Hebrews 10:11

Monday, 28 January 2019

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. Hebrews 10:11

We now have a thought repeated from verse 4 of this chapter, and yet it is given as a contrast to verse 10. In verse 4, it said that it is “not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.” In verse 10 (the previous verse), it says that by God’s will “we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

The contrast is seen in the first clause of this verse. In Christ, there was a one-time offering of His body for the sins of His people. However, in the Levitical priesthood, “every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices.”

1) The words, “every priest,” are a sharp contrast to the one true High Priest, Jesus Christ.”

2) The word, “stands,” is given as a contrast to what Christ did after He completed His work. He “sat down” (Hebrews 1:3) after purging the sins of the people.

3) The many sacrifices were offered (daily and repeatedly) to cover sin, but as soon as another sin occurred, another offering was necessary. The sacrifice could never purify the believer because those sacrifices could “never take away sins” (repeated from verse 10:4). This is contrasted to the one-time offering of Christ.

The reason for the contrast and the repetition is because the author is slowly and meticulously building his case for the supremacy of the work of Jesus. He will again make a contrast in the coming verse which will solidify this intent. The supremacy of what Christ did will be on full display. Before getting there though, the huge multitude of sacrifices that were made over the years from Moses to Jesus should be considered.

There were thousands upon thousands of them. Each fulfilled a particular purpose, and each was a reminder to the people that they were imperfect. The sacrifice, though intending to atone for sin, actually highlighted their need for continued atonement. How much greater then is Jesus, who truly died for the sins of the world – one Sacrifice for all time.

Life application: You might possibly be struggling with the idea of asking Jesus to save you more than once. In fact, you may have asked Him to save you many times because you fear that you didn’t do it right or that He somehow didn’t hear you. These thoughts are based on fear. But as John says –

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18

Have no fear – if Christ died once for our atonement, then you need only ask Him to save you once. Be perfected in His love which was demonstrated on the cross and you are then assured of eternal salvation. Surely His sacrifice is sufficient. Let’s pray about this.

Heavenly Father, give me a spirit of peace and assurance that my salvation is secure in the work of Jesus. Let me not be fearful that I could ever lose what You have so graciously provided for me through His cross. Today and forevermore, I will stand on the promises of Your word – I am saved, saved, saved! I am saved through the blood of Christ! Amen.

7 thoughts on “Hebrews 10:11

  • Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 8:09 am

    These studies in Hebrews are so precious to me. As a pastor’s kid growing up in church, we sang beautiful hymns that taught us doctrine but as a youngster did not really make an impact on me at that time. Today they do. I would like to share two of them-
    1. Saved, I’m saved through Christ my all in all, Saved, I’m saved whatever may befall, He died upon the cross for me, He bore the awful penalty
    And now I’m saved eternally, I’m saved, saved, saved.

    2.Free from the law—oh, happy condition! Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
    Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Christ hath redeemed us once for all..
    Once for all—oh, sinner, receive it;Once for all—oh, doubter, believe it;
    Cling to the cross, the burden will fall,Christ hath redeemed us once for all.

    Thank you Pastor Charlie. Things make so much sense now.

    • Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Once for all!! Whoo hoo!

  • Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 9:11 am


  • Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Ruth, thanks so much for taking the time to write down these wonderful words of songs that I never heard before, buy which are so powerful and rich and to the point of Christ’s once and for all willing sacrifice for whosoever comes to him in faith. So glad for Charlie and his Berean spirit to take us through Hebrews as he does! Can’t thank you enough Charlie!

  • Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 9:30 am

    We have No more fear asking to be saved because are saved once for all time. But praise and thanks always to Jesus for Saving us should always be in our minds our hearts and on our lips.Amen
    Thanks for sharing those powerful hymn verses with us Ruth! They really nailed it.

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


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