The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, , at sacred-texts.com
The red heifer: Type of the sacrifice of Christ as the ground of the cleansing of the believer from the defilement contracted in his pilgrim walk through this world, and illustration of the method of his cleansing. The order is:
(1) the slaying of the sacrifice;
(2) the sevenfold sprinkling of the blood, typical public testimony before the eyes of all of the complete and never-to-be-repeated putting away of all the believer's sin as before God. (Heb 9:12-14); (Heb 10:10-12).
(3) the reduction of the sacrifice to ashes which are preserved and become a memorial of the sacrifice;
(4) the cleansing from defilement (sin has two aspects -- guilt and uncleanness) by sprinkling with the ashes mingled with water. Water is a type of both the Spirit and the Word. (Joh 7:37-39). (Eph 5:26). The operation typified is this: the Holy Spirit used the Word to convict the believer of some evil allowed in his life to the hindering of his joy, growth, and service. Thus convicted, he remembers that the guilt of his sin has been met by the sacrifice of Christ (Jo1 1:7). Instead, therefore, of despairing, the convicted believer judges and confesses the defiling thing as unworthy a saint, and is forgiven and cleansed; (Joh 13:3-10); (Jo1 1:7-10).
for an unclean
(See Scofield) - (Num 19:2).
(See Scofield) - (Joh 13:10).