An Exposition of Hebrews 9:12
When you read Hebrews it is important to step back and look at the bigger picture!
Hebrews chapters 7-10 is a ‘Cross Centered Message.’ These chapters are actually an unbroken chain in thought.
First Lets Demonstrate Context Across Several Chapters
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9:11-12
A Figure of the Heavenly
For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Hebrews 8:3-6
But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 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: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Hebrews 9:7-9
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:24-26
The Heavenly Occurs ONCE not Continually!!!
- Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. Hebrews 7:27
- But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: Hebrews 9:7
- Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9:12
- For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26
- So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28
- By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10
- For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13:11,12 (See Leviticus 16:27)
The emphasis repeated throughout Hebrews chapters 7-10 is on ONCE! Hebrews 5 introduces that Jesus is a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, not Aaron. The chapters which follow (7-10) repeat how important it is we understand the difference between the two orders of priesthood. The former Levitical Priesthood offered sacrifices continually day by day, and year by year. Whereas Melchizedek received the offering of Abraham ONCE and only once! In her book Early Writings, Ellen teaches that Christ was doing a continual work in the first compartment up until 1844. Adventists teach that the “daily” or “continual” of Daniel 8:13 was “taken away” when Christ entered into the Most Holy Place in 1844 . For the last 167 years (as of 2011) Christ has done a continual work in the Most Holy place, presiding over the Investigative Judgment as High Priest.
An Adventist Paraphrase of Daniel 8:13
“To paraphrase the question more accurately, in accordance with the Hebrew: “Until what point in time shall be the vision about the CONTINUAL first apartment ministry, and the desolating transgression, to give both the Sanctuary and God’s people to be trodden under foot?” – A Biblical Defense” P. 102.
Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. Hebrews 7:27
Hebrews is the only book in the New Testament, that explains the High Priestly work of Jesus Christ. A reading of Hebrews 7-10 explains in very plain and repeated terms, that there is nothing “continual” about the High Priestly work of Christ. Hebrews teaches that Jesus did not need to present His blood continually day by day, year by year, because this is something He did once for all time at His ascension. The 19th century pioneers of the Adventist church developed this theory based entirely upon the Levitical Priesthood, failing to remember Hebrews emphatic key point, that Christ is a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, not Aaron. The Adventist position suppresses the heart and soul of the book of Hebrews, and contradicts its plainest meaning, and purpose. Jesus was born of the tribe of Judah, so that there would be no connection whatsoever in his lineage to the tribe of Levi.
The notion that Christ has participated in a continual work in the Most Holy Place, as High Priest for the last 167 years is out of harmony with BOTH the Levitical Priesthood, and the order of Melchizedek. Under the Levitical system, the high priest did not minister within the veil for 167 days in a row, continually! Rather only one day every year. He went in, completed the task at hand and left, never to return again until the following year. Nothing in the Bible can prove a 167 year continual High Priestly work is scriptural, not in Leviticus 16, and certainly not in the book of Hebrews.
Seventh-day Adventist Pioneer: E. J. Waggoner 1916
“I want the truth that they (the scriptures listed below this quote) contain to stand out so boldly that it will be apparent what a libel upon God it is to assume that He is under the necessity of investigating the record of men’s lives and characters, in order to ascertain whether or not He can take them to Heaven.”
“In the face of this truth so often repeated, how can any thoughtful believer of the Bible teach that it is necessary for God to spend years in searching records, to find out who are true followers of Him, and who are not? We are expected to teach as a fundamental article of faith, that it has already taken God, assisted by hosts of angels, almost seventy-two years to go over the records (several times longer, by the way, than it was supposed would be required), and still the work is not done. It brings God down to the level of man.” – Extracted from E. J. Waggoner’s final manuscript, Confession of Faith.
