Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Let Christ Assure Your Heart Today

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." (Hebrews 10: 22)

We can come to God knowing that He will never punish us, nor hold our sins against us:

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus," (Romans 8: 1, NIV)

John tells us that we do not have to worry about what's on our hearts, in the first place:

"And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him." (1 John 3: 19)

Let us always remember that the truth is a person (John 14: 6), and the truth speaks of the Gospel of Grace.

Grace and truth are one in Christ:

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1: 17)

The truth of grace, not the law, sets us free:

"31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8: 31-32)

The truth is all about the Gospel:

"To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you." (Galatians 2: 5)

And the Gospel in short form is provided for you here:

"Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13: 38-39)

 But what if our heart is not assured?

 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things" (1 John 3: 20)

We need to know that God knows everything about us, yet He sent His own Son to die for us (John 3: 16), and that He remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8: 12) 

21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

We have this confidence, that all things have been taken care of, and that we are fully washed and sanctified in Christ.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Jesus, Our High Priest Forever

"And having an high priest over the house of God;" (Hebrews 10: 21)

Jesus is our high priest today.

In fact, He ministers on our behalf, and ever stops serving:

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10: 45)

and also:

"Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life." (Hebrews 7: 16)

Why is it important for us to know that our High Priest today has an endless life?

Under the Old Covenant, the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies once every year to atone for the sins of the people:

" And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD.” (Exodus 30: 11)

This high priest would enter once a  year, which signified that the shedding of blood was not enough.

When Jesus shed His blood, the eternal value of His blood covers our sins forever.

Not only that, but because He is a perfect, never-dying priest, we can rest assured that our perfect standing before God will never change.

"For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Malachi 3: 6)

We are made not just righteous before God, but the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 21), and we keep receiving this righteousness (Romans 5: 17) because our righteousness is based on Jesus, our High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (King of Righteousness):

"(For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)" (Hebrews 7: 21)

When we understand whose we are, and where we are in (in Christ), then we understand fully who we are:

"Herein is love perfected among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Jesus, Our Living Way to God the Father

"By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;" (Hebrews 10: 20) 

Jesus declared to His disciples:

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14: 6)

When most of read this passage, we usually think of a pathway to getting to someone. Then again, how is a person a pathway?

Jesus was speaking to His Jewish disciples then, and the context of coming to God, or getting close to Him, was always tied up in the sacrifices:

"26Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon." (Exodus 20: 26)

and

"And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded." (Leviticus 9: 7)

Because Jesus is the Lamb who takes away (present tense) the sins of the world (John 1: 29), we know that we can come to God our Father anytime, since the blood of His Son Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 7).

Now, what does the veil and the flesh speak of, regarding the living path that we have to God?

When Jesus died on the Cross, the veil in the Temple, which had divided the Holies of Holies from the entire world, was ripped from top to bottom:

"50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; " (Matthew 28: 50-51)

Because Jesus died for us and as us, sin was condemned in His flesh:

"2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" (Romans 8: 2-3)

When we come to God today, even if we find sinful thoughts and feelings in our bodies, we reckon ourselves dead to these sins, too (Romans 6:11-14), because Jesus' death accomplished a perfect work in purging our consciences and perfecting us forever before God the Father (Hebrews 10: 14).

Jesus is alive, and we live because of Him, and through Him we have perfect access to God our Father, knowing that Jesus perfected us in Him, and thus grants us boldness to come to God in our every time of need (Hebrews 4: 16)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Have Boldness to Come to God

"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus," (Hebrews 10: 19)

Why do we have boldness to enter before God at any time?

The blood of Jesus!

The previous verse explains what Jesus' blood did for us: taking away all our sins. All of them.

Now, when we read this verse and take in the message about coming to God, we can understand why many people have a hard time coming to Him.

Some of us may feel that He is not big enough:

"Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" (Isaiah 46: 10)

Some of us may feel that He does not want to help us, because of our sins.

Regarding the guilt of our sins, some have read this passage, perhaps:

"1Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
 
2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59: 1-2)
 
Yet that is no longer the case, for He remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8: 12), and:
 
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ." (Ephesians 2: 13)
 
and
 
"21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight." (Colossians 1: 21-22)
 
Maybe you think that He does not care about what you are going through. Perhaps you had parents who did not care what you were going through.
 
