Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Hebrews Chapter 10
Metaphysically Interpreting Hebrews 10:1-18
10:1For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw nigh. 10:2Else would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshippers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 10:3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance made of sins year by year. 10:4For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. 10:5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith,
Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not,
But a body didst thou prepare for me;
10:6In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hadst no pleasure:
10:7Then said I, Lo, I am come (In the roll of the book it is written of me)
To do thy will, O God.
10:8Saying above, Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein (the which are offered according to the law), 10:9then hath he said, Lo, I am come to do thy will. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10:10By which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.10:11And every priest indeed standeth day by day ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, the which can never take away sins: 10:12but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 10:13henceforth expecting till his enemies be made the footstool of his feet. 10:14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 10:15And the Holy Spirit also beareth witness to us; for after he hath said,
10:16This is the covenant that I will make with them
After those days, saith the Lord:
I will put my laws on their heart,
And upon their mind also will I write them;
then saith he,
10:17And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
10:18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
October 12, 1947: Heb. 10:11-14
What is “the right hand of God”? It is the directive and executive power of Divine Mind. The Christ commands this.
What are the “enemies” of the Christ? All forms of negation and surrender to circumstance, as well as all that falls short of divine love in its full expression.
Metaphysically Interpreting Hebrews 10:19-39
10:19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 10:20by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;10:21and having a great priest over the house of God; 10:22let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water, 10:23let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised: 10:24and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; 10:25not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.
10:26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins, 10:27but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries. 10:28A man that hath set at nought Moses law dieth without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses: 10:29of how much sorer punishment, think ye, shall he be judged worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 10:30For we know him that said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 10:31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
10:32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were enlightened, ye endured a great conflict of sufferings; 10:33partly, being made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, becoming partakers with them that were so used. 10:34For ye both had compassion on them that were in bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of you possessions, knowing that ye have for yourselves a better possession and an abiding one. 10:35Cast not away therefore your boldness, which hath great recompense of reward. 10:36For ye have need of patience, that, having done the will of God, ye may receive the promise.
10:37For yet a very little while,
He that cometh shall come, and shall not tarry.
10:38But my righteous one shall live by faith:
And if he shrink back, my soul hath no pleasure in him.
10:39But we are not of them that shrink back unto perdition; but of them that have faith unto the saving of the soul.
December 29, 1929: Heb. 10:22-25
If a person stays by himself, keeps his religious views to himself, and does not share his inspirations and joys with others, if he never listens to the opinions and convictions of others, nor considers them, he becomes narrow and one-sided. If any man daily contacts the world in a business way and fails to contact other persons in religious worship whenever possible, his enthusiasm for the things of Spirit is likely to wane and he is likely to become increasingly selfish and worldly minded. Hence Paul's admonition, as stated in our lesson, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works; not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.”
“The day” is the time of fulfillment, of manifest wholeness and perfection. It is the degree of unfoldment, wherein we have come out of all human limitation and have entered fully into the Christ consciousness. As we know, express, and manifest our Christ-likeness more and more fully, we shall find the urge to gather in worship with others grow greater. This may not always be so much because we need it, but because others need us, and for their sake the love in us will draw us to them.
Besides keeping us broad-minded, forgiving, and unselfish, we develop greater poise and grow stronger in our inner Christ dominion by our association with others. As Emerson said, it is easy to have our own thoughts and opinions when we are by ourselves, and easy to follow the crowd when we are with others (or else war in our minds with them), but “the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
As we thus become so firmly established in our consciousness of Truth that we can associate with others yet remain unswayed by their human, changeable thoughts and emotions, we become great powers for good in helping to establish the race thought in Truth. Our presence uplifts and steadies others - the crowd in which we mingle. “Ye are the salt of the earth. ... Ye are the light of the world.”
- Unity magazine.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 10-26-2013