In the last article I looked at how the offerings of the Law were a temporary fix so that God could continue relationship with mankind despite failure. Of course, this all awaited the first coming of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and High Priest of God, who established a salvation that would last for ever and would never need to be repeated- awesome! A better sacrifice.
Hebrews 5:9 “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”
Jesus therefore, was not only the sacrifice but the high priest making the offering and He obtained and bought for us eternal (permanent) redemption (ransom) that never needed to be repeated!
Hebrews 9:12 “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
He took our sins away:
As a consequence, this superior sacrifice of Jesus took away sins; something the law could never do – only covering it. The blood of Jesus though, cleanses us perfectly from all sin. It’s like a powerful cleaning agent. It removes sin completely. It takes it away.
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Incidentally, it’s interesting that part of the natural function of blood is to fight infection!
1 John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”
Romans 11:27 “For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.”
He cleansed the conscience
In addition, the blood of Jesus not only takes away sins but as a consequence it purges the conscience and guilt of the sinner.
Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
He changes You!
Even so, there was one another important change necessary, a change in the heart of the offerer that was promised centuries before:
Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;”
Consequently, the perfect sacrifice of Jesus didn’t just make the sinner holy for a short time (a year) – but for ever! Did you get that? You have been made perfect (in your spirit) for ever!
Hebrews 10:10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
God forgets sins
Just to make sure, God now chooses to forget your sin! Under the Old Covenant every sin was recorded. It was reckoned to your sin debit account. Under Grace the salvation that God offers is so complete that He no longer records your sins. They are no longer charged to your account!
Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
Even better than that, your sins never come into his mind; He never remembers your sins – ever!
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
The remission of forgiveness is so complete that it’s as if you never sinned – God has no memory or consciousness of your sins!
No more offering required!
Hebrews 10: 17 “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”
And, just to underline all this amazing Good News, the verse above clearly says, that the remission or forgiveness is now so complete that – no offering for sin is required ever again!
Why is this? Think about it. When Jesus died on the cross everybody’s sins from that point were future. If His blood only took away the past sins that had been committed, then a whole lot more blood is going to be needed, because without the shedding of blood there is nor remission or forgiveness!
Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
This meant, that instead, of a lamb being sacrificed every year, Jesus had to be re-sacrificed every year for the last 2000 years because people are still sinning! However this is not the case because every sin that has been or will be has been expiated by his precious blood.
1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Sin is dealt with once for all
Therefore, Jesus has dealt with the whole issue of sin in God’s eyes for ever.
Hebrews 9:26 “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Are we all forgiven?
Maybe your saying though, does it mean that everybody is forgiven? Well technically yes, BUT… not everyone takes advantage of this amazing special offer:
Hebrews 9:27 “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
What if we reject Jesus?
Now, the bad news. If someone chooses to reject this sacrifice of Jesus then there is no hope – this is a sin against the Holy Spirit. This is what some of the Jews amongst the Jewish Christians were in danger of doing by rejecting Christianity and going back to the temple system of sacrifices,
Hebrews 10:26 “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”
Hebrews 10:29 “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”
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