Blood-Red Covering

Hebrews 10:1-29 for such a time as this (underlining mine):

“For the Law had a shadow of the coming good things, not the image [itself] of [those] things. [Appearing] year by year with the same sacrifices, which they offer continually, they never are able to perfect the ones drawing near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? Because those serving did not still have conscience of sins, having once been cleansed. But in these [there is] a remembrance of sins year by year, for [it is] not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

The Law a sacred shadow of His efficacious cross (cf. Romans 10:1-4; Hebrews 10:14).

Not one for whom Christ died will be lost.

Those who believe that Jesus died for everyone without exception,

Equate His blood with that of bulls; a profane rejection.

“For this reason, coming into the world, He says, Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but You prepared a body for Me. You did not delight in burnt offerings and [sacrifices] concerning sins. Then I said, Lo, I come, [in the] heading of the Book it was written concerning Me, to do Your will, O God. Above, saying, You did not desire nor were pleased [with] sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and [sacrifices] concerning sins, (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, Lo, I come to do Your will, O God. He takes away the first in order that He may set up the second; by which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And indeed every priest stands day by day ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But He, offering but one sacrifice for sins, sat down in perpetuity [at the] right [hand] of God, from then on expecting until His enemies are placed as a footstool of His feet. For by one offering He has perfected in perpetuity the ones being sanctified.”

A body, a sacrifice, a sweet-smelling savor (Ephesians 5:2). The offering of the God-Man mediator is the ground of God’s favor. If you believe this offering of the body of Jesus Christ was made for everyone without exception, then you’ve been “sanctified” through your father Cain’s rejection.

Cain offered the fruit of his own efforts.  Abel offered the firstlings of his flocks and of their fat (Genesis 4:4). Those who believe that Jesus died for everyone without exception are Cain and the ones believing that the Lamb of God makes the difference between salvation and damnation (between sanctification and non-sanctification) are Abel.

“And the Holy Spirit witnesses to us also. For after having said before, This is the covenant which I will covenant to them after those days, says [the] Lord: Giving My Laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds; also [He adds], I will not at all still remember their sins and their lawlessnesses. But where remission of these [is], there [is] no longer offering concerning sins. Therefore, brothers, having confidence for the entering of the [Holy of] Holies by the blood of Jesus, which He consecrated for us, a new and living way through the veil; that is, His flesh; and [having] a Great Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts having been sprinkled from an evil conscience, and [our] body having been washed in pure water; let us hold fast the confession of the hope unyielding, for He who has promised is faithful.”

Confidence to enter the Holiest Place, the presence of the Triune God, His redemptive glory seen in Christ’s face (2 Corinthians 4:6). It is His precious and propitiatory blood and imputed righteousness that is the SOLE basis for this amazing boldness. They who believe Jesus died for those who perish are offering up profane and self-righteous fire in their censers — that is the way of Nadab and Abihu, in this way you will not enter. Repent of this profane, proud, and presumptuous universal “atonement”, this salvation-conditioned-on-the-sinner way. And believe in the true gospel, the truly good news of Christ’s efficacious atonement that demands and ensures the salvation of ALL whom He represented in His sacrificial offering.

Gospel Atonement

Gospel Resurrection

Gospel Repentance

Everlasting Life

The remainder of Hebrews 10:

“And let us consider one another, to incitement of love and of good works, not forsaking the assembling together of ourselves, as [is the] custom of some, but exhorting, and by so much more as you see the Day drawing near. For [if] we [are] willfully sinning after receiving the full knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice concerning sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and zealous fire being about to consume the adversaries. [If] anyone did not regard [the] Law of Moses, [that one] dies without pities on [the word of] two or three witnesses, how much worse punishment do you think will be thought worthy [to receive], the [one] trampling the Son of God, and having counted common the blood of the covenant in which he was sanctified, and having insulted the Spirit of Grace?”

True believers in the Son of God, their Passover Lamb, incite one another to a violent killing of sin by the Spirit (cf. Romans 8:9-13). And incite and encourage to love and good works. May they emulate Phinehas (Numbers 25:11) and take up the javelin and thrust through their indwelling sin of Romans 7 with the zeal of God. May they also boldly and confidently seek spiritual strength, grace, and mercy in their time of need (Hebrews 4:16).  — which need is very much and very often.

“Because by works of Law not one of all flesh will be justified before Him, for through Law [is] full knowledge of sin. But now a righteousness of God has been revealed apart from Law, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith of Jesus Christ toward all and upon all those believing; for there is no difference, for all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth [as] a propitiation through faith in His blood, as a demonstration of His righteousness through the passing over of the sins that had taken place before, in the forbearance of God, for a demonstration of His righteousness in the present time, for His being just and justifying the [one] that [is] of the faith of Jesus” (Romans 3:20-26).

The propitiatory blood of the Lamb without spot or blemish. This precious blood decreed and set forth as a true and real propitiation. This wrath-quenching and holy-God satisfying blood is witnessed and testified to in Christ’s resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof that God was satisfied and thus a truly sweet smell and savor (see Ephesians 5:2). This blood-red covering of Jesus Christ, by which true believers boldly enter in the Holy of Holies, flows from God’s eternal and unthwartable purpose, nothing less than flawless.

“And if you call on [the] Father, the [One] judging according to the work of each one without respect of faces pass the time of your sojourning in fear, knowing that not with corruptible things, silver or gold, were you redeemed from your worthless way of life handed down from [your] fathers, but with precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot, indeed having been foreknown before [the] foundation of [the] world, but revealed in [the] last times because of you, the ones believing in God through Him, He raising Him from [the] dead, and giving glory to Him so that your faith and hope may be in God. Having purified your souls in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to unpretended brotherly love, love one another fervently out of a pure heart, being regenerated, not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and remaining forever. Because all flesh [is] as grass, and all [the] glory of men as [the] flower of grass; the grass was dried, and its flower fell out, but [the] Word of [the] Lord remains forever. And this is the Word announced as gospel to you” (1 Peter 1:17-25).

“To Him loving us and washing us from our sins by His blood” (Revelation 1:5).

“And all those dwelling in the earth will worship it, those of whom the names had not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb having been slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear” (Revelation 13:8-9).