Thursday: March 15                                     

Hebrews 10:16-25

            “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

             Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

             Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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            This reading gives us good space to reflect on “then and now:”  “then” being the Old Covenant law of Moses, and “now” being the New Covenant in our Lord Jesus Christ.  If full and final forgiveness has been achieved so that God does not remember sin any longer, then no further sacrifice for sin is necessary.  To remember sins no more (v. 17) does not mean to forget, but to no longer hold sin against us.

            The author of Hebrews demonstrates the relationship between faith, hope, and love.  Faith in God leads believers to place their hope in his promises.  Restoring a right relationship with God then prompts believers to restore their relationships with others.  Love for God demonstrates itself in love for others.  The author exhorts us to faith, hope, and love through these three commands: “let us draw near,” “let us hold fast,”   and “let us consider.”

Almighty God, you make us whole and give us hope

through your promise of forgiveness and your amazing love.

Earl E. Shaw, Jr.

Minister of the Word

Christian Church in West Virginia

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