GENUINE FAITH: PERFECTED AND SANCTIFIED FOR ALL TIME
April 3, 2016
Hebrews 10:1-18 ESV:  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 Christ 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.  And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,  waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.  And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,  “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”  then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”  Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
Old Testament sacrificial system (law) was always intended to point to Jesus.
Old Testament properly understood showed that the sacrificial system was intended to point to Jesus.
Jesus’ sacrifice pays it all. (Jesus + ________)
Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses us from all sin for all time (perfects) and empowers us to experience OST- Ongoing Spiritual Transformation (sanctified).
Life Group Questions
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
- How would you summarize 9:23-28?
- What does it mean that the sacrifices were offered continually?
- The author quotes part of Psalm 40 in 10:5-7. What is the author’s point?
- In what sense didn’t God take pleasure in sacrifices?
- What is the first order that is done away with in order to establish the second? What is the second order?
- Why is it relevant that the priests stood and offered repeated sacrifices and Jesus offered one sacrifice and now sits?
- What time is Jesus waiting for now?
- What does it mean that Jesus “has perfected for all time those” who are being sanctified? What does he mean by “perfected”?
- What does “are being sanctified” mean? How is it different from “perfected”, if it is?
- Why does the author again quote Jeremiah (10:15-17)? What does the quote mean?
- In one sentence how would you summarize the big idea of 10:1-18?
HOW DOES IT APPLY?
- Why do you think the author of Hebrews spends so much time focusing and developing the complete, total, all sufficient sacrifice of Jesus?
- What do you think someone would look like that didn’t completely get the totality, the absolute sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice? How would it be reflected in their thinking? Their feelings? Their behaviors?
- As we continue to process the complete sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice, are there any areas of your understanding that are being stretched? If so, what?
- As the complete sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice continues to be emphasized, are there any thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that reveal you don’t hold this as fully as you might? Explain.
- What benefits are you finding the complete, total, all sufficient sacrifice of Jesus brings?