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Pamphlet 1976 Hebrews kc 17-7

When you step out of the shower in the morning, do you still feel dirty? Of course not! Neither should you feel dirty when you wash away your sins, your filthy garments, with the blood of the Lamb...

Let us now return to Hebrews 10:14 where Paul once again is going to show us the beauty of the New Covenant, as compared with all those sacrifices of the Old Covenant which could not sanctify the children of God.

Hebrews 10:14
For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
"Them that are sanctified" are those who love Him. And again, to be perfected is to be "teleioo" in Greek, which means completed, fulfilled. Are you beginning to understand?

Here it is once again:

"We are "complete" in Jesus Christ, which means that we are complete when the laws of God, the Word of God, dwells (lives) in our hearts because it is etched (graven) in our minds."
[15] Where of the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,

[16] This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

We learned in a previous study that the word "write" (epigrapho) means to "engrave upon" (epi = against or upon, grapho = to grave, i.e. engrave). This should help us to understand the second commandment:
Exodus 20:4
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
What on earth or what in heaven's name is engraved upon your mind? What occupies your mind? In other words, what images would one see if he were to look upon the walls of your mind? Material things? A church perhaps? Saints for this day or that? It is the law of God, i.e. His Word, that is to be engraved there. Sadly though, for so many of our brothers and sisters this is not the case, because the fact is we are nation of Biblical illiterates, void of understanding, who have allowed materialism and the traditions of men to creep in and to be engraved where they ought not, in the space where His Word should be written!
Hebrews 10:17
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
This is profound! We can be forgiven and have peace of mind and serenity (entering into His rest) for evermore, because once forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that's it... it's gone... leaving nothing more to be atoned for!
[18] Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

[19] Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

To enter in "boldly" does not mean to be "brazen", but rather to enter in with "full assurance", with complete and utter confidence, knowing with certitude that you are forgiven and made clean by the blood of the Lamb.
[20] By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

[21] And having an high priest over the house of God;

[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.

When you step out of the shower in the morning, do you still feel dirty? Of course not! Neither should you feel dirty when you wash away your sins, your filthy garments, with the blood of the Lamb... that is if you believe God is faithful and true to His Word! Do you have that "full assurance of faith" which comes from knowing Him? If so, Paul just said that when we wash our bodies (cleanse our "garments") with "pure water" ("rain" from heaven) then we should have a clear conscience, knowing that we have been thoroughly cleansed because the blood of the Lamb has been "sprinkled" on us to make us clean and white. (Remember Hebrews 9:22: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.")

Therefore, when you repent and ask for forgiveness, do not then walk around depressed all day with a guilty conscience. Otherwise, it is like you took your shower without turning the water on.

We live in perilous times, a time of trials and great temptations, with even greater spiritual tribulation just ahead. Know therefore and understand the reality of what Paul is teaching us in this great Book of Hebrews and "be thou cleansed", and you shall have the victory over death.

Rev. 7:14
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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