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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

II. TWO TEMPLES and a NEW PRIESTHOOD



Zechariah
II. TWO TEMPLES and a NEW PRIESTHOOD

The Levitical priesthood of Israel allowed the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to be corrupted in its purpose.  Under their guardianship of Scripture, they allowed the doctrine of salvation to evolve into a process that began with faith in the coming propitiatory sacrifice of the promised Messiah (the Abrahamic Covenant), but then made keeping the Law necessary to keeping one’s salvation.  Because of that failure, God cast away the priesthood of Israel because they failed in their primary responsibility of preserving the purity of the Gospel of grace.  

We must constantly remind ourselves that the Mosaic Covenant (the Law) was added to the Abrahamic Covenant for sanctificational purposes, NOT to add conditions for salvation.  The Law was not given to the lost world.  The Law was given to an already redeemed people in the nation of Israel to govern their lives, not to save their souls. 

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ {the Abrahamic Covenant}, the law {the Mosaic Covenant}, which was four hundred and thirty years after {the Abrahamic Covenant}, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law {the Mosaic Covenant}, it is no more of promise{the Abrahamic Covenant}: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 Wherefore then serveth the law {why did God give the Law}? It was added {to the Abrahamic Covenant} because of transgressions (for sanctificational purposes; not salvational purposes}, till the seed {the promised Messiah of Genesis 3:15} should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator” (Galatians 3:16-19).

Therefore, the Jew was never partially saved by faith and then preserved in that salvation by Law keeping.  No one has ever experienced that kind of salvation for that kind of salvation has never/ever existed.  This defines the Levitical priesthood’s corruption of these two covenants.  The epistle to the Hebrews warns than going backward to this corrupted incompletion in the Mosaic Covenant rather than remaining under the completion of the New Covenant “in Christ” is the warning about falling away in Hebrews 6:6.  There is no remedy for those rejecting completion of the New Covenant by returning to incompletion under the Mosaic Covenant. 

4 For it is impossible for those who were once {for all} enlightened {given understanding}, and have tasted {have a full sense of} of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted {have a full sense of} the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away {deviate to another pathway; John 14:6}, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:4-6).

Often people use Hebrews 6:4-6 to support the idea of being able to lose one’s salvation.  In actuality, it is a warning about reprobation.  Reprobation is the end result of God’s action upon the mind and soul where He progressively gives a person “up” as a result of digressing degrees of unbelief (non-faith; Romans 1:24, 26 and 28).  Reprobation is the final stage in God’s pre-salvation work of the Holy Spirit upon those who reject the truth of His existence.

The word “reprobate” used in Romans 1:28 is from the Greek word adokimos (ad-ok’-ee-mos).  It is a word used to describe the testing of valuable metals or coins, such as silver or gold, for authenticity.  It simply means disapproved or rejected.  However, the consequence of the meaning is the focus of the statement in Romans 1:28.  Something disapproved was “cast away.”  

The warning of Hebrews chapter six is a warning to not abandon a professed faith in the Christ of the completion in the New Covenant by returning to Mosaic Covenant incompletion by trying to intermix Mosaic Covenant practices and priesthood with those of the New Covenant.  

There are two phrases used in the epistle to the Hebrews to describe this abandonment of professed faith in Christ’s completion.  These two phrases are “fall away” (Hebrews 6:6) and “draw back” (Hebrews 10:38 and 39).  These two phrases are synonymous with this warning of a potential for reprobation.

35 Cast not away therefore your confidence {by returning to the corruptions of incompletion in the Mosaic Covenant}, which {‘confidence’ in the ‘finished’ work of redemption} hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith {in the complete remission of the sin penalty until He comes}: but if any man draw back {by returning to the corruptions of incompletion in the Mosaic Covenant}, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we {truly ‘born again’ faith people} are not of them who draw back {by returning to the corruptions of incompletion in the Mosaic Covenant} unto perdition; but of them that believe {‘confidence’ in the ‘finished’ work of redemption} to the saving of the soul. 1 Now {continuing} faith {in the completion of the New Covenant sacrifice of Christ} is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 10:35-11:1).

