Justified or Sanctified by the blood

Question. —

Is there any difference between the blood that justifies and the blood that sanctifies? — Heb. 10: 20.

Answer. —

There is no difference whatever. It is the one blood that makes the coiners thereunto perfect viz., the blood of Jesus.

In previous Dutch articles, we noted that a covenant victim volunteered to his God. That person came from the line of David. There was no particular provision for salvation from sin and death with the Abrahamic Covenant. But the promised breaker of the curse of sin in the Garden of Eden did come from that line of Abraham and David. With his blood, he wished to redeem humanity and left it as a blessing, as it were, in a new decision or agreement, the New Covenant.

The word “sanctified” is from hagiazo, meaning “to set apart” often translated in English as “to make holy”.  It is used three times in Heb. 10:10,14,20, and always with the one meaning.

“ By the which will we are sanctified, even by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once made.” (Heb 10:10 GenevaBible)

“ For with one offering hath he consecrated forever them that are sanctified.” (Heb 10:14 GenevaBible)

“ By the new and living way, which he hath prepared for us, through the veil, that is, his flesh:” (Heb 10:20 GenevaBible)

In the first two of these quotations, emphasis is laid most strongly on the fact that it is one offering which sanctifies the believers. It is the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once. It is one offering. (Rom. 5:12, 18, 19.)

“ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into ye world, and death by sin, and so death went over all men: in whom all men have sinned.” (Ro 5:12 GenevaBible)

“18 Likewise then as by the offence of one, the fault came on all men to condemnation, so by the justifying of one, the benefit abounded toward all men to the justification of life. 19 For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners, so by that obedience of that one shall many also be made righteous.” (Ro 5:18-19 GenevaBible)

Through our lord Jesus Christ we have peace with God, and through him also we have “access into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” — Rom. 5:1-2.

The same point is emphasised in verse 29 in a manner that proves the divine inspiration of the Book of Hebrews, for it points to a condition that exists today, but so far as we know did not exist in the Apostle’s day. Bearing in mind that the word “Koinos” translated “unholy” in v. 29, means common, in the sense of something shared by a number, we read the latter part of v. 21,

“hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, a thing shared by a number.”

Do we not share with each other the benefits of the blood of the New Covenant, and was not this indicated when the disciples all drank of the cup at the Memorial Supper, of which cup our lord did not drink? Most decidedly, yes; but this is not the sort of sharing condemned by the inspired writer. Some have expressed it thus:—

” When our Lord said, “This cup is the [The Saviour said “My.”—Ed.] blood of the New Covenant.”

we should understand that primarily the cup is his, and secondarily it is ours, who are his Body, sharing it and drinking it with him. . . . … It was, therefore, primarily, our lord’s blood or death which was necessary to the sealing of the New Covenant, but by Divine arrangement, the blood or death of his Church is also made necessary. Hence the New Covenant cannot be sealed, finished, made operative until all the ‘members of the Body’ shall have died.

” Primarily the cup is his, secondarily it is ours.”

This is the “sharing” condemned in the strong language, of Heb. 10: 29-31. How can that teaching be justified in view of those words of inspiration —

“hath counted the Blood of the Covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, a thing shared by a number?”

We do not know any consideration on which we would wish to occupy their position. Oh, that we had ten thousand trumpet tongues, to warn those who are accepting this latest of the last day delusions! It is a test!

Who will be on the side of the Lord? He alone offered the sacrifice which sanctifies us. perfects those who are sanctified, and makes the covenant valid for us by His sanctifying blood. By the grace of God, let us take our stand with Him!

The prophetic character of the few words of the Apostle in v. 29 is further shown in the use of the words,

“blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified.”

The new error admits that Jesus’ blood was necessary to supply the merit for those who are supposed to “share” in the sacrifice to ratify the New Covenant. It says:

— “It is, therefore, quite proper [Why should anyone say that the Saviour’s words are ‘quite proper?’ —Ed.] that our lord’s death or blood should be mentioned as the blood of the New Covenant, even though it be not applied until all the members of his Body shall have been sacrificed by him. Then he will apply all the sacrifice, all the death merit, as His own.”

The attentive reader will have observed that the Scripture says that some who acknowledge having received merit from Christ’s sacrifice, will go so far as to presume to claim to have a share in the sealing of the Covenant. The “sharing” is condemned by him, and the grievous error is by all means to be avoided.



A Word from the beginning to become the sealing Word for ever

Atonement And Fellowship 1/8

Atonement And Fellowship 3/8


New Covenant Possesses

Writing the Law on the Heart

The Everlasting Covenant

A particular night to share unleavened bread and red wine

Memorial Observance 1909



Additional reading

  1. Together tasting a great promises
  2. Bread and WinePain, sanctification and salvation
  3. God’s wrath and sanctification
  4. Matthew 27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The Final Hours: Trial, Execution and Burial – #5 Matthew 27:24-26 – “His Blood Come Upon Us!”
  5. Joining for a new year in the assurance to be bought with a price
  6. We are redeemed; we are “bought with a price”
  7. Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
  8. Only once and with consequences
  9. How Many were Bought
  10. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  11. A Holy week in remembrance of the Blood of life
  12. No Other Name (But Jesus)
  13. New Covenant
  14. Justification – salvation is by grace through faith – JI Packer
  15. A special weekend for Jews, Messianics, Jeshuaists and Christians
  16. Most important weekend of the year 2016
  17. Able to celebrate the Passover in all of its prophetic fulfilment
  18. An atoneless religious system or a hope giving religious system
  19. Our life depending on faith

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