Hebrews 9:14 Index
"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
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"How much more . . ."

  • The superiority of Christ's offering is emphasized. (7BC 453)

" . . . blood of Christ . . . "

  • In contrast with the blood of animals (Hebrews 9:12). (7BC 453)

" . . . through the eternal Spirit . . . "

  • There is no article here in the Greek, thus suggesting, though not proving, that it is not the Holy spirit that is here spoken of, but Christ's own divine nature, which is eternal. While He was in His eternal pre-existent state, Christ offered to give His life for man (Revelation 13:8). (7BC 454)

" . . . Himself . . . "

  • Christ gave His life a voluntary sacrifice. He had power to lay down His life, and He had power to take it again. (John 10:18). (7BC 454)

" . . . purge . . . "

  • Greek, katharizo, "to make clean," "to cleanse," "to purify."
  • The tense of the verb is future, doubtless in terms of those to whom the epistle was written who had not fully entered into the experience awaiting them under the new covenant (Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews 8:11; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:9). Under the old system they had found only ceremonial purity, but now they could find peace of soul in Christ. (7BC 454)

" . . . conscience . . . " (Hebrews 9:9)

" . . . from dead works . . . " (Hebrews 6:1)

" . . . to serve . . . "

  • The object of purification is service. Men and women are redeemed for service. The cleansing is not an end in itself; it prepares men to render acceptable service to God (Romans 12:1). (7BC 454)

" . . . the living God."

  • A common title of God in both the Old Testament and the New Testament (Deuteronomy 5:26; Joshua 3:10; Hebrews 3:12). Here the title seems to be chosen because of the mention of dead works. Those who serve the living God bring forth living fruits unto righteousness. (7BC 454)
  • True sanctification means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to the will of God. We are to be sanctified to God through obedience to the truth. Our conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. We are not yet perfect; but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements of self and sin, and advance to perfection. Great possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the reach of all.
    • The reason many in this age of the world make no greater advancement in the divine life is because they interpret the will of God to be just what they will to do. While following their own desires, they flatter themselves that they are conforming to God's will. These have no conflicts with self. There are others who for a time are successful in the struggle against their selfish desire for pleasure and ease. They are sincere and earnest, but grow weary of protracted effort, of daily death, of ceaseless turmoil. Indolence seems inviting, death to self repulsive; and they close their drowsy eyes and fall under the power of temptation instead of resisting it.
    • The directions laid down in the word of God leave no room for compromise with evil. The Son of God was manifested that He might draw all men unto Himself. He came not to lull the world to sleep, but to point out the narrow path in which all must travel who reach at last the gates of the City of God. His children must follow where He has led the way; at whatever sacrifice of ease or selfish indulgence, at whatever cost of labor or suffering, they must maintain a constant battle with self. (AA 565)