What Does Hebrews 10:17 Mean?


Hebrews 10:17(NASB)

Verse of the Day

It was the Holy Spirit Who caused the prophet Jeremiah to write of the New Covenant which God promised to make with Israel, His chosen and earthly people. And it is the Holy Spirit Who also caused the writer to the Hebrews to reiterate that same, precious promise to Israel and to build upon its truth when he wrote: "And the Holy Spirit also testifies, 'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days. I will put My laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.'"

God is not only faithful to keep the wonderful promise that He made to unfaithful Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, but he adds in the letter to the Hebrews: "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more," for where there is the remission of sins, there is no longer any offering to be made for those sins - for it is finished.

Because Christ paid the full price for all sin on Calvary's Cross and the Father accepted Christ's offering for sin, it is finished for all who have trusted in His redeeming work on the Cross. IT IS FINISHED, through time and into eternity. It is finished. And where there is remission of sins there is no longer any condemnation, nor is there any further need for the ongoing, never-ending sacrifices of the Mosaic Law which were fulfilled and completed on behalf of Israel through the Cross, and which were also fulfilled and completed at Calvary for our sake too.

Christ died once for all on the Cross for the Jew, for the Gentile, and for the Church (where there is no Jew or Gentile, for all are one in Christ). His redemptive work on the Cross was for Israel. His offering for sin at His crucifixion was for the sin of the whole world, and His death paid the price for your sin and for mine. Christ's finished work on Calvary is sufficient and secure for all who trust in Christ as Saviour.

We who have been saved by grace through faith are not only participators in this very precious promise from God, but during this Church dispensation, we have been equipped to be ministers of the New and better Covenant. The New Covenant is not one based on the original 'Letter' of the first covenant, but on the 'Spirit' of the second testimony: "Not of the 'Letter of the Law', which kills, but of the 'Spirit of God, in Christ' Who gives life to all who believe."

Praise God that we have been released from the law of sin and death, since we have died to what held us so that we may serve in the new way and better way. Praise God that we are not called to serve in the old letter of the Law, but in spirit and in truth. Praise God that the Spirit's law of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and of death. Praise God that in Christ our trespasses have been forgiven and that He will remember our sins no more.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You for Your faithfulness to Your people, Israel, and for Your goodness and grace to all who have trusted in Jesus as Saviour. Thank You that the blood of Christ has washed away the remembrance of my sins and that He took my judgement on Himself on Calvary’s Cross. To Him be all praise, thanksgiving, glory, and honour. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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