|Hebrews 9 |
1 Now even the first covenant had ordinances of divine worship, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle prepared; in the first part was the candlestick and the table and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary.
3 And behind the second veil, the tabernacle that is called the Holy of Holies,
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, in which was the golden jar that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
5 Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak in detail.
6 Now when these things were thus prepared, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, performing the worship of God.
7 But the high priest went alone into the second part once every year, and not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins of the people.
8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this, that the way into the Holy of Holies was not yet revealed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing;
9 Where both gifts and sacrifices were offered, which was a shadow of our time, and which could not make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience [with memories of past sins committed];
10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and many washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of new way.
11 But Christ came as a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this [physical] creation;
12 He did not enter by the blood of goats and calves, but he entered in once and for all into the Holy of Holies by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh,
14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purge your conscience from dead works [from your own will] to serve the living God?1 [The third witness in the earth, the blood of Jesus, is sprinkled in the heart and conscience; by which blood you are sanctified and are cleansed from all your dead works to serve the living God and to serve your dead works no longer, dead works being your deeds and words that originated from your own will, your carnal mind, your evil imagination — dead works done by men that are dead to the life of God that Adam lost for all men. Works of obedient faith to God's orders are not dead works and are essential works of life. From the Word of the Lord within: "When you are purged from dead works, you are freed from serving iniquity to serving God. Happy are they who serve God in His kingdom." Dead works also include obsolete works of the law such as: sacrifices, circumcision, tithing, days, sabbaths, foods, etc.]
15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, so that those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. [Protestant Christianity teaches that Christ being the mediator, is like a defense lawyer who never loses a case and is going to excuse their life of sin because they "believe;" but that is not the function of Christ the mediator. The mediator's function is not to excuse, it is to mediate the new covenant, writing the law of God in a man's heart, so changing a man to become holy and pure, freed from all sin, perfected forever, and in union with Christ and God, speaking and working according to the will of God, not the man's own will any longer.
From the Word of the Lord within:
16 For where a last will is in effect, the death of the testator [person making the will] must also take place.
17 For a last will is valid only after men are dead; otherwise it has no strength at all while the testator lives.
18 And neither was the first testament dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people,
21 In addition he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of worship with blood.
22 Indeed, by the law, almost all things are purified with blood; and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
23 Therefore, it was necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves [are purified] with a better sacrifices than these [the blood of animals].
24 For Christ has not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others.
26 For then he [Christ] would have had to have suffered over and over since the foundation of the world; but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed to men to die once, but after this the judgment,2 [This verse refutes reincarnation, and the footnote below further refutes it.]
28 So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation.3 [Those who are persistently and patiently waiting on God, see Jesus appear in their hearts, and see Jesus bring their salvation, which is to be delivered (freed) from all sin. To wait on God is to persistently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him; only those who heed and obey Him receive eternal salvation. Heb 5:9. But if we hope for what we do not yet see, then we wait for it [salvation] with patient endurance, Rom 8:25; we wait for salvation. From the Word of the Lord within: "You must wait on the Lord to receive salvation."]
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1 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purge your conscience from dead works [from your own will] to serve the living God? The blood of Christ is sprinkled in the conscience of your heart, which purges you of dead works, being your deeds and words that originated from your own will, your carnal mind, your evil imagination. The carnal mind and imagination must be destroyed by grace, and then you witness the blood of Christ being sprinkled in your heart, which even erases the memory of your past sins, allowing you to be in the presence of God without shame. Then you serve the living God in virtuous words and deeds prompted by God. Thus you are fulfilling your prayer: thy will be done. God's grace and salvation are provided to create a people dedicated to good works:
That you might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing in all things, being fruitful in every good work,.. Col 1:10
Again Paul said, "The purpose of grace.. to purify a peculiar people zealous for good works." Titus 2:11-14
Paul states God's purpose in salvation: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, Eph 2:10.
Now the God of peace... Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ. Heb 13:20-21.
2 And as it is appointed to men to die once, but after this the judgment. This verse in itself refutes reincarnation, but George Whitehead specifically refutes reincarnation by denouncing such theories and beliefs which the early Quakers were accused of harboring:
Touching the opinion of the revolution or transmigration of human souls, or their passing out of one body into another, etc., as it is deemed originally to have sprung from the heathen, and was received among Jews and some others by tradition, and said to be the opinion of Empedocles, Pythagoras, and the Egyptians. We are not concerned in any such notion, but, as a people, are wholly clear of it.
We deem it neither necessary to faith, nor safe to receive or defend, as either held by those heathen Egyptians or Jews before said; nor as it is insinuated in a late pamphlet of two hundred queries, concerning the doctrine of the revolution of human souls, supposing twelve revolutions, or twelve distinct intervals of life to every man, as being twelve several times born into the world; for each one to live or consummate the space of one thousand years on earth. We sincerely declare our clearness from the said opinion, as really esteeming it not safe to propagate, or maintain, or trouble people's heads or minds with it; but that all should improve their present time and mercies.
