“Simply The Good News” ( Hebrews 9: 15, ESV ) by Carley Evans


The English Standard Version of Hebrews 9:15 reads, “Therefore He [Christ] is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”

The King James Version of Hebrews 9: 15 reads, “And for this cause He [Christ] is the mediator of the new covenant, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

The Holman Christian Standard Bible version of Hebrews 9:15 reads, “Therefore, He [Christ] is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”

Our redemption from the transgressions committed under the old or first covenant occurs because of a death. The death of Jesus makes Him the perfect mediator of a new covenant under which we — who are called by the Holy Spirit — are given our promised inheritance. That inheritance is guaranteed by the seal of that same Holy Spirit, who is known to us as the third person of the triune God.

Everything is purified by blood under the old covenant, and so also under the new testament. But, rather than the blood of bulls and goats, our purification is purchased by the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. “Consequently, when Christ came into the world, He said, ‘ Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but a body have You prepared for Me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings You have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God, as it is written of Me in the scroll of the Book.” (Hebrews 10:5-7)

In doing God’s will, Jesus fulfills the Law. Jesus “does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:9-10)

“Not To Deal With Sin A Second Time” (Hebrews 9: 22, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Under the first covenant, God forgives sins through the shedding of the blood of bulls, goats, lambs. Everything “used in worship” is “sprinkled with the blood” of these animals. Even this first covenant “is inaugurated” with blood. This sacrificial animal blood is able to “sanctify for the purification of the flesh,” according to the author of Hebrews.

Since the blood of animals is able to accomplish such a feat, albeit temporarily; then “how much more is the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offers Himself without blemish to God, able to purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” (Hebrews 9: 13, 14)

Christ “enters…heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor is it to offer Himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then He would have to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 9: 24 – 26)

Christ sacrifice is once for all — a done deal — the new covenant which God makes with Abraham and his descendants.

“Christ is to appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9: 28)