good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christ Alone, Once for ALL...

Someone I've recently become aquantented with sent me some verses out of Isaiah chapter 12 today. They were: "Isaiah 12:2-3 KJV Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. [3] Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation."
  As I kept reading those verses over again to myself I kept stopping on that word salvation... then tonight during church Brother Joseph Porter was preaching out of Hebrews chapter 9. Now I have a bad habit of continuing reading the passage while the preaching is going on and I did that again tonight. I was struck again and again by the reacurring thought of "Christ Alone, Once For ALL"... Do you get the gravity of that as I believe the Lord was showing me tonight? My brain did a whole "Mr. Magoo- "GREAT GOO-GA-LEE-MOO-GA-LEE!"" when it struck me...

In Hebrews 9:11&12 it says: "BUT CHIRST being come an high preist of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD he entered ONCE into the holy place, having obtained ETERNAL REDEMPTION FOR US."

Why? because...

Hebrews 9: 22 says: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and WITHOUT SHEDDING OF BLOOD IS NO REMISSION."

Without Christ giving his life's blood for our sin, there would be no redemption and no remission of sins. Back in "the old days" of the law and the tabernacle sacrifices had to be given yearly. Over and Over again and not once did they ever really "Clean" sin but more like covered it up.
  If I were to give an illistration of this, it's like when you're sweeping the floor in your house. If you sweep the dirt, trash under the rug instead of taking it outside then you're not really cleaning it up. You're simply "covering it up" so that it can't be seen. But when you sweep it up into the dust pan and take it outside and then mop the floor, THEN you can say that it is truely clean. That's what Christ did on Calvary for us and does now for us when we except His gift of Salvation through Him. He doesn't just cover up our sin, He takes it out of our lives and out of our hearts and cleanses us from it completely.

I was also struck by how many times this same point is reinnerated throughout the rest of Hebrews 9 and on into Hebrews 10: 1-18.

In Hebrews 9:23-24 it talks about Christ being THE BETTER SACRIFICE.
  "It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these: but the heavenly thigns themselves with BETTER SACRIFICES than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God FOR US."
  You see earthly sacrifices are not good enough. ONLY Christ the Son of God was the only sacrifice that was holy, pure and acceptable to God the Father for the remission of sins and He did it FOR US! Also Christ only had to do it ONCE! Not over and over again like the many sacrifices of the Old Testament law.
  If we read on in the chapter it says in verses 25-28:
   "Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high preist entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; [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. And as it is appointed unto men ONCE TO DIE, but after this the judgement: SO CHRIST wad 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."

AMEN! GLORY TO GOD! For you see, there is a vast difference between covering sin and washing away sin. There is a vast difference between that dirt being under the rug and being out of the house completely.... It is not truely clean if it is still there and that is what Christ has done for us. He did not just cover our sins... He BORE THEM UPON HIMSELF AND PUT THEM AWAY!!

And again in Hebrews chapter 10 verse 1: "For the law having a shadow of good things to come, (that's talking about Christ), and not the very image of the things, CAN NEVER with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect." 

Folks only CHRIST could/ can do that!

Verse 2- 8:
 [2- 3] "For then would they not have ceased to be offered? (do you get what is being asked here?) because that the worshippers ONCE PURGED SHOULD HAVE HAD NO MORE CONSCIENCE OF SINS. But in those sacrifices THERE IS A REMEMBERANCE AGAIN made of sins every year."

In Christ, because He was offered once, then there is no more rememberance of sins. Our sins are GONE COMPLETELY! No other sacrifice can do that and so it must be THROUGH CHRIST ALONE!

[4-8] "For it is NOT possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, BUT A BODY HAST THOU PREPARED ME: In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. THEN (that's a big word that changes alot) said I, Lo, I COME (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt-offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered BY THE LAW:"

Verse 9 establishes that the first law was taken away so that room could be made for THE LAW OF GRACE.
[9] "Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He TAKETH AWAY THE FIRST, THAT HE MAY ESTABLISH THE SECOND."

The next verses go on to show that Christ IS THE ONLY WAY!

look at verses 10-18 to finish up tonight...

Hebrews 10: 10-18
 "By the which will we are sanctified THROUGH THE OFFERING OF THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST ONCE FOR ALL. 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 ONCE SACRIFICE FOR SINS FOR EVER, SAT DOWN ON THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD; (this is speaking of Christ) From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. FOR BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOR EVER them that are sanctified. (that's us, those who have put our trust in him alone) Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 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; And their sins and iniquities WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE. NOW WHERE REMISSION OF THESE IS, THERE IS NO MORE OFFERING FOR SIN"


GLORY TO GOD!

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