Hebrews Chapter 9
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
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Hebrews Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
The Jewish tabernacle and its utensils. (1-5) Their use and meaning. (6-10) These fulfilled in Christ. (11-22) The necessity, superior dignity, and power of his priesthood and sacrifice. (23-28)1-5 The apostle shows to the Hebrews the typical reference of their ceremonies to Christ. The tabernacle was a movable temple, shadowing forth the unsettled state of the church upon earth, and the human nature of the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom the fulness of the Godhead dwelt bodily. The typical meaning of these things has been shown in former remarks, and the ordinances and articles of the Mosaic covenant point out Christ as our Light, and as the Bread of life to our souls; and remind us of his Divine Person, his holy priesthood, perfect righteousness, and all-prevailing intercession. Thus was the Lord Jesus Christ, all and in all, from the beginning. And as interpreted by the gospel, these things are a glorious representation of the wisdom of God, and confirm faith in Him who was prefigured by them.
6-10 The apostle goes on to speak of the Old Testament services. Christ, having undertaken to be our High Priest, could not enter into heaven till he had shed his blood for us; and none of us can enter, either into God's gracious presence here, or his glorious presence hereafter, but by the blood of Jesus. Sins are errors, great errors, both in judgment and practice; and who can understand all his errors? They leave guilt upon the conscience, not to be washed away but by the blood of Christ. We must plead this blood on earth, while he is pleading it for us in heaven. A few believers, under the Divine teaching, saw something of the way of access to God, of communion with him, and of admission into heaven through the promised Redeemer, but the Israelites in general looked no further than the outward forms. These could not take away the defilement or dominion of sin. They could neither discharge the debts, nor resolve the doubts, of him who did the service. Gospel times are, and should be, times of reformation, of clearer light as to all things needful to be known, and of greater love, causing us to bear ill-will to none, but good-will to all. We have greater freedom, both of spirit and speech, in the gospel, and greater obligations to a more holy living.
11-14 All good things past, present, and to come, were and are founded upon the priestly office of Christ, and come to us from thence. Our High Priest entered into heaven once for all, and has obtained eternal redemption. The Holy Ghost further signified and showed that the Old Testament sacrifices only freed the outward man from ceremonial uncleanness, and fitted him for some outward privileges. What gave such power to the blood of Christ? It was Christ's offering himself without any sinful stain in his nature or life. This cleanses the most guilty conscience from dead, or deadly, works to serve the living God; from sinful works, such as pollute the soul, as dead bodies did the persons of the Jews who touched them; while the grace that seals pardon, new-creates the polluted soul. Nothing more destroys the faith of the gospel, than by any means to weaken the direct power of the blood of Christ. The depth of the mystery of the sacrifice of Christ, we cannot dive into, the height we cannot comprehend. We cannot search out the greatness of it, or the wisdom, the love, the grace that is in it. But in considering the sacrifice of Christ, faith finds life, food, and refreshment.
15-22 The solemn transactions between God and man, are sometimes called a covenant, here a testament, which is a willing deed of a person, bestowing legacies on such persons as are described, and it only takes effect upon his death. Thus Christ died, not only to obtain the blessings of salvation for us, but to give power to the disposal of them. All, by sin, were become guilty before God, had forfeited every thing that is good; but God, willing to show the greatness of his mercy, proclaimed a covenant of grace. Nothing could be clean to a sinner, not even his religious duties; except as his guilt was done away by the death of a sacrifice, of value sufficient for that end, and unless he continually depended upon it. May we ascribe all real good works to the same all-procuring cause, and offer our spiritual sacrifices as sprinkled with Christ's blood, and so purified from their defilement.
23-28 It is evident that the sacrifices of Christ are infinitely better than those of the law, which could neither procure pardon for sin, nor impart power against it. Sin would still have been upon us, and have had dominion over us; but Jesus Christ, by one sacrifice, has destroyed the works of the devil, that believers may be made righteous, holy, and happy. As no wisdom, learning, virtue, wealth, or power, can keep one of the human race from death, so nothing can deliver a sinner from being condemned at the day of judgment, except the atoning sacrifice of Christ; nor will one be saved from eternal punishment who despises or neglects this great salvation. The believer knows that his Redeemer liveth, and that he shall see him. Here is the faith and patience of the church, of all sincere believers. Hence is their continual prayer as the fruit and expression of their faith, Even so come, Lord Jesus.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Ben Weaver's Hebrews Chapter 9 comment about verse 17 on 12/06/2014, 11:42am...
The phrase "new testament " as used in the Bible, seems to mean God 's covenant, or arrangement with humanity, as set apart from the old one, and has numerous indicators to having begun only after the death of the Mediator, who is obviously Jesus, the Messiah. However, when capitalized, it refers to the man made title of the sacred writings added to the Jewish scriptures, which begin about 33 yrs. before God 's new covenant, or testament could be in effect, and includes the developing stage the life and teaching of Jesus before he performed his redeeming work. This discrepancy can be confusing, since Jesus taught a mixture of the old and the new covenants to people who were still under the law of Moses. I feel we should "rightly divide the word of truth " and apply the new testament principles to Christianity. Legalistic religion has caused many wrong divisions in our Lord 's body of believers.
Insight 777's Hebrews Chapter 9 comment on 11/02/2014, 2:23pm...
This chapter is teaching the law of Moses not the law of Jesus. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. WHAT? Jesus taught the words of God that have no truth unless you are dead, do you believe that? Love and Peace mean nothing while people are alive, can that be truth? Open your eyes. Jesus does not want his followers to believe in blood sacrifice. Blood sacrifice is demonic. Jesus sat at Jacobs well and said that those that drink of that water shall always thirst. Jacob is Israel. Israel believes in blood sacrifice, the Passover blood. Israel killed Jesus the true word of God and they want him to stay dead. People that want to believe the death of Jesus saved them are doing it for their own selfish motivation. THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THE JEWS THAT HAD JESUS NAILED TO THE CROSS. They want the DEATH of Jesus. They want the death of pure love. To be in the body of Jesus one must be love. Love does not want the death of Jesus. It was mentioned, John 3. 5 it says no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. That water is NOT from the teachings of Moses, Jacobs well. It is the words of God from Jesus, his water not his blood, that will save you.
LivingForChrist's Hebrews Chapter 9 comment on 8/26/2014, 3:22pm...
So many missing the baptism in Jesus name according to Act 2 38.You are to repent first then to be baptized in his, name.In john 3 5 it says no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.We have to get it right according to gods word people.
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