Hebrews 9:8 Index
"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"
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"The Holy Ghost . . . "

  • Or, "Holy Spirit." The Spirit is the divine interpreter of truth (John 14:26). (7BC 450)

" . . . signifying . . ." (1 Peter 1:11)

" . . . the way into the holiest of all . . . "

" . . . while as the first tabernacle was yet standing."

  • . . . Paul's thesis that Christ's high-priestly ministry in the "more perfect tabernacle" (Hebrews 9:11) could not begin until the earthly tabernacle service ended. (7BC 451)
  • Rahter, "is yet standing." The Greek does not necessarily denote the standing of the building as such, but may have reverenced to the validity of the functions of the building (Hebrews 9:9). The phrase"was yet standing" may thusmean, "is filling its appointed place," or "is retaining its divinely appointed status." (7BC 451)
  • With a rending noise the inner veil of the temple is torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand, throwing open to the gaze of the multitude a place once filled with the presence of God. In this place the Shekinah had dwelt. Here God had manifested His glory above the mercy seat. No one but the high priest ever lifted the veil separating this apartment from the rest of the temple. He entered in once a year to make an atonement for the sins of the people. But lo, this veil is rent in twain. The most holy place of the earthly sanctuary is no longer sacred.
    • All is terror and confusion. The priest is about to slay the victim; but the knife drops from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escapes. Type has met antitype in the death of God's Son. The great sacrifice has been made. The way into the holiest is laid open. A new and living way is prepared for all. No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest. Henceforth the Saviour was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens. It was as if a living voice had spoken to the worshipers: There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings for sin. The Son of God is come according to His word, “Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7). “By His own blood” He entereth “in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:12). (DA 757)