The Cleansing Blood of Christ
Hebrews 9


The Epistle to the Hebrews
Go on to maturity in Christ, our heavenly Priest

He is a royal priest who serves in the heavenly sanctuary Fully tested and sinless, passed thru Better the 1:1-2 heavens 1:3–2:18 Position

Better 3:1–4:13 High Priest

Better Covenant

He is the mediator of the new covenant, based on better promises 10: Better 19-39 11:1–13:25 Sacrifice, Better Sanctuary




Heb 9:1–10

Inside the Tabernacle
The road map to God’s presence The roadblock to God’s perfection 1–5


Heb 9:1–5

The Furniture of the Holy Place
  “Even”


(cf. 8:13)
  The first covenant

regulated worship and the earthly sanctuary 1b
  The Holy Place
  The lampstand   The table with


offered bread



Heb 9:1–5

The Furniture of the Holy Place

  The second veil,

to the Holy of Holies
  “HAVING . . . “


The golden altar of incense

and the Ark of the Covenant

Heb 9:1–5

The Furniture of the Holy Place
The Ark of the Covenant 4–5
  Its golden appearance 4a   Its contents

4b   Golden urn of manna   Aaron’s rod that budded
  Stone tables of the

  Its throne   The two cherubim   The mercy seat

5 Now is not the time to speak of these things in detail.



Heb 9:6–10

The Restrictions on the Holy of Holies
  So with these things

prepared like this,

  the priests enter

continually into the outer tent their duties.

  as they perform


Heb 9:6–10

The Restrictions on the Holy of Holies
  But only the high priest   enters once a year

into the inner tent, that he offers for himself and the errors of the people. 7

  and not without blood



Heb 9:6–10

The Restrictions on the Holy of Holies
  The way to God was veiled

(“had not yet appeared”) under the old covenant. 8 parable during the time of its employment, when sacrifices could not perfect the conscience. 9

  The tabernacle was a

  External regulations

imposed until the new order came. 10

Heb 9:11–14

Eternal Redemption by Christ’s Blood
Christ is the high priest of the good things to come. 11a He entered the heavenly tabernacle. 11b

His own blood was His offering. 12a He entered once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 12b



Heb 9:11–14

Eternal Redemption by Christ’s Blood

How Could Salvation Take Place Before Jesus Died on the Cross?
Rom 3:25
God publicly displayed [Christ Jesus] at His death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, . . . because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed.



Heb 9:15–17

Christ Had to Die
  Christ is the mediator of

a new covenant.


  His death redeemed us

believers to receive the eternal inheritance. 15b
  The covenant-maker

“dies” when he makes the sacrifice it requires. 16–17

Jeremiah 31:31–34

The New Covenant
Review from our previous class.

A new covenant I will make, not like the old one on stone. . . I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
  And no longer shall each man

What sacrifice does this covenant require?

teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.



1 Cor 11:25

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Heb 9:18–22

Blood is required to inaugurate a covenant
  The passage quotes from

Exodus 24:1–8   Moses read God’s covenant   The people agreed to obey it   Moses sprinkled blood to ratify it
  Later, the altar and priests

were sprinkled with blood.

Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Heb 9:22b



Heb 9:23–28

Christ, Our Highway to Heaven
What Christ Did NOT Do
  Be only an earthly sacrifice

What Christ DID Do
  Be a better sacrifice


  Enter earthly sanctuary 24a   Offer himself repeatedly

  Entered God’s presence 24b   Appeared once for all at the

with animal blood and face judgment

25 27

  Appear only once, then die

consummation of the ages to put away sin through his own sacrifice 26b
  Will come again to bring



So What?

  The doctrine of salvation is

  Christ’s death guarantees that

grounded in blood atonement. 9:22
  To receive eternal life, we must

we are God’s heirs for eternity. 9:14, 15, 28
  Christ’s sacrifice is the

experience redemption and forgiveness that comes through Christ’s shed blood. 9:15
  The Christian’s mind and soul

consummation of the ages. 9:26
  Christ appears in God’s

presence for us. 9:24

may be cleansed from guilt and for serving God. 9:14