Hebrews 9:12

Tom Harding

All men are in desperate need of redemption, from the sinful and wicked state in which we are born (Psa. 51:5). It is plainly taught in the Scriptures that no man, can by any means, redeem himself from sin and make himself righteous before God (Psalm 49:7). We are in total bondage to our sin (Rom. 6:23); to the holy Law of God (Gal. 3:10); and to death (Ezek. 18.20). We admit our guilt and own our sin and inability to do anything about them. But we give thanks that is not the end of the story of God's Elect. God in great mercy and sovereign love provided a Great High Priest to make an everlasting sacrifice for us. Acting as our Mediator, Jesus Christ did not bring the typical animal sacrifice, He shed His own blood on our behalf and by doing so, obtained eternal redemption for His sheep. He is not only the officiating Priest, but also the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and the altar (Heb. 13:10). Notice several things that are declared from this verse.

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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