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The effect of sanctification is seen in the laws written in the heart and mind. The
fullness of the sanctification is seen in the fact that "their sins and iniquities will I
remember no more". The completeness, the "perfecting unto perpetuity" of the
sanctified, is expressed in the words, "there is no more offering for sins".
"The comers" have been made perfect.
The conscience has been purged.
There is no more remembrance.
There is no need for annual or daily repetition. (10: 1, 2).
We now stand at the opening of a new, a practical section, which urges us to draw
near, to endure, to live by faith, to run with patience. This we must reserve for a future
article. The condensed nature of The Berean Expositor prevents us from writing articles
that apply the doctrines of Scripture, touch the affection or stir the spirit. Such is not our
mission, but we do earnestly pray that none will contemplate either the great offering or
its marvelous results without heartfelt thanksgiving and desire for fuller practical
Perdition, or the saving of the soul (10: 19-39).
pp. 129 - 138
Doctrine has held sway over the reader of this epistle for a long period, but however
involved the argument may be, and however involved the proofs, it must certainly
somewhere before the close give place to practical teaching and exhortation. To that we
have arrived, and it is introduced by the words of verses 19-22, "Having therefore . . . . .
let us". The exhortation "let us" is valueless without the "having therefore", but so also is
the having without the using. What does the apostle say these believers "have"?
Boldness to enter into the holiest.--Under the law this was restricted to the high
priest, and to the day of atonement. "The high priest alone once" (9: 7), "with the blood
of others" (9: 25). The case is now different. Boldness to enter is the privilege of all
believers by the blood of Jesus.
By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us.--The legal way was old.
"Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away" (8: 13). This way
is new. Prosphatos means "newly-slain"; the legal way was dead. "Priests . . . . . were
not suffered to continue by reason of death" (7: 23). The entrance is "by the blood of
Jesus" (10: 19) and "His flesh" (10: 20).
The flesh is likened to the vail. Of all the many and wonderful suggestions that have
been made by commentators as to the meaning here of the vail, none seem worth a
second thought that have no place for that historic fact that "the vail of the temple was
rent in twain from the top to the bottom" (Matt. 27: 51) when the Lord Jesus died. The
second vail barred the entrance to the holiest of all, "the Holy Ghost thus signifying that