Hebrews 10:15-22

Hebrews 10:15-22

15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:15-22

Once again we have Jeremiah 31:33 in verse 6 and now the conclusion of Jeremiah 31:34 in verse 7. Both were commented on July 20, 2018. Yesterday it was noted if you Google Jeremiah 31:33 alone Google comes up with over 542 thousand hits. However, Google Hebrews 8:10 and there are 1.89 million hits quite a difference. The Old Testament verse was about Israel being reunited one day. In Ephesians the verse is clearly about what our relationship will be with the Messiah, Jesus.

Our verses today are not nearly so popular on Google as Hebrews 10:16 only gets 851 thousand hits while 10:17 gets 792 thousand hits. The number of hits continue downward to verse 10:22 with 32 thousand and then they start to climb again. Interesting, but not a good way to determine significance over all. After all John 3:16 gets 104 million hits, but a surprisingly large number of people cannot tell you who is speaking in the verse or to who they are speaking. No, I am not telling. Go look up the chapter if you do not remember.

Now about our verses today the context is different, very different. This chapter is about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross being the last sacrifice required which is why verse 15 says The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: The this the Holy Spirit is testifying about is what Jesus had to say

5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”
Hebrews 10:5-7

Then an explanation follows

8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:8-10

The we in the last verse here is about all those who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior via His sacrifice of His life on the cross for our sins – He had none. Thus it is said

14 For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 10:14

No more sacrifices are required! This is the new covenant spoken of in Jeremiah and provided here in context.

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
Hebrews 10:16-17

And later we who have accepted this free gift of grace are admonished

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22

Yes, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water!

What a wonder it is to have been cleansed of a guilty conscience. Our goal should be to always come to God with a sincere heart. The sacrifice of His Son, our Lord and Savior, requires and demands no less. When we are not striving in that direction we become mere hypocrites with a dangerous fate ahead.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Hebrews 10:26-27

Therefore, may we struggle mightily to draw near to God with sincere hearts.