Acts + Letters Lesson 15 Day 3

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Hebrews 9:1-14 

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 15

Jesus is High Priest Over a Superior Tabernacle

6. Insufficiency of the first covenant’s system of worship

The first covenant had its own rules and regulations for divine worship. (v. 1 AMPC)

The rules and regulations took place in an earthly sanctuary.

This sanctuary contained two rooms.

  • The Holy Place: This first room or compartment contained a lampstand and a table to hold sacred loaves of bread. (v. 2)
  • The Most Holy Place or Holy of Holies: This second room or area was behind the second curtain or veil. Inside was a gold incense altar and the ark (chest) of the covenant covered with gold. Inside the chest was a gold urn of manna, Aaron’s staff that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. (v. 3-4)
  • Above the ark “cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat.” (v. 5)
  • The priests go into the first section continually. (v. 6)
  • Only the high priest goes behind the veil into the Holy of Holies once a year. He offers blood for his sins and the accumulated sins of the people. (v. 7)

The way into the Holy Place wasn’t revealed while the first tabernacle was still standing. (v. 8)

The tabernacle and the temple of the Old Covenant had beautiful furnishings, but no place for the priests to sit down because their work was never finished. The work of Jesus is finished, therefore He is seated in heaven. (Enduring Word)

7. The Superior Sanctuary in Heaven

“Jesus, as our High Priest, ministers in a superior sanctuary—the very throne room of God. This is obviously a place greater than anything human hands could make.” (Enduring Word)

The Superior Sacrifice

“With his own blood . . . Jesus entered the Most Holy Place [in heaven] once for all time and secured our redemption forever.” (v. 13 NLT)

8. Gospel Means Good News

Under the first covenant, the blood of animals symbolized atonement. The High Priest sprinkled blood on the mercy seat year after year.

“Jesus’ blood was the perfect sacrifice that forever removed the barrier between sinful man and holy God.” (v. 12, AWLC)

At Jesus’ death (unblemished sacrifice to God), He became the Mediator of the new covenant.

Jesus’ sacrifice “purified our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God.” (v. 14 AMPC)

The conscience is the part of us that excuses or accuses us (Romans 2:15). So, this is speaking of the guilt our consciences produce when we’ve done wrong or the self-righteousness our consciences produce when we’ve done right. We need to be purged from both of these functions of the conscience (Hebrews 10:22). Our total trust has to be in what Jesus has done for us and not what we have done for Him. (AWLC)

Because Jesus removed our sin and doesn’t remember it, believers are without guilt. We still may feel remorse and deal with consequences caused by our sin, but we are forgiven 100%.

We should not allow any person or demon to convince us that our sin is unforgiveable.

“I will make it clear: Anyone, no matter who they are, that brings you a different gospel than the grace gospel that you have received, let them be condemned and cursed!” (Galatians 1:8-9 TPT)

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