For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 9:13-14

It’s amazing to look back at things and think “How’d we ever get by like that?” From simple things like running water and paved roads to truly modern things like cell phones and internet, what is considered essential changes at certain intervals.

Salvation has fewer of those intervals, but looking back on the way things were before Jesus’ intervention, it’s a true blessing that we have his way now instead of the old ways.

No longer do we have the annual temple sacrifices and circumcision rites, but we are saved by a once and for all sacrifice in Jesus, and marked by a changed heart, not a cut body. We can do these things now, having our conscience cleansed by Jesus. Not just cleansed, but made that much more clean than any Earthly effort ever could!
Thank God for His Salvation!

Ethan Kirl

Originally published September 16, 2020