“We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate” – Hebrews 13:10-12
In the Old Testament God gave the Israelites mandates to offer sacrifices for the atonement of sin. Yet, scripture tells us that these animal sacrifices did not remove the people’s sin but merely covered them for a time. For this reason the sacrifice had to be repeated year after year. In reality, these sacrifices were an archetype for the coming true sacrifice, that of the perfect Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelations 13:8) This yearly reenactment was a constant prophetic declaration and reminder of what was to one day come to pass through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” – Hebrews 10:1-10
The blood of Jesus is the only thing pure, Holy, and perfect enough to remove our sins. This is why there is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved. (Acts 4:12) There’s no other way to heaven but by Him. Good deeds alone won’t get you their, popularity, fame, titles, family or affiliations won’t get you there, and no amount of money can buy your way there. The only price God will not refuse is the one Jesus paid. It cost Him His life but He paid for us in blood that we might be His, and therefor, as His bride, be made worthy to enter into His Father’s House. For it is written that we are His, bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), and for that He is worthy to be praised.
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” – Hebrews 13:15
Though we are no longer required to preform the blood sacrifices of old, as Jesus has already fulfilled that part and there is no other blood that can compare to His, there is a part of the old sacrificial ceremony that we are still required to fulfill. That is, the sacrifice of Praise. Christ has done His part but we are still required to do ours. Salvation comes by way of believing that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 4:5), the sacrificial Lamb (John 1:29), the only way to the Father (John 14:6), and the only way to be saved (Acts 4:12). Then we are required to repent, which means to forsake and turn away from our sins and ask Jesus to come into our hearts (Luke 13:3, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30, Revelations 2:5).
At this point we are to put fourth our sacrifice. What is that, you might ask? The only thing we really have to offer, that is, our continual praise to God, our constant thanks, to do good by Him, obey Him, and live Holy, righteous, and pure lives before Him that we might be presented to Him at the marriage supper of the lamb as a pure and spotless bride (2 Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 5:27, Revelation 19:8), and also to witness, telling others what He has done. “For we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony” (Revelations 12:11). These are the only remaining sacrifices to be maid by man, and the only ones that have ever truly pleased God.
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” – Hebrews 13:15-16