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Hebrews 9:13-14 – The Blood of Christ Purifies the Conscience

Summary

Christ's sacrifice of himself is superior to animal sacrifices prescribed by the law of Moses. The blood of Christ purifies people's consciences so that they might worship God.

Analysis

Hebrews depicts Jesus' death and exaltation as actions that purify the human conscience. In the Old Testament, the high priest went into the inner part of the earthly sanctuary, bringing animal blood to make atonement. Jesus, however, offered himself up through his death on Calvary, and he has been exalted to God's sanctuary in heaven, where he ministers on behalf of others. The message of this act of grace is what awakens faith in people, and faith is what brings people into right relationship with God. This is why the author can say that Christ's death cleanses the conscience. By awakening faith, the message of Christ's death removes the barrier of sin and guilt, restoring people to right relationship with their Creator.

Hebrews 9:13-14

13For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, 14how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit* offered himself without blemish to God, purify our* conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

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