Sacrifice

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Hebrews 9;14

Salvation is not an end in itself.  The believer has been freed from sin to serve God, saved to serve.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 9:14.

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Sacrifice

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This verse is filled with the language of substitution.  The Servant suffered not for His own sin, since He was sinless (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26), but as the substitute for sinners.  The emphasis here is on Christ being the substitute recipient of God’s wrath on sinners (2 Corin 5:21; Galatians 1:3,4; Hebrews 10:9,10).  He suffered the chastisement of God in order to procure our peace with God.  The stripe that caused His death has brought salvation to those for whose sins He died.  Peter confirms this in 1 Peter 2:24.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 53:5.

Praise and Thanks

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As seen throughout the book of Hebrews, sacrifices were extremely important under the Old Covenant.  Under the New Covenant, God desires the praise and thanksgiving of His people rather than offerings of animals or grain.  Since New Testament believers are priests (1 Peter 2:5,9), they have offerings of praise and thanks to God (Romans 12:1).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 13:15.