“Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 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. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Hebrews 13: 9-13.
A heart can only be established in grace by the Lord and never with religious ceremonies. Anything that directs our faith outside of Jesus’ finished work on the Cross will profit us nothing. In the Levitical Order, as part of the Law of Atonement, the Sin Offering was always taken outside of the camp to be sacrificed which symbolized God’s wrath on sin, while the blood was applied to the Mercy Seat.
The camp that rejected Jesus was not the heathen but the religious. As Jesus fulfilled the entirety of the Law of Atonement, He was taken outside the city limits of Jerusalem to be Sacrificed as a Sin Offering to God for our sins. He was not paying a debt to satan for our sins, God doesn’t owe anything to satan. Jesus paid the price to God for our sins by offering up His Body as the Sacrifice.
Jesus was rejected and disapproved of by the religious then and the same holds true today. While we picture in our mind the self righteous Pharisees then, in which they were, today they are self righteous Pharisees rewrapped declaring love everybody. They have made God’s love and grace a law while continuing to reject the Sacrifice. Their hearts are therefore not established in grace but law…which profits them nothing. When man gives grace through law, man can take grace away…such is not the grace of God.
“Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Hebrews 13:13. As God’s grace establishes our heart, we are able to go forth without the camp and bear His reproach. Come out from among the camp and bear our Lord’s reproach.– Donna Clark Warren