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    The new covenant given through Christ to the church was given that we might be sanctified. The old covenant could not make its heirs perfect. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin.” Hebrews 10:4 More was needed than the ritual of the sacrifice of bulls and goats, and the ceremonial cleansing of the water of separation. It must be a better offering to bring in a better covenant than these. “Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body thou has prepared me; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first that he may establish the second.” Hebrews 10:5-9 Should one wonder by what the second covenant was established? It was by the offering of his body. Oh yes! the blood of the testator sealed the covenant; an evidence of his death. “For where a testament is there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.” Hebrews 9:16 The body of sin must be destroyed that a second covenant could be established. Dear Pilgrim let us look further at this wonderful truth. Canaan awaits you. There remaineth a rest for the people of God. The Holy Spirit, through the Hebrew writer, is speaking about moral perfection. This is the purpose of a better covenant, but to establish it the blood and body of Christ must be offered once and for all. “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the Holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 9:12 “For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot unto God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve a living God? And for this cause (the purpose to sanctify you inwardly) he is the mediator of a new testament.” Hebrews 9:13-15 Now the Apostle explains the sealing of the old covenant by the blood of animals, and the new covenant by Jesus blood, and states the only way by which the comer could be made perfect; that through the new covenant.

    This covenant (or will) is for our perfection. A body has been prepared and has been presented as the sacrifice; it must be destroyed. “By the which will (covenant) we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all. — For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified, Whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness to us.” Hebrews 10:10,14,15a You who are children of God and have not experienced this perfect work in the heart, let me encourage you to come to him by the obedience of faith. “Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise, For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Hebrews 10:35-37

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