3 to those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation.
to those who persistently and patiently wait for him
This verse has been typically translated as who have been waiting for and expecting him; of course the translators were all from Babylon with no teaching from the Holy Sprit, so they didn't even understand what "waiting on God" meant, despite many Old Testament and New Testament references. The original Greek for this verse shows that the Greek word translated as waiting is apekdecomenoiv which means "assiduously and patiently waiting for," and "assiduously" means "persistently;" so the correct translation "who persistently and patiently wait for him." By your firm and patient endurance do you attain the true Life of your souls. Luke 21:19. To wait on God is to persistently and patiently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him. This is the key to spiritual growth: to wait on God, listen, and watch; this is part of the cross. This is how to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words, which Jesus told us was the "good part" and "only one thing needed:"
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word.
"There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:39,42
We hear his word from within our hearts. Rom 10:8,17. The words he speaks to us are spirit and life. John 6:63
The one thing needed is to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words, the words he speaks to us from within our hearts that are spirit and life. We too must sit silently and wait on the Lord, to listen, to hear, and obey.
Notice also: what she hears will not be taken away from her. Those teachings will survive passing through the fire that everyone must endure.
All your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3
To wait on God, listen, watch, and obey is the cross, which is the way to purity and salvation, the deliverance from all sin.
Despite the fact that the Bible is full of testimony regarding waiting on God both in the Old Testament and the New Testament; and that waiting as the key to salvation in Old and New Testaments was also referenced many times; Christendom reads this verse and thinks waiting for Him is waiting for Him to answer their prayers or waiting for Him to physically come to the earth to judge all. So Christendom's waiting is singing about Jesus coming, hoping for war in the Middle East that might signal his soon return, speculating on how the mark of the beast will be forced on everyone, speculating on who is the antichrist, etc. For many centuries Christendom has missed Jesus, waiting to reveal himself in every man who heeds and obeys Him, just like the Jews missed Jesus because they were looking for a physical king to come and rule. The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. Later Paul, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past 100 generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him.
he will appear a second time but only to those who have been persistently waiting, listening, and obeying, Him. The face of Jesus appears in your heart:
- For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:16
- And all of us, as with an unveiled face, behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, and are changed into the same image from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor 3:18
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Mat 5:8
- Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be, but we know that when he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
- And this is the will of him who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in [depends on, trusts, and obeys] him, may have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
- This is the second appearance, the revealing (revelation) of Christ, in the hearts of individual believers;
in those who have prepared the way for him in their hearts for the Lord to enter, be revealed, and rule as Lord.
- He, who has been hidden within, is revealed. As Paul said: it has pleased the Father to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him.
- The morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Pet 1:19
- I, Jesus.. am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. Rev 22:16.
- He who overcomes, ..I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:26-28
- As the lightning comes out of the east, and shines to the west; so also will the coming of the Son of man be. Mat 24:27.
- Jesus is resurrected in us to be our true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6.
Grace is a process of purification, the end of which is to see Jesus bring your salvation and eternal life:
Therefore be resolute of mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Pet 1:13
But you must endure to the end. Enduring is hard because after enduring for awhile, everyone will experience trials and tribulations with suffering and persecution; some become offended and draw back — they fail to endure. Others are distracted from their dedicated seeking of God by the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the pleasures of this life, and the lusts for other things.
He only appears to those who, having obeyed his commands in love of the Lord, become pure. Jesus clearly explains this in John 14:21-24 below:
He who has my commands, and obeys them, it is he who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will show myself to him.
Then Judas, not Iscariot, said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will show yourself to us, and not to the world?"
And Jesus answered and said to him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words [obey me, practice my teachings]; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.
He who doesn't love me, does not keep [and obey] my teachings; and the teachings that you hear are not mine, but are the Father's who sent me. John 14:21-24
There is an entire web page on this site devoted to this second appearance: The Second Appearance of Jesus is Within the Hearts of Purified Believers.
he appears to bring salvation.
The original Greek from this verse for the word translated as salvation is swthrian, which means: deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation.
Salvation is to be delivered from all sin. Jesus appears, you see Him, to bring your salvation; the receipt of salvation is clearly seen and felt within your heart. He delivers you from all sin as you see Jesus, the God of peace, crush Satan under your feet, Rom 16:22, to destroy the residual of your sinful nature that through the Spirit you have mortified on the inward cross of self-denial.
And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and source of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him; Heb 5:9
But he doesn't bring salvation to the whole world — only to who heed and obey him as they persistently and patiently wait for him. Salvation occurs when He appears within to bring salvation to those who have waited, listened, watched, heard, and obeyed him — those who love him, and who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pet 1:5. When he appears, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. Everyone with this hope purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3.
“Lo! This is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice and be glad in his salvation.” Isa 25:9
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