Once for All!
As we have been learning in the last few devotionals, the new covenant is better than the old covenant. Hebrews 9:18-24 shows us another way it is better,
Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, "This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you." Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
The old covenant was based on the blood of animal sacrifices; but under the new covenant, we are cleansed by the blood of Christ and His sacrifice.
Jesus went into that heavenly Holy of Holies with His own blood. And the Father declared that the blood of Jesus satisfied the payment for sin for all eternity.
Oh, thank you, Jesus! That is why the Scripture declares we are accepted in the Beloved. When God accepted that blood sacrifice in heaven, He accepted all of us who believe, because Jesus went as our representative.
Praise God today for the provision of the sacrifice of Jesus…once for all!
Visit the Answers with Bayless Conley website for more ways to connect with God.
- the scenic 2020 desk calendar, Inspiration from the Holy Land, and
- a special 3-DVD series of messages filmed with Bayless in Israel, called Following in the Footsteps of Jesus