Hebrews 10:11–18 (NKJV)
This passage speaks to the efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ and His priesthood. The writer of Hebrews just finished a discussion of Christ’s superiority to the offerings and sacrifices of the priesthood on earth. Now he turns to the finality and completion of Christ’s work.
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.Hebrews 10:11-18
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Here we see a statement of the temporary nature of animal sacrifice again. The priests in the tabernacle offered sacrifices daily and repeatedly offered the same sacrifice, never able to completely take away sin with a single offering. But Christ, this Man, after offering Himself as a sacrifice once for all time, sat down. His work was done. His atonement for humanity’s sins was complete. Now, He does not offer sacrifices, but intercedes at the right hand of God, waiting until His enemies are made His footstool. Jesus was able to do what the priests were only able to approximate. Jesus, by one offering, perfected those who are being sanctified.
The Holy Spirit testified of this truth, describing the covenant of grace, in which the Lord will put His law in the hearts of His people, and write them on their minds. He will no longer remember their sins. The remission of these sins necessitates that there be no further offering for sin. Instead, these sins are washed away, once for all times, and are remembered no more. While sins may be forgiven at different times for different people, the sacrifice remains the same: the precious blood of Jesus. Thanks be to God that we do not need to offer an animal sacrifice for forgiveness of sins. Instead, we can simply ask God in faith, and our sins are forgiven. Your sins are forgiven by the same shedding of blood as my sins. Jesus’ blood washes each of us clean if we believe in the power of His blood. Be clean, forgiven, and whole through Christ!