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30) Hebrews - Chapter 10:11-14
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And every high priest indeed standeth day by day - In Exodus 29:38-46 are found recorded the daily sacrifices.  
The wearisome, continuous, ineffectual sacrifices are contrasted here with the one effectual sacrifice.

This idea is also expressed often, so evidently we are to understand that no sin was forgotten by the Old Testament
sacrifices.
       a) However, it was essential that they be done.
       b) For us, confession of faith, repentance, baptism, and belief are essential, although actually it is the blood of
           Christ that cleanses.
       c) If they had failed to act in good faith, they could not have the blood of Christ applied, just as we today
           cannot if we fail to act upon the steps of salvation.  For them it was a sacrifice that could "never" take away
           sin.  With Christ it is a sacrifice that "can ever" take away sin.

One sacrifice forever effectual was done by Christ.  Christ is to leave heaven to receive those that wait for him
(Hebrews 9:28).

The priest had to hasten out of the Holy of Holies, for it was a place where he had not free access.  He could never
feel at home there.  Christ sits down with God in the glory of His work accomplished.

This is Christ waiting for the fulfillment of a promise.  He is calmly and patiently waiting, but surely Christ must be
greatly sorrowed at the slow progress of His church with its indifference, coldness, and stinginess.

The last enemy, death, is to be destroyed (1st Corinthians 15:25-26, Revelation 20:11-14).

It does not mean that the believer is perfected immediately into a full-grown person in Christ.  The sacrifice does
take away all sin so that the person stands perfectly cleansed before God and a new creature in Christ (Romans
6:1-4).  It is perfection in standing, not actual perfection, which makes one faultless and sinless in life.  One sacrifice
forever perfects forever; therefore Christ does not have to stand and daily repeat His sacrifices.

Who are the sanctified?
       a) His brethren, in Hebrews 2:11, must be the answer.
       b) Those baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27)
       c) Those that walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, Colossians 3:1, 2nd Peter 1:3)
       
Does that mean we are perfected, and therefore have no danger of falling?
       a) We must abide in Christ as a branch
       b) We must not shrink back (Hebrews 10:39).