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A Greater High Priest

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Hebrews 9:11-14 (NIV)

11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

I.        Introduction – New, improved, repackaged – It really works. A great sale job, or a great product.

II.      Reap the Benefit of a Greater Ministry Permitting Access to God: Jesus Entered the True Tabernacle. (cf. 10:19-22)

A.      Through The Position of Ministry: Jesus Entered as Greater High Priest (cf. 7:26)

B.      Through The Place of Ministry: Jesus Entered Through a Greater Tabernacle

C.      Through The Performance of Ministry: Jesus Entered as a Greater Sacrifice

D.      Through The Perpetuity Of Ministry: Jesus Entered as a Permanent Resident

E.      Through The Power of Ministry: Jesus Entered as an Eternal Redeemer

III.   Reap the Benefit of a Greater Cleansing Providing Purity to Believers: Jesus Offers A Superior Cleansing.

A.      Powerful Cleansing

1.       The Stain Remains: Cattle Provided Only Ineffective Outer Cleansing

2.       The Stain Removed: Jesus Provides Our Indispensable Inner Cleansing

a)       The Cleansing Agent: The Pure Blood of Christ (cf. 10:4; 13:12)

b)       The Qualifying Agent: The Perfect Life of Christ

B.      Purposeful Cleansing

1.       So Believers Can Escape the Impediment of Sin

2.       So Believers Can Serve the Living God (cf. Rom. 8:8)

IV.    Conclusion:

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