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Chapter 52 - Hebrews 9:12 - Entrance into the Holiest by the Blood Light & Truth: The Lesser Epistles by Bonar, Horatius

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Entrance Into The Holiest By The Blood.

 

"By His own blood He entered in once into the holy place."-Hebrews 9:12.

 

 

     It is of no earthly high priest that these words are spoken; but of 'Christ, the High Priest of the good things to come.' It was into 'the holy places' (see Greek) that He entered; it was by His own blood that He did so. He entered once; for with such blood as He had to present, it was not needful that He should repeat the offering, seeing by that blood of His He obtained eternal redemption.

     Thus He finished transgression and made an end of sin upon the cross. He offered the sacrifice; He completed the propitiation; He bore the sin; He rent the veil, and opened up the mercy seat. With a finished expiation, an accepted atonement, He entered in to the presence of God.

     The work, then, is done; 'it is finished;' nothing can be added to it or taken from it. Eighteen centuries have not changed it. They have altered all human things,-thrones, kingdoms, laws,-but they have left this untouched. It is today just what it was in the days of Pontius Pilate,-as full, as perfect, as efficacious, as suitable for sinners. No man nor angel can add to it; no devil can take from it. What it did for the men of the first century, it can do for us of the nineteenth.

     As one loaded with sin, though not His own, Christ could not enter into the holy places; as one 'made sin for us,' 'made a curse for us,' He must have blood of expiation before He can cross the threshold. He has found that blood; it is infinitely precious; it avails not for a day or a year, but for ever: He has obtained eternal redemption. The blood has done the work, once and forever.

     I. The work that saves is done.-He came bringing salvation; righteous salvation. He carried out and consummated the saving work upon the cross. All that is needed for saving the guiltiest was finished then. Not a fragment is left for us to do. That work of the Substitute is meant to place the sinner in the same position as if he himself had done it. Our part is simply to recognize the completed work, and to enter on its fruits. Thus the great salvation comes to us. It is God's free gift; priceless, yet without price; bestowed on us in such a way as to leave nothing for us to do, but to receive and wonder and rejoice.

     II.  The work that brings pardon is done.-Remission of sins is man's first and great necessity. This has been secured; not made possible, or probable, or accessible, but secured; and secured through what was done upon the cross. That work was not meant to make forgiveness a thing which we could work out for ourselves, but a thing which is presented to us as a completed gift, to be received at once. Yes; the work that secures pardon is done. 'Through this man is preached the forgiveness of sins' (Acts 13:38).

     III.  The work that reconciles is done.-We are not pardoned and kept at a distance; made to stand outside, kept in estrangement, or in ignorance of favor, or in any uncertainty about it. The result of the work is to annihilate the distance, to sweep away the barrier, to bring the prodigal into his father's house and arms. We who were afar off are made nigh by the blood of His cross. Reconciliation, complete and certain, as the result of our simple recognition of the completed work on the cross; this is God's message to us. Not reconciliation by prayer, or effort, or merit, or money, or feeling, or repentance, but by that blood shedding which was finished on Golgotha. He who realizes the completeness of the work, enters on the joy of friendship with God, without any addition of his own.

     IV. The work that purges the conscience is done.-The evil conscience is the result of sin; we shrink from God. We must have that conscience made good, so that we shall feel safe and happy in His presence. There is but one thing for the purgation of the conscience,-the completed work of Calvary. He who understands that work sees in it that which delivers him from guilty dread, which makes his conscience feel as thoroughly at rest as if he had never sinned; keeps his conscience continually at peace, by reminding him that righteousness is satisfied, and that God is well pleased with every one who will recognize that work as finished. Thus peace at first, and peace all the days of our life, flows into us; and the most tender conscience is set at rest, being thoroughly pacified by the blood of the great Propitiation.

     V. The work that recommends is done.-Vainly does man try to recommend himself,-to do or feel what will recommend him. All such certificates are vain, worse than vain. The one great and perfect certificate is the finished work. That is our recommendation. He who makes use of this is sure of a gracious reception from God. Nothing less than this will do; nothing more is needed. 'Behold, O God, our shield.' The value of the great sacrifice is infinite. Its excellency in the sight of God is beyond all conception; and this excellency is not merely intrinsic, but communicative. Its superfluity of merit and value overflows wide and far; lifting to the level of its own perfection the most imperfect of those who will credit that perfection. It spreads its divine mantle over the nakedest of all who will consent to be indebted to such a covering. It dispenses its out flowing and irrepressible influence to all who will accept it. It covers as with a canopy; it shelters as with a shield; it imparts its heavenly preciousness to all who will receive God's testimony concerning it. Nay, and is it not to the smoke of this great burnt-offering, ever ascending and encompassing this accursed soil, that earth is indebted for her preservation in ages past, as well as for her present security from the devouring fire?

     Christ, then, has gone into the holy places, and He bids us follow. He has rent the veil, sprinkled the way, made the access safe and sure. Follow me through that rent, along that way, is His message to the sinner now.