The words “fall away” of Hebrews 6:6 are translated from the Greek word parapipto (par-ap-ip’-to), which means to deviate from the right path, to turn aside or away.  The idea is the abandonment of the right path for a wrong path.  The subject of the verse is faith in the “finished” (completed) redemptive work of Christ.  Therefore, God is warning about choosing a pathway of faith that is disallowed or rejected by God.  To do so is to put oneself in the position of potential reprobation. 

The words “draw back” in Hebrews 10:38 are translated from the Greek word hupostello (hoop-os-tel’-lo), which means withdraw or to shun.  It is a warning to those considering returning to Mosaic Covenant Sacerdotalism of incompletion with its constant sacrifices and rituals.  The warning is severe.  Returning to the abrogated sacrifices, rituals, and authority of the Levitical priesthood of the Mosaic Covenant as a basis of faith is in fact withdrawing from the “way” in Christ in the Gospel. 

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions {not of this world}: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you {not of this world}. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”(John 14:1-6).

To choose the pathway of incompletion purported by the Judaizers trying to get Christians to adopt and adapt Mosaic Covenant practices and authorities should not be considered as another pathway of equal opportunity.  It is, in fact, a pathway of “perdition.”  This word “perdition” in Hebrews 10:39 is from the Greek word apoleia (ap-o’-li-a).  It refers to utter destruction.  It refers to the destruction that consists of eternal misery in hell.  To return to faith in the Mosaic Covenant and its innumerable sacrifices, that by the very nature of their repetition, is equal to rejecting the New Covenant sacrifice of completion (Colossians 2:10).

However, apparently, there were still the “those” (Hebrews 6:4) and the “they” and the “them” (Hebrews 6:6) who abandoned the New Covenant, and all that it offered, to continue in the old corrupted ways of the Mosaic Covenant.  Thus, the damming doctrine of legalism entered in to the Church of Christ reducing the ordinances of the church into sacraments in imitation of the sacrificial and sacerdotal system of the Mosaic Covenant.  Continued trust in this Mosaic Covenant, which merely looked forward in anticipation of the coming Messiah who would once for all provide a complete and finished work of redemption in the New Covenant, is actually a serious manifestation of unbelief.  Incompletion and completion are obviously not equals. 
 
The word “once” in Hebrews 6:4 is from the Greek word hapax (hap’-ax).  This word is better translated “once for all.”  It refers to something done so thoroughly that it never needs repetition.  The emphasis is on completion as opposed to incompletion. 

The hypothetical in “partakers of the Holy Ghost” (Hebrews 6:4); the “those,” the “they” and the “them” had at one time cooperated with the Holy Spirit in His pre-salvation ministry in bringing them to an understanding of the facts of New Covenant faith (the “way”).  Some were about to return to the incomplete way.  Although there were some who had “tasted of the good word of God,” they did not retain their faith in the New Covenant completion (Hebrews 6:5).  The word “tasted” is equal to someone having a sense of the flavor of the New Covenant, but who rejected that taste.  Returning to Sacerdotalism and sacrificial rituals was equated with spitting out the New Covenant truths of completion and rejecting Christ.  

According to Hebrews 6:6, returning to the incompletion of the Mosaic Covenant sacrifices and practices was equal to falling away from New Covenant faith.  Doing so was an act of unbelief, revealing that the faith they professed was not saving faith at all.  Doing what they were thinking of doing was equal to rejecting  Christ’s “finished” Cross-work and outwardly putting Jesus to “open shame.”  This shame of incompletion was continually holding Jesus up for public disgrace.  The Cross was a place of shame and disgrace.  The crucifixion disgraced the Name of Jesus.  However, the disgrace Christ bore was our disgrace.  Returning to incomplete sacrifices in the Mosaic Covenant, or to the abrogated authority of the Levitical priesthood, was equal to renouncing faith in Christ.  

Participation in any sacramental service is a testimony of unbelief.  That is why it is “impossible . . . to renew them again unto repentance” (Hebrews 6:8) because they have, in fact, been rejected by God for their unbelief.  This warning of reprobation does not apply to those that participate in complete ignorance.  To reject Christ can simply be to deny his “finished” work by false practices.  The ordinances we practice must correspond in their portrayal of the New Covenant faith or the practitioners thereby declare themselves “anathema” before God.  Doing so forever curses and condemns them for this wicked act of unbelief.  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1).

