JUNE 12, 2016
The Christian and sin 2
Many have wondered at the teaching of eternal security. I actually understand why. It astounds the mind to even imagine that a grace so complete and total even exist!
The issue about eternal security is simple.
Since salvation is about an offering and a priesthood, then what must be examined should not be the sins of the people the sacrifice is for but the nature and character of the sacrifice offered and who offered it.
Hebrews 7:23 “And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
The levetical priesthood offered offerings repeatedly because the priests therein didn’t live forever. It was a temporary priesthood. It wasn’t designed to last beyond a period.
However, Jesus is a high priest forever. He has an eternal priesthood.
Hebrews 6:20 “Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
He is made a high priest through all ages. He is made forever.
Now every high priest must have something to offer. The offerings was the propitiation for sin. Forgiveness of sin in the old testament was not possible without a blood offering.
Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.”
Now in the law the blood of animals were used. It was not possible for the blood of animals to cleanse the spirit of men. It had to be like for like. A sinless man for a sinful man and not a spotless lamb for a sinful man. The balance of justice had to be satisfied.
Hence, the word became flesh. We call him Jesus the son of God. He was the body and the blood prepared by God to be the once and for all offering of our sin.
Hebrews 10:9 “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Our sanctification or separation from the world is a once and for all separation just as the offering for sin is once and for all!
Hebrews 10:11 “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”
Did you see that? The priest’s of the old testament offered several sacrifices for thousands of years because it wasn’t perfect.
Jesus offered it once!
He doesn’t need to offer another because the one he has offered was enough payment for the sins of the whole world!
In the eyes of God, the inbalance Adam brought in has been settled. Man has been redeemed. All his sins have been forgiven.
The high priest is perfect.
His offering or sacrifice is perfect.
Both are perfect eternally.
Hence, the beneficiaries are perfect eternally not of their own works but by his grace.
Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
Hebrews 7:24-25 “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
God looks at our high priest because we are hidden in him. We are in Christ. He is our representation before God, we are his representation before men!
Does this now Mean that the believer can live anyhow? God forbid!
So how must he live?
More on that in our next post.
CONFESSION: In my spirit is no sin. My spirit is alive to God. My soul is renewed with knowledge. My body is submitted to my spirit and soul. I am a believer in Christ. Eternally forgiven. Never forsaken!
BIBLE READING: Deuteronomy 22, Nehemiah 2, Colossians 3
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