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The Blood of the New Testament

Hebrews 9:11-28


         When our Lord instituted the Lord's Supper, He said, "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:28).

         The book of Hebrews draws a contrast between the blood of the new testament (covenant), and the blood of the old testament (covenant).

         Jesus is again presented as mediator of a new covenant/testament


I.                    Testaments- v. 15-21

a.      The word testament we commonly use today to divide the Bible

b.      The Scofield Study Bible says, "The new covenant is also the last will and testament of Christ, sealed by His blood."

c.       There are many references to the old covenant (or "first testament" -- 9:15, 18) in the book of Hebrews, and a contrast is drawn between the old covenant (testament) and the new covenant (testament).

d.      The fact that this testament is called new implies there was an old testament that this one takes the place of

e.      V. 17- A will and testament was powerless until its author died. And when its author dies, immediately the provisions of that will kick into action- illustr prodigal son

f.        When some one writes a will, that will is not effective as long as the testator is alive.It is when he dies that the will (or "testament") becomes effective.

g.      Hebrews 9:16 refers to "the death of the testator."This of course refers to the death of Christ.

h.      Indeed there was an old testament made with the same author- Christ Himself

i.        That covenant, that testament God had given to Israel through Moses. Therefore only God could change it and set it aside

j.        In the same way today legally only the author the will could change it

k.       Christ is author of the new and also of the old. This is another ironclad evidence of the deity of Christ!

l.        But still in the Old, the testament could be of no value until its giver died!

m.    God ordained that there would be the symbolic death of its author by sacrificial animals

II.                  The Old Covenant (old system) dedicated with blood

a.      V. 18- The word "dedicated" means "inaugurated" (Scofield margin).

b.      When the OT was put into action by the sacrifice of animals. They were symbols and pictures of the death of its author- a death that would not come until Calvary

c.       Ex. 24:8, Hebrews 9:19

d.      They were tied into the provision of the testament through the application of blood. It was a picture!

e.      Until the author would come and die Himself, the symbol was ordained by God to be sufficient for the time- a year at a time, and could only ceremonially make one clean

f.        V. 15- For the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant: Jesusí payment on the cross accomplished redemption for those under the first covenant. Every sin offering made in faith under the Law was an IOU cashed in at the cross.

g.      Hebrews 9:22 is an important doctrinal statement -- "without shedding of blood is no remission."

h.      Notice the reference to water in Hebrews 9:19.Exodus 24 does not mention water, but often water was added to the blood, possibly to make it easier to sprinkle (cf. Lev. 14:6).

i.        In John 19:34 we read, "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."

j.        The blood and water the priest mixed together prefigured the blood and water that came out of our Lord's pierced side.

III.                The New Covenant dedicated with blood

a.      V. 11- The greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands: Jesus, as our High Priest, ministers in a superior tabernacle Ė the very throne room of God. This is obviously a place greater than anything human hands could make.

b.      (Hbr 9:12-15) The superior sacrifice of the New Covenant.

c.       There was an anticipation of a new day, a new testament, a new sacrifice would be provided! Now a New Testament would be enacted by one who was the reality of that which was just the symbol and picture

d.      The application of the provision is ensured by the application of blood.

e.      Matthew 26:28- For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

f.        The blood applied covers sin

g.      Illustr- Passover

h.      The blood of Christ applied to the believer and delivers him from Godís wrath!

i.        Christ blood does not just cover, but it washes away and makes new!

j.        What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus

k.       Save from wrath, and make me pure!


m.    Dr. J. Vernon McGee.Referring to Hebrews 9:12, he said, "I believe this verse proves that Christ took His literal blood to heaven.If that is not what the writer is talking about here, I do not know what he is saying" (Thru the Bible).

n.      There is a great emphasis in this section of the epistle to the Hebrews on the blood of Christ.

o.      The word "blood" is mentioned twelve times in this chapter, and three times in chapter 10

p.      According to Hebrews 9:12, the Lord Jesus Christ presented His blood in the heavenly tabernacle in the Holy of Holies.

q.      The heavens need to be purified because sin originated in heaven when Satan rebelled against God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:12-19).

r.       Contrary to popular opinion, the devil is not in hell right now.He still has access to heaven, as we see in the book of Job and the book of Revelation.



         A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the ChristmasThe candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes for the blood shed by Christ on the cross, so that we could have the promise of eternal life.