Church Age believers must understand that there will be another Temple built in Jerusalem prior to the second coming of Christ.  This Temple will be built just before the Tribulation, or at least before the middle of the seven year Tribulation on Earth.  In May of 2018, Benjamin Netanyahu introduced his plans for this third Temple to be built adjacent to the Dome of the Rock on the thirty-five acre Temple Mount site.  Plans for building of this Third Temple along with a Temple Museum will put three main structures on the thirty-five acre Temple Mount site;  the Dome of the Rock, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the new third Temple yet to be constructed. 

And when these things {the things listed in Luke 21:20-26} begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your {Israel’s} redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

10 Called of God an high priest {referring to Jesus} after the order of Melchisedec. 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered {difficult to explain in words}, seeing ye are dull of hearing {lazy/sluggish/resisting listeners}. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers {ministering priests}, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles {the elementary fundamentals} of the oracles {logion; utterances} of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful {inexperienced and ignorant} in the word of righteousness {most probably referring to the understanding of the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone in the ‘finished’ work of redemption in Christ alone}: for he is a babe {nepios; yet unable to speak; who does not understand}. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age {teleios, full maturity} even those who by reason {though the medium of habit or practice of teaching and applying the Word of God} of use have their senses {the mind as an organ of perception and judgment} exercised {trained or disciplined} to discern {a judicial estimation thereby making a clear decision about what is} both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:10-14).

Hebrews 5:1-4 defines the qualifications of an earthly priesthood, of which only exists in the priesthood of all believers today.  Hebrews 5:1 deals with Jesus as the “High Priest” of the priesthood of all Church Age believers.  The general priesthood is not the emphasis in this text.  Although most of the job description and qualifications apply to all believer-priests, only Jesus offered Himself as the sacrifice for sin.  What are the qualifications defined in Hebrews 5:1-4 of the “High Priest” that also define the priorities of all His order of priests under His supervision?

1. “Taken from among men” (5:1)
2. “Ordained” (appointed) for men (5:1)
3. To be occupied with “things pertaining to God” (God’s will first; 5:1)
4. Offers “both gifts and sacrifices for sins” (man’s needs second; 5:1)
5. Must maintain a balanced compassion and understanding for sinners, without being lenient about sin; gentleness when dealing with sinners, but not permissiveness (5:2).
6. Must be graciously conscious of the frailty and failures of his humanity while being willing to recognize these frailties and failures and deal with them before God (5:3).
7. The High Priest must be called of God (as required of all priests; Ephesians 4:1).  The position of priest is not for the purpose of self-promotion or self-glory (5:4).


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Monday, November 19, 2018

TWO TEMPLES and a NEW PRIESTHOOD



Zechariah
Chapter Sixteen
TWO TEMPLES and a NEW PRIESTHOOD

       
   When someone tells us they are a doctor, lawyer, carpenter, or accountant, we understand that the terms are connected to the work they do.  So it should be with the term Christian.  However, we have an almost complete disconnect from the term Christian and the priesthood of the believer in these last days.  In fact, most people professing to be Christian know nothing at all about the priesthood of all believers.  Sadly, even most Baptists know the term only in passing with very little knowledge of how it applies to them personally in the responsibilities to God for this honored position.  The priesthood of the believer is a trust!  Learn of what you are trusted and become “doers of the Word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).

          That there is a physical Millennial Kingdom Temple for the Jews from which Jesus will rule the world is a prophetic promise of God in Zechariah 6:12-15.  That fact is obvious.  However, what is often missed is that there will also be a spiritual, living Temple through which Jesus will rule His one-world Kingdom.  It is to this latter Temple that Peter speaks in I Peter 2:4-12.

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God {vocational election; Ephesians 4:1}, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ {the believer’s High Priest}. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone {Jesus}, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded {dishonored or disgraced}. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders {the priesthood of Israel} disallowed {rejected}, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word {the apostate priesthood}, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed {Jesus had to be crucified and resurrected or we would have no Redeemer and no door into the New Genesis}. 9 But ye {Sela} are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers {your beliefs, practices, and customs will seem strange to the lost people of the world} and pilgrims {sojourners not yet occupying their true new citizenship of Heaven}, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation {manner of living} honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers {beliefs, practices, and customs are viewed as worthless}, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God {maintain a high view of God} in the day of visitation {when Jesus finally takes believers to glory}” (I Peter 2:4-12).

