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28) Hebrews - Chapter 9 continued
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The Holy Spirit this signifying - The Holy Spirit designed, but also served as an interpreter.  Hebrews 10:14-22 - the
lesson is that entrance has been made into heaven.  While the old covenant was in existence, entrance had not
been made.  The Holy Spirit could signify a new messages after the temple veil was ripped at the time of Christ's
crucifixion.

The Old Testament is a closed way; the heavens were not opened by it.  The New Testament is an open way:
       a) Open veil - The old one was rent in two
       b) Open tomb
       c) Open church
       d) Open heavens

With meats - The point that all of this is carnal, and that man's conscience was clear only in respect to meats and
drinks and washings.  The gifts and sacrifices could not clear his conscience.

The washings were immersion in type.  Here are some of them:
       a) Whole body was washed; the priest's whole body was washed at the time of his consecration (Leviticus 16:4).
       b) High priest on Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:4 and 24)
       c) Priest defiled with uncleanness (Leviticus 22:6)
       d) Priest who officiated at the services of the red heifer (Numbers 19:7), the man who burned the red heifer
           (Numbers 19:8).
       e) Washing of hands and feet, washing of garments, washing of innards and legs of burnt offerings, washing of
            wooden vessels, washing of spoils of war that could not pass through fire (Numbers 31:21-23).

Good things to come - our blessings are future; the old was present.  Human priests were busy obtaining divine
favor, but Jesus has obtained it.  The good things to come are those things obtained by His blood - pardon, access,
heaven.

God has always had a meeting place for His people; the altar has been that place in the past.  The new tabernacle
is eternal, not made with the hands of men.  Compare Revelation 11:19 and Revelation 15:5.  Christ's blood was of
more value than that of beasts.  The old priests entered with the blood of a calf or a young bullock (Leviticus 16:3).  
The word "entered" is a verb, and the word "obtaining" is a participle, thus these are contemporaneous acts.

This blood of goats and bulls served to cleanse the flesh ceremonially.  "The ashes of a heifer" also had an
important part.  The heifer was red (Numbers 19:2).  The heifer was burned outside the camp, together with cedar
wood, hyssop and scarlet.  The ashes were then prepared in water of purification to cleanse all who had touched a
dead body or who had been in the tent with one.

1st John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.  If the blood of animals had some value, of course Christ's blood would have much more.

Acts 10:38 - God anointed him with the Holy Spirit.  His death was done through the Spirit (Hebrews 9:14).  By the
Spirit He was raised from the dead (1st Peter 3:18).

The old sacrifices were without spot or blemish, a type of Jesus.  They were examined outwardly and inwardly to be
sure of perfection.  The life of Jesus was thoroughly examined, but no guile was found in Him.  Not only was the
outward examined but also the inward man of the heart.

Cleanse your conscience - "purify" and "purge" are also words used for "cleanse".  The final step of entrance into
the kingdom is to cleanse the conscience (1st Peter 3:21).  Baptism is not for cleansing the flesh, but to cleanse the
conscience.  When absolute forgiveness is assured, then the conscience is at rest.

If it is not God's work, then it is a dead work.  The conscience drives the heart of one who knows sin, to find relief.  
"Dead works", therefore, are the vain attempts to relieve a troubled conscience.