The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible
For then would they not have ceased to be offered…
Complutensian edition, and the Syriac and Vulgate Latin versions,
leave out the word "not"; and the sense requires it should be
omitted, for the meaning is, that if perfection had been by the
legal sacrifices, they would have ceased to have been offered; for
if the former ones had made perfect, there would have been no need
of others, or of the repetition of the same; but because they did
not make perfect, therefore they were yearly renewed; unless the
words are read with an interrogation, as they are in the Arabic
version, "for then would they not have ceased to be offered?" yes,
they would; they are indeed ceased now, but this is owing to Christ
and his sacrifice, and not to the efficacy of these sacrifices; for
yearly sacrifices were offered for former sins, as well as for fresh
ones, as appears from the following verse.
Because the worshippers, once purged, would have had no more
conscience of sins;
there are external and internal worshippers; the
latter are such who worship God in Spirit and in truth: but here
ceremonial worshippers are meant, who, if they had been really
purged from sin by legal sacrifices, and purifications, would have
had no more conscience of sins, and so have had no need to have
repeated them; as such spiritual worshippers, who are once purged
from sin by the blood and sacrifice of Christ; not that they have no
sin, or no sense of sin, or that their consciences are seared, or
that they never accuse for sin, or that they are to make no
confession and acknowledgment of sin; but that they are discharged
from the guilt of sin, and are not liable to condemnation for it;
and through the application of the blood of Christ to them, have
peace with God, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Hebrews 10:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=heb&chapter=010&verse=002>. 1999.