Scriptures compiled by E. J. Waggoner 1916
“The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.” 2 Timothy 2:19
“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for He knew what was in man.” John 2:24
“Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.” John 6:64
“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18
“Can any hide himself in secret, that I shall not see him? Saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? Saith the Lord.” Jer. 23:24
“The word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and laid open to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Heb. 4:12,13
“O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising. Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.” Ps. 139:1-4
This Day I have Begotten Thee
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:5
Christ was indeed born of a virgin by the Holy Ghost, but the title ‘Son of God’ has another deeper meaning than most realize.
Christ Became High Priest at his Resurrection, because His High Priestly work needed to happen that same Day!
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:5,6
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Acts 13:33.
Believing in your heart, and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God is to believe in the virgin birth, in His perfect life of obedience, and in His all-sufficient atonement on the Cross which fully paid for our sins, and to believe in His resurrection, that God raised Him from the dead and that He is now alive forever more. That is the gospel! Christ became our substitute. He became sin for us, and died for our sins, and lived a perfect life of obedience and credits His life and death to us, paying for our sins and granting us His righteousness through faith, so that we can share in His resurrection and have eternal life.
Acts 13:33 teaches that Christ fulfilled the second psalm on the day of His resurrection. It is through faith in His resurrection, that we become sons and daughters of God and joint heirs with Christ. We are born again through that day. That is the lesson Hebrews 4 teaches us. That we can have true and complete rest from our sins TODAY, through faith in what Jesus did on that Day!
Read my article on Hebrews 4
What did Jesus do that Sunday morning after His resurrection? After instructing Mary not to detain Him, He explained to her that He had not yet ascended to our Father in Heaven.
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. John 20:17
Hebrews 9:12 explains to us what Jesus did that morning when he ascended into the presence of God for us. That Sunday Christ opened the doors of Salvation to all people. He presented His sacrifice on the Cross, His death for the human race, His very blood! to our Father in Heaven, and His sacrifice was accepted by God to make atonement for our sins. What took place that Sunday morning when the only begotten Son of God came forth from the grave and stood before our Heavenly Father is one of the most crucial and important moments in all history. Hebrews 9:12 teaches us that our Father in Heaven accepted Christ’s blood to make atonement for our sins, without hesitation, and without reservation.
The investigative Judgment has diverted this crucial moment, that is essential to salvation – from the understanding of every Seventh-day Adventist who has embraced it. The all-sufficient atonement of the Cross, is one of the most beautiful Christian truths in all the Bible. Main-stream Christianity has gone on record for hundreds of years, that believing in the all-sufficient atonement of the Cross is essential for salvation; and yet Ellen White has laid it aside, choosing rather an Investigative Judgment to receive the Atonement; teaching that men must appear before the Law and not the Cross, to make atonement for their own sins, after proving that their characters are worthy.
If only my dear brothers and sisters in the Adventist church could see how contemptible this is against what Jesus did for us the three days leading up to His ascension into the very presence of God that Sunday morning! Through the Cross, Jesus made atonement for our sins when He ascended into Heaven. It is through faith in these events, that we become eligible to receive the Holy Spirit; prior to the atonement, the Holy Spirit was not available. After His ascension, the Father made this promise available to all who would believe on His Son. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation unto all them that believe.
Our salvation rests upon having faith in what Christ did, on the very day, God said, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. Acts 13:33. Christ was resurrected from the grave, then He ascended into Heaven as our High Priest, and made atonement for our sins, in the presence of our Father in Heaven, once and for all time (Hebrews 9:12). Afterwards, He returned to his disciples. That very night Jesus told His followers, that the Holy Spirit was now offered as a gift from our Heavenly Father.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luke 24:49.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:9-13
This gift of the Holy Spirit is available through faith in Christ alone.
This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:2
Once you have heard the good news, BELIEVE! All the promises of God are yours if you will only believe in the good news. That Sunday morning, Christ was raised from the dead, as our High Priest and entered into the presence of God on our behalf and has made atonement for our sins. Do you believe this?
