Show Gratitude Hebrews 10:1-4, 8-18 October 29, 2006
Benjamin Franklin once said, "The sentence which has most influenced my life is, 'Some persons
grumble because God placed thorns among roses. Why not thank God because He placed roses among thorns? It is certainly more beneficial to be positive. All of us receive much for which to be grateful; so lets’ be aggressive as we Show Gratitude.
1. Show Gratitude for the . . Shadow of Christ. 10:1-4
A. The Shadow of The Law and the . . Clarification of Sacrifices. 10:1
1 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.
1. The kinship of shadow and Image. v 1
2. The Ability of the Form (Image) to make perfect.
B. The Shadow of The Law and the . . Consciousness of Sins. 10:2
2 Otherwise, wouldn't they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?
C. The Shadow of The Law and the . . Calendaring of Sacrifices. 10:3-4
3 But in the sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
1. The yearly reminder of . . Insufficiency. v 3
2. The yearly reminder of . . Impossibility. v 4
The law acted like a shadow of the promised Messiah. All who know of this truth should offer their gratitude. To further clarify Jesus is not a shadow but the very Form, (or Image), of the realities of forgiveness from God. The shadow made one conscious of sins, and never permanently forgave. This shadow type of offering was calendared annually, and reminded the people of the better covenant coming through the Messiah. Their yearly offering of Bulls and goats were necessary, but still insufficient to take away sins. They need not the shadow but the “Form;” and of that means Jesus.
2. Show Gratitude for the . . Sanctification of Christ. 10:8-10
A. Sanctification Through The . . Establishing of the Will Of God. 10:8-9a
8 After He says above, You did not desire or delight in sacrifices and offerings, whole burnt offerings and sin offerings, (which are offered according to the law), 9 He then says, See, I have come to do Your will. He takes away the first to establish the second.
B. Sanctification Through The . . Exercising of the Will Of God. 10:9b-10
“He takes away the first to establish the second. 10 By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
God taught the people about sacrifices through the law. In Christ He established a better way. Christ took away the first (sacrifices) to establish His Sacrifice. He sanctifies through the second sacrifice which is Himself. I love the repeated emphasis contrasting Christ’s one sacrifice against the annual sacrifice required in the law. In the death of Christ He exercise the will of God to bring us the sanctification needed.
3. Show Gratitude for the . . Superiority of Christ. 10:11-13
A. The Superior . . Offering of Christ. 10:11-12
11 Now every priest stands day after day ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
1. Position of . . Satisfaction. v 12a
“. . . sat down. . . “
2. Position of . . Significance. v 12b
“. . . at the right hand of God.”
B. The Superior . . Outcome of Christ. 10:13-14
13 He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering
He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
Since the key word in Hebrews is “better,” or “superior,” we must emphasize the supreior offering Christ made on the cross. Follow the cross Jesus takes a position of satisfaction; as He sat down. If His work Was not completed He would not have sat down. Notice the significant position in which Christ sits; “at the right hand of God.” So the superior offering produces a superior outcome as His enemies will become His footstool. What a wonderful promise His children receive as the message is given in the words; “perfected forever those who are sanctified.”
4. Show Gratitude for the . . Support of Christ. 10:15-18
A. Support through The . . Testimony of the Holy Spirit. 10:15
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He had said:
B. Support through The . . Transmitting of the Laws of God. 10:16
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,
C. Support through The . . Transposing of Sins. 10:17-18
17 He adds: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. 18 Now
where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. HCSB
We certainly express gratitude for the testimony given by the Holy Spirit. He transmits to us the law, as He writes the law on, (or in), our heart, and writes them on, (or in), our minds. This idea is stated in the Book of Jeremiah 31:33-34, and mentioned earlier in Heb 8:10-12. It does not take three different expressions of this thought to make it an emphasis of God’s Word but it certainly underlines it. Then notice the transposing of our sins; once forgiven they, and our lawless deeds will never be remembered. The writer then affirms the lack of a need for an additional sacrifice. If Christ forgives, it remains forgiven, and that causes us to Show Gratitude. Amen? Amen!