          I Peter 2:9 is the all encompassing prophetic statement connecting all Church Age believers to their obligations in a new priesthood after the order of Melchizedek.  This new priesthood will become the living Temple of “lively stones” through which Jesus will rule His one-world Kingdom on Earth with a “rod of iron.”  Just as their will be obligations of that new Melchizedekian priesthood throughout the Kingdom Age, there are obligations throughout the Church Age.  

          The corruption of the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers was one of the first satanic attacks against the Church right after the attacks against the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Galatians 1:6-9).  This corruption of the priesthood of all believers came to be known as Nicolaitanism.  Nicolaitanism separated Christians into two divisions: ruling clergymen and stupid laity who were incapable of doing the “work of the ministry.”  Of course the vast majority of commentators on the “Nicolaitans” were “Nicolaitans,” so they found another explanation of Christ’s condemnation of the corruption in Revelation 2:6 and Revelation 2:15.  C.I. Scofield has a defining comment on this corruption that is faithful to Christ’s intended condemnation:

1 Nicolaitanes
From nikao, ‘to conquer,’ and laos, ‘the people,’ or ‘laity.’ There is no ancient authority for a sect of the Nicolaitanes. If the word is symbolic it refers to the earliest form of the notion of a priestly order, or ‘clergy,’ which later divided an equal brotherhood Mt 23:8 into ‘priests’ and ‘laity.’ What in Ephesus was ‘deeds’ Re 2:6 had become in Pergamos a ‘doctrine’ Re 2:15.”[1]

          What was the effect of the satanic corruption of doctrine of the priesthood of all believers?  The primary corruption was the creation of a hierarchy of clergy that ruled local churches abrogating the priesthood of all believers that was intended to exist in congregational polity.  The governance of local churches was literally stolen from local congregations.  Individual believers, in most part, totally lost their voice in the government of their local churches.  Who could become members of local churches became the sole discretion of the ruling clergy.  The ruling clergy also would solely determine right or wrong doctrines for local churches that would later evolve into corrupt denominations of alliances of local churches.  Once these denominations evolved, individual local congregations would no longer even have a voice in choosing who would be their pastors.  There have been all kinds of variations of this corruption down trough the centuries, but the point is that Christ hates ANY KIND of this corruption of the priesthood of all His believers.  

          The second great corruption of the doctrine of the priesthood of the believers is that individual believers (the laity) were deemed incapable of doing the “work of the ministry.”  In this corruption, it became the responsibility of the laity to fiscally support the clergy so the clergy could do the “work of the ministry.”  (PIC) Individual believers began to be viewed by the clergy as merely cows to be milked or sheep to be sheared.  The clergy became a kind of spiritual royalty to be reverenced by the laity (hence the term Reverend).  Whole cultures became Christian by proclamation of kings and by mass baptisms, without any consent of individuals, or the masses, or without any mention of personal conversion.  If the clergy was supposed to do all the “work of the ministry,” there certainly was no need for the laborious instruction necessary to “perfecting” all believers for “the work of the ministry.”  Under this scenario of Christianity, only the clergy needed Bibles and only the clergy needed to know how to read.  Everyone else were just managed.  This is NOT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES!

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one {Jew and Gentile in the body of Christ}, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself {the New Genesis in the last Adam} of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby {the curse of the Law}: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off {Gentiles}, and to them that were nigh {Jews}. 18 For through him {Jesus} we both {Jew and Gentile in the body of Christ} have access by one Spirit unto the Father {a privilege only of the priesthood under the Mosaic Covenant} . 19 Now therefore {in the New Covenant} ye {plural; Jew and Gentile collectively in the body of Christ} are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God {the nation of Israel}; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth {local church growth through evangelism and discipleship} unto an holy temple {of living stones} in the Lord {‘in’ the New Creation}: 22 In whom {the New Genesis in Jesus} ye also are builded together {as a living Temple of priests} for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:14-22).

        The ramifications of the corruptions of the priesthood of all believers as a living Temple through which Christ ministers is overwhelming in scope.  Along with maintaining the purity of the gift of salvation offered by grace alone and received through faith alone in Christ alone, the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers should be guarded with equal tenacity.  By corrupting the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers, Satan and his deceivers were able to remove most of the appointed guardians of the Gospel allowing the wolves to become shepherds of the sheep. 

