Christ's sacrifice opened the way for us to be with the Father
because we are now correct, now perfect and
now holy in the Father's eyes:Romans
5:11 "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.(or
'at one purpose with God', 'reconciled')."
Are we to sacrifice today as in the
Old Testament? -Hebrews
10:26 ".....there remains no other sacrifice for sins." Christ's sacrifice
covered it all! -Hebrews
9:13,14 "For if the blood of bulls and of goats and the ashes of an
heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh,
how much more shall the blood of Christ.....?" Hebrews
10:4 "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should
is 'cut off', 'remove').sins."
He just take away sins that came before Him? -Hebrews
9:15 "And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that
by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions.that
were under the first testament, they which are called might receive
the promise of eternal inheritance."
what Christ did for us.
"sacrifices" for today are...
So how should we view all this? Hebrews
10:19-24 "Having therefore, brethren, boldness
to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living
way, which he has consecrated
for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh. And having an high
priest over the house of God, 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, let us hold fast the profession
of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful that promised.
And let us consider one another.(and
unto love and to good works."
difference between the old &
new covenants would separate those who strongly believed they should
to the old, as the Pharisees
did in Jesus' time.
The Pharisees added so many of their
own traditions, their own righteousnesses to the law that they knew so
23:1-3), they totally corrupted the OT laws, but they
thought that they were the righteous intelligent ones – wow! Paul
was the same before his conversion.
What the mind can think to do out
of touch with God is amazing -Luke
18:10-14; Matthew 5:20; 12:14;
33:12-16 ".....The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver
him in the day of his transgression. As for the wickedness of the wicked,
he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness,
neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the
day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely
live, if he trust to his own righteousness and commit iniquity,
all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered, but for his iniquity that
he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked,
Thou shalt surely die, if he turn from his sin and do that which is lawful
in the new covenant, that's belief in Christ).....he
shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed
shall be mentioned unto him....."
I mean, these guys
were corrupt, vile, judgmental and vicious -Matthew
21:15 "And when the chief priests and scribes
saw the wonderful things that He did and the children crying in the temple
and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, they were sore displeased.".Welcome
praise not to these pride filled Pharisees
and their ilk caused them to be offended -Mark
12:38-40. They didn't know that there is no peace in the heart
unless love for others, sincerity
They even threatened those who thought differently. They disallowed heartfelt
influence by the writings they claimed they followed -Matthew
12:3,5; 19:4; 22:29,31;
who call themselves Christian are like that today, becoming the 'frozen
chosen'. Paul was not
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