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Hebrews 9:18

Jan 7, 2019   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  10 Comments

Monday, 7 January 2019

Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. Hebrews 9:18

The words here are based on the facts presented in verses 9:16 and 9:17. Because a covenant requires the death of a covenant-victim, and because a covenant only has force after the death of that covenant-victim, there must be blood presented to prove the death of the covenant-victim. That is the basis for the word, “Therefore.” From there, the author then explains the necessity of blood with the words, “not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.”

Here, the first covenant is speaking of the Mosaic Covenant, not the Abrahamic Covenant. Though both were dedicated through the death of covenant-victims, it is the covenant which came through Moses which is being referred to right now. That will be made explicit in the next verse.

This verse actually settles the issue as to which translation is correct in the previous verses where some say “testament,” and some say “covenant.” The issue all along has been referring to the covenant of Christ in comparison to the covenant through Moses. Thus, translations which say, “testament,” are wrong and require a pen and ink note with the correct terminology.

As a point of biblical theology, the term “scarlet thread” is used by some to indicate the symbolism which permeates the Bible concerning the need for substitutionary atonement. Substitutionary atonement is a big term, but one which is easily explained. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. This means that a person must die for sin in their life – both original sin and sin committed in life. However, a substitute may die in place of the offender. From the first pages of the Bible in Genesis, until the last book of Revelation, this concept is held to and never deviated from. Either we die in our own sin, eternally separated from God, or a substitutionary life is given on our behalf. When Adam and Eve fell, God provided the offering on their behalf –

“Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21

When humans from all ages face God at the great white throne judgment, the same concept will apply –

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Revelation 21:27

In the Genesis account, an innocent animal was killed to “cover” Adam and Eve, thus symbolizing the covering of their sins. It was a foreshadowing of the true Substitution fond in Christ. In the Revelation account, it is the “Lamb’s Book of Life” which records those who have received His substitutionary atonement – either looking forward to Messiah, or looking back on what He has done. Jesus’ death is the only true covering for fallen man. This is the scarlet thread which is poetically referred to concerning the blood of the Substitute. It all points to Christ.

Life application: 1) Don’t get stuck on one translation of the Bible. Your theology will always suffer by following this unscholarly approach to Bible study. 2) Anyone who has not personally accepted Jesus’ work will be eternally condemned. It is a sacrifice of God’s choosing, not ours, which is acceptable. If you are relying on the sacrifices of donations, good deeds, or right living to please God, you’ve missed the mark…condemnation awaits. Trust in Jesus alone today.

O God, open our eyes to the simplicity of Your gospel of peace. May we not stumble over it in our attempts to please You through our own works and lose our souls in the process. May we readily receive the grace revealed in the sacrifice of Jesus which opens the door of restoration and healing for us. And it is in His glorious and beautiful name we pray. Amen.


  • I have a question. Are our sins covered by the blood of Jesus or are they washed away and totally removed?

    • Well, they are never to be remembered either way. When God looks at us through Christ, all He sees is Christ. They are atoned for now, but when we are glorified they will be gone forever. We bear the marks of our sin in our earthly body, but Christ covers that and our misdeeds. Someday, we will be in glorified bodies, and those sins will no longer even be marks upon us.

  • thank you

  • It’s just sad how many people are banking on the ” I am good and I am living a good life” statment to get them into heaven. Sadly I think we all know way to many people like that who can’t see the forest for the trees when it comes to salvation through Jesus. Pray the day their eyes are opened that it’s not to late for them!

    We ARE another day closer to home
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends we fly soon

    • Heartbreaking to hear people say that. They have no idea what even one sin means – eternal separation.

  • An update on Kari our daughter who has been in our home for the past 6 weeks. She has not wanted to discuss faith with us, yet we are very loving and amiable with each other. On our walks together, we don’t get into much. Yet Diane and I are praying that God will bring about what is necessary in her heart. Gordon , you pretty much described her, as one who relies on her good works and her inner connection to the universe. Once the rapture takes place and we her parents are gone, that will be mightily used of God to turn her heart around. God is able to use anything to turn her heart even today. Please pray for Kari and for others that you know that have hearts that have drifted away from the revealed word of God. Thanks for praying.

    • I hope and pray that she will see the light before that day. Being left behind means a rather difficult time lies ahead. I shall continue to pray John.

    • Oh ya still praying for Kari John. My sister is the good works doer that won’t commit to Christ. And she is a really good person but hard headed when it comes to salvation. It always amazes me now some of us can see the gift of salvation offered to through Jesus clear as day and yet its like I said for the good works doers they can’t see the forest for the trees. All we can do is place them in the lords hands and pray they will come around before its to late.

      God BLess


  • Halelujah!!!!

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