And every priest stands daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:…
I. THE PAST ERA OF CHRIST'S REDEMPTIVE HISTORY. He has "offered one sacrifice for sins."
1. Christ's death was a self-immolation.
(1) His self-proprietorship.
(2) His unexampled philanthropy.
2. His death was a self-immolation for sin. He died to put away sin: to put it away in its guilt-form — in its idea-form — and in its habit-form. His death was a self-immolation for sin unrepeatable. "One... for ever." Sufficient for all lands and ages.
II. THE PRESENT:ERA OF CHRIST'S REDEMPTIVE HISTORY. "Sat down at the right hand of God."
III. THE FUTURE ERA OF CHRIST'S REDEMPTIVE HISTORY. "From henceforth expecting," &c.
1. Christ has enemies. Fallen angels and sinful men.
2. These enemies He will subjugate. Some will be subdued by the moral influences of His truth and love; and some by the resistless might of His retributive justice. Lessons:
1. The repugnance with which humanity should regard sin.
2. The true test by which we may determine the worth of our Christianity. The absence of sin.
3. The certainty of Christianity's ultimate triumph.
4. The absurdity of waiting for any further helps to conversion.
Parallel VersesKJV: And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
WEB: Every priest indeed stands day by day serving and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins,