Christ Has Secured Our Eternal Redemption
Topic: Hebrews Scripture: Hebrews 9:1–9:14
The sermon text will be Hebrews 9:1-14.
One of the clear messages the Tabernacle conveyed to Israel was of God’s holiness. He is the one who is immortal and dwells in unapproachable light. We do not decide how he is to be approached; God alone sets the terms of our relationship with him. How did the Tabernacle convey all of this? The writer of Hebrews explains that God purposely limited the various levels of access into the Tabernacle. Only Israel’s priests were allowed past the first curtain into the Holy Place in order to perform their ritual duties. And then from among the priests, only the high priest was allowed past the second curtain into the Most Holy Place, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood to make atonement for sin. In the New Covenant, the holiness of God remains unchanged, but the way of access to him has now been opened through Christ’s blood. By faith in Christ we are those who can now “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).