Meta. In the 9th chapter of Hebrews Paul sets forth the life-giving power of the blood of Christ. It is doubtful if even our most enlightened metaphysicians can follow and fully interpret the subject that this author elucidates. We here and there catch glimpses of a great plan to purify and redeem the race by pouring into its life currents a new and purer stream through Christ, and we have the history of this plan plainly written in the Scriptures, but we do not get its full import because we have not entered into and become consciously a part of the movement. The explanation here given in Hebrews, read and interpreted in the letter, is an interminable tangle. The blood atonement has always been and ever will be a question beyond intellectual comprehension .
There is a mighty fact and living potency in the blood of Christ; but the red blood of flesh does not carry the power to "cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." It is the "blood of Christ . . . through the eternal Spirit," that cleanses. Christ is the Word of God, and the life of that Word must be a form of energy far transcending any life current that inheres in blood. Blood represents life; it is the vehicle that carries life through the avenues of the body, but it is not life itself .
So "blood" is used to express a spiritual principle that has been introduced into the race mind through the purified Jesus. It is a spiritual principle in that it rests upon pure ideals, yet it manifests in mind and body in concrete form when rightly appropriated. That it can be appropriated, and used to the purification of the mind and the healing of the body, thousands are proving in this day.
This Christ principle does not offer a partial salvation, Paul explains, "as the high priest entering into the holy place year by year with blood not his own," but it represents a complete conjunction with the Father. "Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." This can mean nothing less than complete sanctification; those who have adopted this as their creed are not far wrong.
If we accept the Christ principle as our true spiritual self, the Son of God in whose image and likeness we are, we must cling to it with all our might, mind, and strength. We are spiritual beings; there is no sin in us in our spiritual estate, and that estate is the real. Through Jesus it has been demonstrated that this estate is capable of outward manifestation, and by following His methods and making mental conjunction with Him we may manifest with Him.
Rotherham translates thus the concluding verse of the 9th chapter of Hebrews: "Thus the Christ alsoOnce for all having been offered,For the bearing of the sins of manyA second time apart from sin will appearTo them who for him are ardently waiting--Unto salvation."