The Power of Grace Ministries

December 13

Jesus did not have anything to do with the original temple that Moses and the children of Israel built in the wilderness. Neither did He have anything to do with the temple of God built by Solomon. He established His ministry and our salvation in the Holy of Holies in heaven once and for all who will believe.

Hebrews 9:24-28
, “24 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; 25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another-- 26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.   

 

                Verse 24-26 sums up the importance of what Jesus did after He rose from the grave as well as paints a picture comparison between the Old and New Covenants. The Law of Moses and all of the actions of service set forth were for the temple that was manmade by the children of Israel while in the wilderness. Where is that temple now; gone? Even when Solomon built a temple for God with stone and huge timber, it too is now gone. The truth is that nothing made by man will last an eternity, hence the works and sacrifices set forth by the Law of Moses were at best temporary. They by default kept the children of Israel conscious of their sins and busy with works and sacrifices. Under the Old Covenant the High Priest was the only one who could come close to the presence of God. Under the New Covenant, because the sacrifice was Jesus and not an animal, He now lives and sits at the right hand of God making intercession for us. This intercession is the foundation we stand on for Hebrews 4:16 which tells us we can come boldly to the throne of grace and find mercy and grace in our time of needs. Remember the previous teaching and comparison of the value of animals verses the value of man. Understanding this concept and realizing the truth and depth of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross, we can lean, trust, be comforted, and most of all be strengthened by God through the power of His Holy Spirit while here on earth. There is no fear of condemnation in comfort from God.

 

                The concept of verse 26 stating that He would have to suffer often, more often than not loses its depth of importance in our Christian walk today. We can understand that the value of a man could only be purchased with the same value, but this One Man, Jesus, paid the value for all mankind with His own natural life. The only way a single human could have the value of all mankind if for that One Man to be God Himself in the likeness of sinful flesh. Hebrews 9:24-26 validates John 1:1-3, 14, 1 Timothy 3:16 and vice versa.

 

John 1:1-3 & 14, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

1 Timothy 3:16, 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

 

What does this truly mean to us today, if God is for us, no one can be against us? It also means that if God sacrificed His own Son for us, than He also freely give us all things along with Jesus. Hebrews 9:24-26 also validates Romans 8:31-32.

 

Romans 8:31-32, 31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

 

                Verses 27-28 are a conformation of our salvation through the death of Jesus for our sins. For all mankind there is the assurance of a natural death, no one lives in the natural forever. However in the spiritual there is a second death for those who are not raised in Jesus. What does this mean? Belief in and confession of Jesus as your Lord and Savior is your only requirement for salvation and protection from the second death, or “spiritual death”.

 

We know that the second death is real as it is mentioned four times in the book of Revelations. Some false teachings today try to convince people that there is no Hell, however in the KJV version it is recorded fifteen times in the gospels where Jesus referred to Hell. Eight additional references in the New Testament, four of which by Jesus again in the book of Revelation. Hell is real and in Revelations 20:14, death and hell are said to be cast into the lake of fire which is the second death. To be in hell is to be completely spiritually separated from God, but the second death is where the spirit of the non-believers will be cast into the lake of fire where there is continual torment for the rest of eternity.