The Blood of the Covenant
The Blood of the Covenant, May 27
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will. Hebrews 13:20, 21.
The old Dispensation
To many it has been a mystery why so many sacrificial offerings were required in the old dispensation, why so many bleeding victims were led to the altar. But the great truth that was kept before men, and imprinted upon mind and heart, was this, “Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). In every bleeding sacrifice was typified “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Christ Himself was the originator of the Jewish system of worship, in which, by types and symbols, were shadowed forth spiritual and heavenly things. Many forgot the true significance of these offerings; and the great truth that through Christ alone there is forgiveness of sin, was lost to them. The multiplying of sacrificial offerings, the blood of bulls and goats, could not take away sin.
A lesson was embodied in every sacrifice, impressed in every ceremony, solemnly preached by the priest in his holy office, and inculcated by God Himself—that through the blood of Christ alone is forgiveness of sins.
Anciently believers were saved by the same Saviour as now, but it was a God veiled. They saw God’s mercy in figures…. Christ’s sacrifice is the glorious fulfilment of the whole Jewish economy…. When as a sinless offering Christ bowed His head and died, when by the Almighty’s unseen hand the veil of the temple was rent in twain, a new and living way was opened. All can now approach God through the merits of Christ. It is because the veil has been rent that men can draw nigh to God. They need not depend on priest or ceremonial sacrifice. Liberty is given to all to go directly to God through a personal Saviour.
With the whole heart
The whole mind, the whole soul, the whole heart, and the whole strength are purchased by the blood of the Son of God. Compromisers will not worship and serve our God with their whole heart. Love demands whole-heartedness. Jesus gave all and He wants us to lay all on the altar of love and sacrifice. Jesus Christ is the spotless lamb of the old economy and He bled to a horrible death for us.