For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.…
I. A GENERAL VIEW OF THE ADMONITION IN THE TEXT.
1. The conduct which he intended to prescribe to the Christian converts to whom he wrote was evidently this — namely, that they should openly profess their faith in Jesus, who had been cast out as accursed, notwithstanding the reproach to which such a profession would expose them; and should publicly adhere to His worship and service in the sight of their unbelieving and reviling countrymen.
2. What does the apostle here exhort us to do? He doubtless exhorts us to make Christ crucified our only hope; to confess Him before men, and by our open and consistent attachment to His cause, His people and His ordinances, to show that we indeed belong to Him.
II. SOME PARTICULARS WHICH A COMPLIANCE WITH THIS ADMONITION INVOLVES.
1. That we renounce all other grounds of satisfaction for sin, and of acceptance with God, but those which the Cross of Jesus Christ provides.
2. That we separate ourselves from the world. Especially
(1) From its corrupt practices and principles; and
(2) From its religion — the resemblance of godliness without the power thereof.
3. That we are prepared to take up the cross and encounter reproach for Christ's sake.
III. THE MOTIVES BY WHICH THE ADMONITION IS ENFORCED.
1. Our situation in this world is one of extreme uncertainty. "Here we have no continuing city."
2. Besides " we seek one to come." This is our profession as Christians. We profess that we are seeking "a city which hath foundations"; a "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." But unless we go forth unto Christ, all such profession is vain.
(E. Cooper, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.