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:9-11
Hagion -v- Hagion Hagion
“And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; (‘G39 hagion,’ ‘G39 hagion’) Hebrews 9:3.
Since Hebrews 9:3 used the Greek “Hagion” twice, some suggest in order for a verse to refer to the Most Holy Place it must use “Hagion” twice. Several examples in the book of Hebrews disproves this theory.
For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary (G39 hagion) by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13:11,12
Hebrews 13:11,12, speaks of the Day of Atonement Leviticus 16:14-19, Leviticus 16:27. The High Priest is mentioned, not a regular priest which facilitated over the regular daily sacrifices. Please notice how “into the sanctuary” is identical to Hebrews 9:12 which likewise makes use of ‘G39 hagion’ only once. Once again the Cross is directly connected to the anti-typical Day of Atonement. Compare Hebrews 13:11 with Leviticus 16:27:
“And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung. Leviticus 16:27.
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all (G39 hagion) was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Hebrews 9:8
Please notice how “into the holiest of all” is identical to Hebrews 9:12 which likewise makes use of ‘G39 hagion’ only once.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest (G39 hagion) by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22
Please notice how “enter into the holiest of all” is identical to Hebrews 9:12 which likewise makes use of ‘G39 hagion’ only once. Hebrews 10:19-22 is clearly a reference back to the Day of Atonement. Once again the Cross, “His Flesh” is at the heart of the anti-typical Day of Atonement.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places (G39 hagion) made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place (G39 hagion) every year with blood of others; Hebrews 9:24-25
Please notice how “enter into the holy places” and “entered into the holy place” is identical to Hebrews 9:12 which likewise makes use of ‘G39 hagion’ only once. Hebrews 9:24-25 is clearly a reference back to the Day of Atonement. Immediately following this verse we find the same points found in Hebrews 9:12 repeated.
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared (see v. 24 again) to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26.
Here we find for a fourth time (Hebrews 9:11-12; Hebrews 9:24-26; Hebrews 10:19-22; Hebrews 13:11,12), yet another instance where the Cross, “by the sacrifice of himself“ is the central theme of the anti-typical Day of Atonement.
The Cross and its connection to the anti-typical Day of Atonement with an emphasis of ONCE, and only once has been observed over and over through out these chapters, both directly and indirectly. Adventist theologians have to do some serious scriptural acrobatic tricks to avoid this eternal truth staring us square in the eye in the book of Hebrews. Resisting the truth requires far greater effort, than it does simply to embrace the truth and believe exactly what the Bible says.
If Hebrews 9:11, 12 did not exist at all, we still have the same points that are fully proven in Hebrews 9:24-26. Regardless of this fact Hebrews 9:12 does exist. It is written in the Bible. The double use of “hagion” in Hebrews 9:3 does not permit excluding all the solitary/single uses of “hagion” from applying to the Most Holy Place, since it clearly has that same meaning of Most Holy Place in many passages, both in the same chapter, as well as the chapters surrounding it.
A side-note which really is of no consequence:
Received by email: “If Paul meant to teach that Christ at His ascension entered into the Most Holy Place, he would have employed the phrase ‘hagia hagion’,”
The Greek of Hebrews 9:3, is not ‘hagia hagion’ rather it is ‘G39 hagion,’ ‘G39 hagion.’ “And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; ‘G39 hagion,’ ‘G39 hagion’ Hebrews 9:3.
(G39 hagion) literally means “holiest (of all), holy place.” – Strong’s Concordance.
The double use of ‘G39 hagion,’ by Paul in Hebrews 9:3 is the same as saying, “Holy of Holies,” which is only one title of the “Most Holy Place.” Sorry friend, you have read too much into the double use of ‘G39 hagion,’ in verse 3.
