The holy writer explains the purpose of the Old Testament sacrifices (vv. 1, 3) and the one-time sacrifice of Jesus Christ for all sin.

BibleGateway: Hebrews 10:1-12

ESV Text: Hebrews 10:1-12

Hebrews 10:1–12 (Listen)

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

10:1 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Consequently, when Christ1 came into the world, he said,


  “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
    but a body have you prepared for me;
  in burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you have taken no pleasure.
  Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
    as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ2 had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,

Footnotes

[1] 10:5 Greek he

[2] 10:12 Greek this one

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 10

     1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

     7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 156:
Not all the Blood of Beasts

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Not all the blood of beasts 
On Jewish altars slain 
Could give the guilty conscience peace 
Or wash away the stain. 

2. But Christ, the heavenly Lamb, 
Takes all our sins away; 
A sacrifice of nobler name 
And richer blood than they. 

3. My faith would lay her hand 
On that dear head, of Thine 
While like a penitent I stand 
And there confess my sin. 

4. My soul looks back to see 
The burden Thou didst bear 
When hanging on the cursed tree 
And knows her guilt was there. 

5. Believing, we rejoice 
To see the curse remove; 
We bless the Lamb with cheerful voice 
And sing His bleeding love. 


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Verses 3-5 contain a significant proof of the deity of the Holy Spirit. Do you see it?

BibleGateway: Acts 5:1-11

ESV Text: Acts 5:1-11

Acts 5:1–11 (Listen)

Ananias and Sapphira

5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you1 sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Footnotes

[1] 5:8 The Greek for you is plural here

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 5

     1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 228:
Oh, Enter, Lord, Thy Temple

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Oh, enter, Lord, Thy temple, 
Be Thou my spirit’s Guest, 
Who gavest me, the earth-born, 
A second birth more blest. 
Thou in the Godhead, Lord, 
Though here to dwell Thou deignest, 
Forever equal reignest, 
Art equally adored. 

2. Oh, enter, let me know Thee 
And feel Thy power within, 
The power that breaks our fetters 
And rescues us from sin; 
Oh, wash and cleanse Thou me 
That I may serve Thee truly 
And render honor duly 
With perfect heart to Thee. 

3. Thou art, O Holy Spirit, 
The true anointing Oil, 
Through which are consecrated 
Soul, body, rest, and toil 
To Christ, whose guardian wings, 
Where’er their lot appointed, 
Protect His own anointed, 
His prophets, priests, and kings. 

4. Thou, Holy Spirit, teachest 
The soul to pray aright; 
Thy songs have sweetest music, 
Thy prayers have wondrous might. 
Unheard they cannot fall, 
They pierce the highest heaven 
Till He His help hath given 
Who surely helpeth all. 

5. Thy gift is joy, O Spirit, 
Thou wouldst not have us pine; 
In darkest hours Thy comfort 
Doth ever brightly shine. 
And, oh, how oft Thy voice 
Hath shed its sweetness o’er me 
And opened heaven before me 
And bid my heart rejoice! 

6. All love is Thine, O Spirit; 
Thou hatest enmity; 
Thou lovest peace and friendship, 
All strife wouldst have us flee; 
Where wrath and discord reign, 
Thy whisper kindly pleadeth 
And to the heart that heedeth 
Brings love and light again. 

7. Our path in all things order 
According to Thy mind, 
And when this life is over 
And all must be resigned, 
Oh, grant us then to die 
With calm and fearless spirit 
And after death inherit 
Eternal life on high. 


Hymn: LSB 502 Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven
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