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Why the Heavens Had to be Purified with the Blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 9:23)

Through out the Scriptures, the only things that needed to be purified were things that were unclean or that had been desecrated through some unclean practices. But in the case of heaven, which is the abode of righteous spirits and holy souls that have been disembodied, it couldn't have been said to need any cleansing, since it is the dwelling place of God, who Himself is holy.

However, it must be understood through some of the words of Jesus in the parables of the kingdom that, it is possible for things that cause offence, stumbling or sin to be permitted to manifest for a while in the kingdom of heaven, like the tares among the thorns. (Matthew 13:37–43). But afterwards, at the appropriate time, they will all be uprooted and burned.

In the light of this Scripture, it becomes clear that the condition of the kingdom of God—the heavens—as at the time of Christ's coming into the world to die and rise again for the salvation of men, was such that it was not safe from the infestation and disturbances from the pit of hell: The sacrifices of God were being trivialized, injustice and lawlessness were everywhere. The end of the old covenant was getting near. All of these portrayed the spiritual state of the Kingdom of God before the cross.

Now, "Therefore it was necessary for...the heavenly things themselves to be purified with better sacrifices[the blood of Christ] than these. For the Messiah did...enter into heaven itself [with his own precious blood] that He might now appear in the presence of God for us". (Hebrews 9:23–24).

The dwelling place of God, therefore, was not a particular place but the atmosphere and realm within the heart of men, within their souls. (Isaiah 66:1–2; Luke 17:21). And these had to be purified, so that God could and can dwell permanently within them as the Holy Spirit, even as He had promised that, "I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be My people"(Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 37:26).

Thus, the only thing that now has the potency of purifying the heart of men is the blood of Jesus. The blood was not shed to cleanse a building or a place, but the heart of people who accept Him as their Lord and savior.

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