Church of Christ
Locks Cross Roads
49) Hebrews - Chapter 13:10 and following
We have an altar.
What is our altar? The cross on which Christ was crucified is suggested. It signifies the divine nature of Christ on
which the human nature is supposed to have been offered. It is the cross where blood was shed for the remission
of our sins.
Whereof they have no right to eat that which serve the tabernacle. Those who served the tabernacle could eat of
the sacrifices. The exception was on the Day of Atonement. The bodies which gave the blood carried into the Holy
of holies were burned without the camp. See Leviticus 6:26 and 30; Leviticus 4:7 and 18 and 21; Leviticus 16:15
These animals were not eaten for meat as were others. For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into
the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin are burned without the camp. Other animals were consumed
for food. See 1st Corinthians 9:13; 1st Corinthians 10:18. The great sacrifice of the Day of Atonement was burned
outside the camp. Leviticus 16:27.
Jesus was not offered in the temple at Jerusalem, but outside the city wall. His blood was taken into the heavenly
sanctuary, so He fits the type completely except for the burning.
The burning had nothing to do with the atonement, for it is the blood that atones. Those who retain the old sacrifice
in preference to this of Christ lose the sanctification in Christ's blood.
Going is our responsibility; the sacrifice is there. We must leave the tabernacle to follow Jesus Christ. If no
atonement is in the blood of bulls and goats, why stay in the shadow of the tabernacle? Out on the hill of Calvary is
the place for the sinner to go, without the camp.
The first Christian martyr suffered for the reproach of Christ outside the city. If we stay in Jerusalem, it will be
dissolved like the entire world. We must turn our eyes from our cities, for they are only temporary. Some think Paul
had in mind, the destruction of Jerusalem, which came about nine years afterward.
Instead of frequent sacrifices like the Jew, let us offer our sacrifice through Jesus Christ. We need no order of
priests who blasphemously undertake to do that work for men which Christ has done. This sacrifice is praise to
God, not a begging for forgiveness. Peter comments on the Christian's sacrifice, 1st Peter 2:5. "Continually" is a
good word. The kingdom of Christ has no sacred days or season, no special sanctuaries, for God is approached
always through Christ.
We praise God continually, so a confession is surely in order. Many verses suggest confessing Christ, so likely His
name is meant here, Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-10. In a world pressing on to judgment, glorying in men, let us
rejoice; praise God, for who would want to neglect so great a salvation?
Doing good, helping others, will come naturally with a life of continual praise. See Romans 12:13; Galatians 6:6;
Hebrews 6:10; Psalms 50:23. Jesus set the proper example before us, for He went about doing good, Acts 10:38.