The Berean Expositor
Volume 15 - Page 40 of 160
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There too we read:--
"There shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to
make an atonement" (verse 17).
From these and similar passages the apostle draws a negative argument, then pursuing
the theme through into Heb. 10:, he rounds off the examination with a positive argument.
It will make the line of argument clearer for us if we place the two passages together.
The Negative.
"The Holy Ghost this signifying that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made
manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing" (9: 8)
The Positive.
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by
a new and living way" (10: 19, 20).
In these two passages lies practically the whole of the apostle's argument, and if we
can keep this well in mind, the details instead of bewildering us will lend point and force
to his glorious conclusion.