The Context of Hebrews 9 Provides us with Undeniable Proof
TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT VERSES 11-12 AND COMPARE IT VERSE 7, AND WITH 25-26. THERE IS NO MISTAKE, THE HOLY PLACE IN VERSE 12 IS THE MOST HOLY, ON THE ANTI-TYPICAL DAY OF ATONEMENT. THE CONTEXT BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER SHOWS THE CONTINUITY OF THIS FACT THROUGH OUT THIS CHAPTER.
The Earthly Sanctuary was a Shadow of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus Christ made possible through the Cross
This explains why Hebrews 7-10 is a “Cross Centered Message”
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But He spake of the temple of his body. When therefore He was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. John 2:19-22
Lamb = Jesus Christ, John 1:29
Altar = the Cross
Lavar = Baptism into Jesus life, death and resurrection Romans, 6:3-5
Door = Jesus Christ John 10:9
Shew Bread = Jesus Christ John 6:35
Lamp-stand = Jesus Christ, John 8:12; 9:5
Altar of Incense = Prayers/Confession accepted of God in Jesus Christ, Revelation 8:4
High Priest = Jesus Christ
Veil = Broken Body of Jesus Christ on the Cross, Hebrews 10:20
Mercy Seat = Broken Body of Jesus Christ on the Cross, Romans 3:25
Blood that was sprinkled = the spilled blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross
Ark of the Covenant = Throne of God
Shekinah Glory = Presence of God, Hebrews 9:24
Ten Commandments = The supreme love of Jesus Christ for His Father in Heaven, and His self-sacrificing love for humanity demonstrated on the Cross.
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: Hebrews 9:8
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
The Investigative Judgment teaches atonement through the Law, whereas Hebrews teaches atonement to God through the Cross. The investigative judgment places a sinner before the law of God, and atonement is granted only if his character measures up perfectly. According to Ellen White, we must prove “perfect obedience to the law of God.” “We must have righteousness without a flaw, without a blemish.” - Ellen G. White, Faith and Works page 89. So the Law stands as a great wall between the sinner and God, and the only way to breach this gap and make atonement is through perfect obedience to the law of God, characterized by perfect motives.
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9
I do not want you the reader to miss this point, the Investigative Judgment teaches atonement through the Law, whereas Hebrews teaches atonement to God through the Cross. Jesus Christ became the lamb of God, and died for the sins of the world. He that knew no sin, became sin for us. All our sins were laid on Him, and have been paid in full by Christ. Along with the hymn, we declare unto you, Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe, sin hath left a crimson stain, he washed and made it whole. Christ took his blood ascended into heaven, and made atonement for our sins before the Father. He did not present His blood before the law contained inside a golden box, rather he appealed directly to God on our behalf.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Hebrews 9:24
Christ is the High priest, He is the Lamb, He is the Veil, He is the Mercy Seat, and it was His blood that made atonement. Because of this atonement we can now enter boldly into the most holy place, which is God’s presence through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Ellen White taught that salvation relies upon literal furniture in heaven. Adventist have portrayed Jesus wearing High Priestly garments styled after the order of Aaron. They look for a literal replica of events on earth. All of which were not literal, rather were symbols that pointed forward to Jesus Christ. The sanctuary from beginning to end represented the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus Christ provided through the cross. This is the theme of Hebrews.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:16-21
Christ is not literally standing between the candlesticks, in Revelation 1, anymore than he has a literal sword coming out of his mouth, and or has brass legs. Each instance in Revelation is immersed with symbolism; all of which the Bible plainly says is “a Revelation of Jesus Christ” Revelation 1:1. Each piece of furniture represents Jesus Christ. Revelation 1 is simply saying that Jesus stands as a light to churches, and holds the keys to eternal life. His light is so brilliant, that His eyes are represented as flames of fire.
