The author of Hebrews begins this chapter by looking into the earthly tabernacle of the old covenant. We see this by looking back to chapter eight and seeing the author just finished a discussion on the new covenant. In chapter nine we have a comparison of atonement for sin under the old covenant compared with the new covenant. In verse nine we read that the sacrifices made under the old covenant could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper.
Stop there. What is the author saying? First look back on 7:19 where the author writes that the law made nothing perfect. It was a temporary thing. He atoned for sin but it did not remove sin. The reason it did not make anything perfect is the sacrifice had to be made over and over and over and over and over.
As we come to verse 11 it begins with the word BUT! This signifies a change in thought. Christ appeared as a High Priest through the greater and more perfect tent. Christ entered once for all into the holy places by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
Hang with me here. The old covenant sacrifices atoned for sin, but only for a year at a time then the offering had to be made again. Specifically we are referring to the day of atonement. The day of atonement was temporal. It was a temporary atonement in that it lasted for a year and then it Would have to be offered again the next year. Christ on the other hand secured an eternal redemption. It is permanent. Christ will never have to pay the redemption price again.
How can this be? Why is Christ any different from the old covenant sacrifices? Think this through for a moment with me. First Christ is eternal therefore He can pay an eternal redemption price. The animals were temporal hence the reason the sacrifices had to be offered year after year. Second only Christ is truly and completely perfect. He alone could pay the penalty for sinners because He alone is the spotless lamb of God. The animals were required to be without spot or blemish, but they could only go so far. Third Jesus Christ is God. Only someone who is God, who is completely holy can truly take away sin for eternity. Christ secured an eternal redemption.
Christ secured. What happens when you secure something? The word secured literally means to obtain something. Christ obtained, secured an eternal redemption. What do we normally think of when we hear the word obtained. For example if someone says I have obtained a new job they are saying I have been hired and I will be starting this job. To often we think of the word secured from the view of a security deposit. This word here means so much more than that. This eternal redemption is secured. It is already done. It is for saints both present, past and future.
Christ secured an eternal redemption. The last word to look at here is redemption. We all have heard and no doubt used the word redemption. When you redeem something there is a price that is paid. In this instance the price is Christ. Christ gave Himself to be an eternal redemption. Redemption costs something, there is a price attached to it, the price was the blood of Christ, which is His very own life.