, influencing goodness about them!  They become "contagious" within the Body of Christ!

And since our good "works" do require effort, the word here is "ergon," a forerunner of our English word "energy!"

Here the Blood of Jesus, Which gave us access to God's very Presence, has brought us back to earth to help other live for Jesus!

What power!

Now, go out and "provoke" someone ... to love and good works!

                                                                                    --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10:  (FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2004)

Now we come to the last verse of our paragraph, our text.  "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."   Hebrews 10:25

Technically speaking, this is NOT a command!  It is not an imperative mood verb!  It is a participle (a verbal adjective) that convey "present" time.  The word "forsaking" translates "egkataleipo" (3 words fused together ... Paul's style) which means to be absent form a place!  "Leipo," according to the lexicons, means to lack or to leave or to fail or to be absent.  The other two prefixes primarily intensify the main verb's meaning!  "Kata" may imply that when we miss church ... we let "down" our Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  "Kata" is the Greek preposition that often means "down."  The "eg" in front of it all is in Greek "en" and here means a fixed position of being "in" the assembly.  Spelling often changes some during word "assimilation."

Do NOT miss the Church services ... Paul says here!

The noun "assembling" is interesting too.  It fuses "epi" and "sun" and the little verb "ago."  When we meet we come "together" (Greek = "sun") "upon or within" (Greek = "epi") to "be led" (Greek "ago") by the Word of God and the man of God!

It seems that in Paul's day many were already missing church services regularly! How very up-to-date the Bible is!

The noun "manner" is derived from a word ("ethos") that has a verbal background meaning "to be used to," implying a habit.  Folks had minimized the importance of being in the worship services!

But Paul is here teaching us that if we fully realize what has been done for us (by means of the death of Jesus on the Cross and the shedding of His Blood) ... we WILL faithfully assemble with our brethren in the regular meetings of the church!

And, here, WHY do we meet?  Or at least ... WHAT is one side-effect of our meeting together?

We "exhort" one another!

This verb ("parakaleo") is the same basic word used of the Holy Spirit as our COMFORTER and of Jesus as our ADVOCATE!  It means one who encourages another!  One who strengthens another!  ("Para" means "alongside."  And "kaleo" means "to call" a person.  A "paraclete" is one who comes alongside another to help him or her in a time of need!)

Just by being at church ... you well may encourage your bothers and sisters in Christ!  And by NOT being there, you may discourage them!

And, with hard days ahead, this exhortation is going to be needed more and more Paul says!  "The day approaching" may have reference to the soon-coming destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and ensuing persecution of Christians that will follow.  This happened in 70 AD. 

Going to church and being encouraged in one's spiritual life is good preparation for hard times that may come!

"So much the more" in Greek is spelled "tosoutos mallon."  We have here a pronoun followed by an adverb.  "Tosoutos" means "so great" or "so large" or "so many."  More just means a greater portion of anything!  (All the more!  Or ... the more the better!)

One reason folks miss church and are unfaithful to our local assemblies is that they have not yet realized what Jesus did for them on the Cross ... THROUGH HIS BLOOD!

At least ... that's exactly where this Passage began several days ago!

We have discover another fresh "batch" of benefits flowing from the Blood of Jesus!

How "blessed" we Believers are "in Christ Jesus!"

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 11:  (SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2005)

Let me mention one last thing it appears the Blood of Jesus does for us.  That is according to our text.

It's found in the last words of verse 25.  "... As ye see the day approaching!" 

This likely has reference to some terrible day of trouble and judgment for the whole land of Israel.  Paul is here writing to the "Hebrews!"

Most teachers believe Hebrews was written a few years prior to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 AD) by the Roman Army.

Perhaps that is the day in mind here.

But whatever the event prophesied ... being in church with one's bothers and sisters will help them face those coming terrible hours!

And why are we in church together?

To exhort and encourage one another!

And to what end are we encouraging one another?

To stay faithful and steady in our love fervency for the Lord!

And why will we stay faithful?

Because we have been washed in the Blood!

Because we have access to the very Throne Room of God ... through the Blood!

What benefits ... all because of The Blood of Jesus!

Here's the list from our whole text:

1. BOLDNESS to enter into the Holiest Place ... where Jesus is interceding for us!

2. A HIGH PRIEST in Heaven ministering on our behalf!

3. FULL ASSURANCE of faith!

4. A pure CONSCIENCE!

5. A sanctified BODY!

6. FAITHFULNESS (no wavering)!

7. A firm PROFESSION OF FAITH (doubts gone)!

8. Ability to ENCOURAGE OTHERS in Christ!

9. Desire to ATTEND CHURCH regularly and consistently!

10. Strength to face the EVIL DAY ahead!

... all because of the Blood!

Amen!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 12:  (SUNDAY, THE LORD'S DAY, JANUARY 2, 2005)

We have recently been investigating the "Benefits" of the Blood of Jesus.

Our Bible "text" has been Hebrews 10:19-25.

I however thought it would be good to expand that investigation and see what the whole New Testament had to say!

Just what does the Blood of Jesus do for the soul of man?

Here are some verses that help answer the above question.

Romans 3:25 says of Jesus:  "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."  If we have faith in The Saviour's Blood, our sins are washed away!   This is "propitiation" through the Blood!  The word literally means to "appease" or "satisfy" (in this case A Righteous God)! Jesus' Blood, once applied to my heart, removes God's wrath on my soul! Read John 3:36 --- "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."  Wow!  1st John 2:2 perhaps explains it even more clearly.  "And He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."

Then notice with me Colossians 1:19-20.  "For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven."   We have PEACE through Jesus' Blood! The Greek noun for "peace" is "eirene."  (This gives us the English name Irene!)  It pictures two people, formerly at enmity with each other, now being brought together in harmony as one!  Glory!

We also have redemption and forgiveness through His Blood!  "In Whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace."  What a verse!  These words are found in Ephesians 1:7. Jesus' Blood is the price paid to "redeem" (to buy back) us!  Truly the answer to the age-old question "What can wash away my sins?"... is The Blood of Jesus! Now that's forgiveness!  Also here read 1 Peter 1:18-19.  "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."

We also are sanctified through the Blood!  "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."  The Blood set us apart, makes us holy!  I've just given you Hebrews 13:12.  (How can we Blood-washed Christians wallow in the filth of the world, having read this verse?  Answer:  A Blood-washed Christian can't!  He may accidentally fall into sin ... but he will not plan to jump into it!)

Then we also have LIFE through His Blood.  Jesus, speaking metaphorically said in John 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."  To drink His Blood is to believe on Him as Saviour!  "As many as received Him ...."  (John 1:12)  Trust His Blood, you have Life!  Reject His Blood, then comes death, eternal death in a place called Hell!

Lastly we have victory through the Blood of our Lord!  How can that be proved? It's in Revelation 12:11 that we read:  "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."  That verb "overcame" translates "nikao," meaning to conquer or prevail!  The "him" of our verse is the devil!  The devil is whipped via the Blood!

Let me close today by saying this:  Thank God for The Blood!

I'm sure we have yet to discover all that Calvary's Precious Flow does for us!

But what little I have learned ... is thrilling my soul this Sunday morning!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

THIS BRINGS US TO THE CONCLUSION OF THIS VERSE-BY-VERSE SERIES.  I ADMIRE THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE STAYED WITH THIS MATERIAL TO THE END! YOU HAVE THE CHARACTER OF A REAL BIBLE STUDENT!  HOW VAST ARE THE EFFECTS OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS!  (AND LIKELY THE HALF HAS NEVER YET BEEN TOLD!)

 

 

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