By: Robert Serreyn
Question? Please explain wherewith he was sanctified, in Hebrews 10:29?
(Hebrews 10:29) Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
The word SANCTIFY in the Greek means to be SET APART.
To keep the answer simple with all that is going on in V29 let me explain it this way.
Christ was SET APART(sanctified) to be the Lamb that was Slain for the sins of the world.
In the Old Testament ALL the animal sacrifices were TYPOLOGIES that POINTED TO Christ shedding his blood on the cross as the COMPLETE PAYMENT for sin in which the OT sacrifices FORESHADOWED ( hath counted the blood of the covenant).
(Hebrews 9:22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
To FURTHER SUBSTANTIATE this fact John 17:19 GIVES PROOF of this.
(John 17:19) And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
NOTICE: I Sanctify Myself.
Question – How did Christ SANCTIFY (Set Apart) Himself?
Answer – By his WILINESS to go to the cross, SHED HIS BLOOD, to be our Sin Substitute.
(Hebrews 12:2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(1 Peter 2:24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Lets examine the rest of V19:
That They = We the Christian
Might Be Sanctified = CONDITIONAL UPON the believer’s faithfulness to study.
Through the Truth = The Word of God
The christian is ADMONISHED to study the scriptures.
(2 Timothy 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(2 Peter 3:18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
(John 5:39) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
The Trial and Crucifixion of Christ was ILLEGAL ON ALL ACOUNTS (unholy thing hath done).
Although Christ had been FALSELY CHARGED, Christ was OBEDIENT unto death (his Crucifixion to be our sin substitute) DESPITE the illegal trial and false charges doing the Will of the Father (Unto the Spirit of Grace) to be the propitiation (payment) for our sins.
(Luke 22:42) Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
(Philippians 2:8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
(2 Corinthians 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
(1 John 2:2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
At this point I want to bring out a seldom taught truth. There are two covenants in scripture, UNCONDITIONAL and CONDITIONAL.
Unconditional Covenant: Salvation is a UNCONDITIONAL covenant between Christ (God) and the Believer GIVEN to each individual for just SIMPLY BELIEVING (Trusting Alone) in the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and his COMPLETE PAYMENT for their sins personally on the cross.
This covenant is DEPENDENT UPON CHRIST FAITHFULNESS.
(Romans 5:8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
(Titus 1:2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.
(1 Peter 1:5) Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Conditional Covenant: Rewards in heaven, and Blessings here on earth. etc
This Covenant is DEPENDENT UPON OUR FAITHFULNESS.
(1 Corinthians 3:11-15) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
(15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
(Romans 14:12) So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
You CANNOT KNOW beans from apple butter if a christian DOES NOT STUDY or GO TO a Good Bible Believing, Teaching Church (if Available) where these things are taught.
Christians ARE NOT to be just Bumps on a Log, and do nothing to further their knowledge in the Lord and the defense of his Word (I believe this is WHY there are so many Lost people and Cults BECAUSE christians have been NEGLIGENT in these areas).
Christians ARE TO STUDY to show themselves approved unto God, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the Word of Truth.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH