Acts + Letters Lesson 15 Day 4

Hebrews 9:15-28

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 15

The perfect sanctuary receives a perfect sacrifice.*

*Enduring Word

9. Jesus and the New Covenant

His “death occurred for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, that those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” (v. 15)

Jesus’ payment on the cross accomplished redemption for those under the first covenant. Every sacrifice for sin made in faith under the Mosaic command was an IOU paid in full at the cross. (Enduring Word)

Christ, the Messiah is the Negotiator and Mediator of a new covenant. (v. 15)

He intercedes for us. “Therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing that he lives forever to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

Jesus’ death perfectly paid the ransom price to buy our freedom from the guilt and punishment of sin.

How to receive

“Believe [have faith in, to commit to, to trust] in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” [sōzō—deliver or protect (literally or figuratively):—heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.] (Acts 16:31) *Strongs

Receive God’s grace gift by faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

10. Blood was necessary to ratify the First Covenant and the New Covenant.

A testament, as in a last will and testament, has no legal authority until after the death of the one who made it, as illustrated by the ratification of the first covenant at Sinai (see Exodus 24:5-8). Jesus had to die to establish the New Covenant.

Why blood?

God required the death of Jesus as a substitute for all of us. When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost eternal life. Jesus redeemed humanity from the curse.

Blood represents death.

The judgment of God was: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17). So, our sin cost us our lives. But the mercy of God allowed us to substitute animal’s blood (or life) for our own blood under the O.T. This was not a true atonement, but only a type of the true atonement that would take place when Christ came and offered His own blood (life) in our stead. Everything God does for us is dependent on the blood of Jesus that removed our death sentence. (AWLC)

Under the law of Moses, nearly everything was symbolically purified with the blood of animals. The copies of the real things in heaven had to be cleansed.

Jesus didn’t enter into the earthly temple and sprinkle His blood on the mercy seat. He entered into the true temple in heaven and placed His blood on the true mercy seat, and He only did it once for all sins of all mankind. There is no need to reapply His blood every time we sin. We were sanctified and perfected forever. (Hebrews 9:12; 10:10, and 14). (AWLC)

11. For all that You’ve done I will thank You.

Let’s come before his presence with thanksgiving.
Let’s extol him with songs!
For Yahweh is a great God,
a great King above all gods.. (Psalm 95:2-3)

At a recent conference, one of the speakers said that every day he tries to think of a new thing to express gratitude for.

♫ Thank You, Lord by Dennis Jernigan ♫

For all that You’ve done, I will thank You
For all the You’re going to do
For all that You’ve promised
And all that You are
Is all that has carried me through
Jesus I thank You

And I thank You
Thank You Lord
And I thank You
Thank You Lord

Thank You for loving and setting me free
Thank You for giving Your life just for me
How I thank You
Jesus, I thank You
Gratefully thank You
Thank You

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My answers to BSF Bible Study Fellowship questions Acts + Letters of the Apostles Lesson 15 Day 4