Regarding the Ark of the Covenant in Revelation 11:18. Angels do not marry (Matthew 22:30), neither do they have children, which in turn means they do not have parents. Therefore the law in Heaven cannot be the Ten Commandments in a literal sense, because there is no need to command angels to honor their fathers and mothers. The law in heaven under the Mercy Seat which is Christ Romans 3:25 is His supreme love for God and His self-sacrificing love for others. Christ said these two commandments are the greatest of all of God’s commandments in the Bible; which means they are greater than even the Decalogue! And rightly so, since this is the “Law of Christ” that is written in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (John 15:12 Galatians 6:2), under the New Covenant, and is the law for all of God’s Kingdom, both on earth and in heaven.
The two compartments of the earthly sanctuary represent the two covenants.
The first compartment represents the covenant made with Israel, and the continual sacrifices that had been offered day by day year by year, but really never did any good, since the blood of animals can never atone for sin. The second compartment represents the covenant of mercy made through the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus Christ provided through the cross. Unlike the first covenant, the new covenant does not need a continual sacrifice to make atonement, rather it required the one and only sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
At His ascension Jesus entered into the Most Holy place of all, the very presence of God, and offered His blood one time. Christ blood paid the debt of all sins. God accepted the payment. Sin is canceled. God has made a covenant with us promising to no longer remember our sins, to never mention them again. God cannot lie, His word is immutable. We have complete assurance that our sins have been forgiven, not in part, but in whole.
Not because we earned the right, nor because we ever will merit such great reward, but because of His own mercy he has saved us.
The message of the book of Hebrews is that the only thing standing between you and complete atonement before God is the Cross. Hebrews 11 tells the stories of great men who lived during the Old Testament. It is known as the faith chapter. Most people miss the main point of this chapter. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises“ Hebrews 11:13. “These all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise.” Hebrews 11:39.
On the day of Pentecost Peter preached Christ and Him Crucified, he went on to say, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off.” Acts 2:39.
We have received the promises of the New Covenant NOW, through the Cross of Jesus Christ. We ARE Justified, we ARE reconciled, we ARE sanctified, we ARE perfected, we ARE washed, we ARE saved, we ARE forgiven, we ARE adopted and ARE sons and daughters of God. We have received the atonement through the body of Jesus Christ. Each and every item I just mention in this paragraph is expressly written in the Bible over and over again. We have the “better promises” of the New Covenant right NOW! They only way we can fail to get them, is through unbelief. Which is another major point of the book of Hebrews.
The Investigative Judgment has taken the Atonement away from the Cross, and has given power to reconcile men to God to the Law. It has diverted attention away from Jesus Christ, upon supposedly literal furniture in Heaven. It has made the work of Jesus a continual work after the order of Aaron, instead of after the order of Melchizedek. The Investigative Judgment has has traded in the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ, for an infused/imparted righteousness. It has removed the burden of our salvation from the cross, and placed it back to ourselves so that we must achieve perfection of character, instead of simply receiving the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ through faith.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14.
It has turned sanctification from a gift of the Cross, into something achieved through obedience to the Law.
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10.
Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13:11,12
Ellen White determined not to know any thing among you, save the Law, whereas Paul “determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2. Ellen wrote, that only after our character is found in harmony with the Law of God, are our sins blotted out, according to Great Controversy p. 483. According to the Bible our sins completely forgiven once we confess our sins and believe in Jesus all-sufficient atonement on the Cross. In every way, the Investigative Judgment has plagiarized the purgatives which belong only to the Cross and bequeathed them to the Law.
“The Law and the Gospel are contrary ideas. They have contrary functions and purposes. To endow the Law with any capacity to produce righteousness is to plagiarize the Gospel. The Gospel brings donations. It pleads for open hands to take what is being offered. The Law has nothing to give.” – Martin Luther Comment on Galatians 3:2.
“The law is the key that shuts up all men under condemnation, and the gospel is the key which opens the door and lets them out.” William Tyndale.
You have two mountains before you in the book of Hebrews, one is Mt. Sinai, the other is Mt. Zion. God has only called you to camp under one of them. Only one of them grants full atonement of your sins, and leads to eternal life. Which path you choose to take is now up to you!