Jesus knows what you are going through:
 
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4: 15)
 
And He cares:
 
"6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." (1 Peter 5: 6-7)
 
Because of Jesus, all He has done and all that He is, we can come to God:
 
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4: 16)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

There is No Other Offering But the Blood

"Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin." (Hebrews 10: 18)

Jesus' blood did away with our sins forever.

"But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" (Hebrews 10: 12)

These sins are put away from us, and we no longer identify with them. Only when we forget this do we find ourselves not living a victory:

"But he that lacketh these things [traits of godly character] is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins." (2 Peter 1: 9)

We do not remove our sins through anything that we have done, but rather everything which Jesus did:

"4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" (Ephesians 2: 4-6)

and then

"13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2: 13-15)

All our trespasses are forgiven because of Jesus' death, and through His death the Mosaic law was fulfilled, and rendered inoperative against us (Matthew 5: 17, Hebrews 8: 13)

In the last days, the greatest fight would be with those who believe that Jesus did not finish the work/ They would not deny that He never existed, or that He never died, but that He did not finish the work:

"O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain." (Galatians 3: 1-4)

and

"(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." (Philippians 3: 18-19)

And also

"3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." (Jude 3-4)

There is no other way for our sins to be put away forever, because in order to have eternal, there had to be a sacrifice of eternal consequence, the blood of Jesus, which keeps on cleansing us (1 John 1: 7)

Friday, October 17, 2014

He Remembers Your Sins No More

"And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." (Hebrews 10: 17)

I remember reading a Christian author claim that God does not remember our sins anymore, but He does not forget them, either. Even today, there are men and women in the Body of Christ who still think that our sins are recorded somewhere.

What does the Bible say regarding our sins?:

"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." (Isaiah 43: 25)

How about this?

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103: 12)

Before Jesus died on the Cross, He promised to send the Comforter, or our Advocate:

"8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged." (John 16: 8-11)

We are convicted of righteousness, because we now do believe on Him, we know that the rule of the world has been judged, and we recognize today that He is seated at the right hand of God the Father, justifying us (Romans 8: 31-34)

He does not forget out sins arbitrarily, but rather because someone else paid for all of them: His Son Jesus:

"13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2: 13-15)

and also

"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." (1 John 1: 7)

God remembers our sins no more because they have all been paid for, and paid for eternally.

John later writes:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1: 9)

God our Father is faithful to what Jesus did, and acting justly because His Son did a perfect work at the Cross.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The New Laws He Writes on Our Hearts

"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;" (Hebrews 10: 16)

Notice that God has made this covenant with us.

We did not make this agreement. He came to us and cut the New Covenant:

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5: 8)

then

"Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him." (Romans 5: 9)

This New covenant is based on His blood, which speaks better things than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12: 24), and keeps on cleansing us (1 John 1: 7)

Now, what laws does God places in our hearts?

They are not the Ten Commandments, because every person born into this world has that ministry of condemnation within them:

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There are a few laws which the New Testament mentions:

"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter." (Romans 7: 6)

and then

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8: 2)

We are now led by His Spirit, rather than by outer rules.

Another law, is the law of faith:

"Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith." (Romans 3: 27)

There is the law of liberty, which speaks our new freedom in Christ, because the law of Moses has been fulfilled:

"25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1: 25)

That perfect law of liberty is His Spirit:

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3: 17)

This verse ties right back to the law of the spirit of life.

Now, is there any verse which wraps up these revelations of God's laws written on our minds?

Yes indeed:

"And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." (1 John 3: 23)

The law of faith and the Spirit of life ministers to us to believe on Jesus Christ. The other, love one another, fulfills the law of Moses, but instead of creed of "Don't", the Spirit of God ministers God's love to us:

"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (Romans 5: 5)

This love enables us to love others:

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John 13: 32)

and also

"We love him, because he first loved us." (1 John 4: 19)

The law of the Spirit, of faith, of love -- those are the new laws which God has put in our hearts and writes on our minds today.