          The protective custody of the Gospel given to the priesthood of all believers is the substance of the epistle to the Hebrews.  The epistle is written to address the corruption of the Gospel by Jews, who professed to be Christians, but continued to make believers obligated to be circumcised, continue to offer the appropriate Mosaic Covenant sacrifices, subjection to the Levitical priesthood, and keep the holy days and pilgrimages to Jerusalem as necessary to keep their salvation.  These practices of the Mosaic Covenant, by their very nature, was incompletion crying out for completion; shadows crying out for the reality in Christ.  The practices of the Mosaic Covenant could never purge the believer of the penalty of his sins.  However Christ did that “once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).  This is the introductory fact of the epistle to the Hebrews. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding {present tense} all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged {aorist tense; completion} our sins, sat down {aorist tense; completion} on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).

          The context of the warning regarding intermingling the expectations of Mosaic Covenant incompletion to keep one’s salvation under the New Covenant of completion is the theme that runs throughout the epistle to the Hebrews.  To return to the Mosaic Covenant incompletions in any way manifests a misunderstanding of the Gospel of New Covenant completion and brings into question the reality of such a person’s conversion.  The responsibility for maintaining the purity of the New Covenant completion of redemption by the “finished” Cross-work of Jesus is very much the central responsibility of the New Covenant priesthood of all believers.  The factual statement of Hebrews 1:3 is expanded upon again and again throughout the epistle to the Hebrews.

1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling {the priesthood of all believers}, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3 For this man {priest; actually refers to the High Priesthood of Jesus, vs. 1} was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house {national Israel}, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6 But Christ as a son over his own house {the church as the living Temple of living stones}; whose house are we, if {maintain the warning context of the epistle: this is a condemnation of Replacement Theology, which is what the Judaizers introduced into Christianity, because the New Covenant maintains a clear distinction between the Church and national Israel; the Church DOES NOT replace national Israel and the manufacturing of efficacious sacraments do NOT replace the Mosaic Covenant sacrifices} we {true New Covenant believers} hold fast the confidence {of completed redemption} and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (Hebrews 3:1-6).

The great substance of the warning to Jews professing faith in Christ but considering returning to the Mosaic Covenant is the whole of Hebrews chapter four.  The warning is equally applicable to all professing Christians adhering to any degree of Replacement Theology (Reformed or Covenant Theology).  Replacement Theology is just a Christianized form of the corruption of the Mosaic Covenant by the Levitical priesthood of Israel that made keeping the Law necessary to keeping one’s salvation. 
 
Once a believer understands the extensive warning of Hebrews chapter four, the rest of the epistle to the Hebrews and the “fulness of Christ” is opened to his understanding beginning with the Melchizedekian Priesthood of Christ (Hebrews chapter five through seven) and the believer’s own connection to that priesthood under the New Covenant.  The warning of the epistle to the Hebrews is that it is spiritual suicide to try to find rest in the incompleteness of the Mosaic Covenant sacrifices.  The one sacrifice of Messiah, of which Mosaic sacrifices were mere shadows, is complete and the redemption He offers by grace through faith is “finished.”

1 For the law {Mosaic Covenant sacrifices} having a shadow of good things to come {complete propitiation of God’s wrath upon sin}, and not the very image of the things {they were not the real thing; the Mosaic Covenant sacrifices merely portrayed and looked forward in anticipation of the actual once-for-all sacrifice of Messiah; 10:10, 12, 14, and 18}, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect {complete; Colossians 2:10}. 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 {remove or remit the penalty of} sins” (Hebrews 10:1-4).

The pinnacle of the warning of the epistle to the Hebrews is found in Hebrews 10:10, 12, 14 and18. 

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; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. . . 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin” (Hebrews 10:10-14 and 18).


[1] [Scofield] 1917 Scofield Reference Bible Notes, Module file location:
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Numerous studies and series are available free of charge for local churches at: http://www.disciplemakerministries.org/ 
Dr. Lance Ketchum serves the Lord as a Church Planter, Evangelist/Revivalist. 
He has served the Lord for over 40 years.