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Beloved, His word goes out to you, and I, from many quarters. The scriptures lay hold of the truth.
God given, this is our food. This is truth. I have been inspired to reach out as much as time and His Spirit allow. To
help in some small way with your studies, with cares and troubles, with prayer and praise, is a position that God has graciously
appointed to me, and to many of you.
I continue to aspire to be a light in the darkness of apostasy and error
not only on You Tube but too often, from the pulpit of a church we may attend. Thus, by God's foreknowledge, we have
been instructed to search the scriptures and precept upon precept, line by line, God the Holy Spirit will teach us. For me,
though in much I could do better, yet I strive to be a beacon of hope and a light, pointing always to our Lord who is the
author and finisher of our "Faith". We are the just, through Him, and we live, by His faith.
Let us walk the path He built for us,
and see how straight and narrow, yet liberating it is!
ARE UNDER A BETTER COVENANT THROUGH CHRIST
6 "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit:
for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life."
We are ministers of a New Covenant, a New Testament,
effectual because of His blood and His death.One in which it is not of the letter of the law but of the spirit. The letter
of the law in the Old Testament condemned. All are guilty sinners. The Mosaic law never gave life. And Paul makes this clear
here "...the spirit gives life".
there anyone in the history of God's creation who was saved by keeping Law? NO! Only Jesus Christ kept the law! Moses
was a murderer, as was King David. The law cannot be kept. It is a mirror of our sinfulness, and a measurement of our sin
nature and failures. It was designed to show His righteousness and our sinfulness. So no man could boast and that all men
and women must be saved by faith, a faith God bestowed in anticipation of Messiah on Earth. Faith worked before Abraham,
then under the Law of Moses and after Christ, it is by grace through faith. Law never saved a soul.
THE FAILURE OF MAN: GOD'S GRACE RESPONDS
Genesis 6:5: "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
Psalms 51:5: "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did
my mother conceive me."
Psalms 58:3: "The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from
birth, speaking lies."
Ecclesiastes 7:20: "Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good
and never sins."
Ecclesiastes 9:3: "This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event
happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live,
and after that they go to the dead."
Jeremiah 17:9: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
sick; who can understand it?"
13:23: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing
Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts,
sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person."
John 3:19: "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world,
and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil."
John 6:44: "[Jesus said,] 'No one can come to
me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.''
6:64-65: "[Jesus said,] 'But there are some of you who do not believe.' (For Jesus knew from the beginning
who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, 'This is why I told you that no
one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.''
8:34: "Jesus answered them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.''
Romans 3:10-11: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no
one seeks for God."
8:7-8: "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it
cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God."
1 Corinthians 2:14: "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit
of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."
Ephesians 2:1-3: "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you
once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at
work in the sons of disobedience - among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of
the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind."
Titus 3:3: "For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray,
slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another."
7 "But if the ministration of death, written
and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the
glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How shall not the ministration
of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory,
much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
are ministers in the righteousness of Christ! "For if that which was done away..." WHAT
was done away? THE LAW! And what took it's place? The
New Covenant and the day of GRACE in which we live ! Thank you Jesus! Let us bow our heads and give our Lord some
praise for He is The Glory.
The Mosaic Law was strict. It demanded
an eye for an eye. a tooth for a tooth etc. It was absolute. Whatever a man deserved according to the law, that was what
he received. In Exodus 32 the people were already breaking the Law.
1 "And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered
themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the
man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him."
7 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of
the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:
have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it,
and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people,
and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people:"
Had Moses brought the tables of the
Law into the camp at this time the entire nation of Israel would have been destroyed according to LAW. The breaking of these
laws meant instant death. So Moses smashed them and went into the camp!
Moses returned to the top of Mt. Sinai and the presence of God and something happens! He asks God for mercy for the
people and God gives them a second chance. He gives Moses the second tables of the Law. Moses now understands God is tempering
the Law with mercy and grace. The Mosaic system will now have at it's heart a tabernacle and a sacrificial system
that will be the basis of approach to God, which is "...without shedding of blood there is no remission of sin".
22 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission."
without holiness, no man is going to see God!
14 "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:"
in the world are we going to get into the presence of God? God had to make a way for us and did! It was the grace of God
fulfilled in the, birth, death and resurrection of Christ.
9 "And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the
law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:"
The glory of the grace of God fulfilled in Christ is a ministration of glory. It is called
"the glorious gospel of the blessed God". God loves man and DELIGHTS in mercy! He
wants to save man. It is not His will that any of the human family should be lost. Saving man makes Him happy.
When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai the second time there was loy in his heart and his
face shined. Now there was a way for the children of Israel to come into the presence of God through the sacrificial system.
But Moses came down with a veil on his face. The glory was already beginning to fade! It
was a portend of what would be the fate of the nation of Israel. Blinded to the fulfillment
of the whole law by Christ to this very day! And not only these, but in the church itself some of us still live as under
law though grace came in the form of THE SON OF GOD.
18 "Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth
iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because
he delighteth in mercy.
unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his
way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
2 Corinthians 3:14-18
their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which
veil is done away in Christ.
15 But even unto
this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart.
when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away.
the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
And, my brethren, it is Christ IN THE
WORD OF GOD that will transform you. For in it we draw as close as possible to the Lord Jesus and are transformed.
And as we grow in His truths we see the vail lifted and His being is more clear to us, as we look upon the One who loves
us and gave His life so we should live, by GRACE through FAITH, according to His will for us, in
the Power of The Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1:23
23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
NEW COVENANT IN CHRIST'S BLOOD PT1
still have one foot in Old Testament Law and the other in Christ and the New Covenant. Sabbath keeping, Holidays, dietary
laws, indeed, the 10 commandments as a necessary yardstick to whether one is saved or not by keeping or not keeping all
But to fully appreciate what Jesus Christ
achieved for us we must consider His exalted place today at the right hand of God and what He fulfilled on the cross
as well as WHAT IS THE NEW COVENANT IN CHRIST'S BLOOD? and why we are under it's saving grace and NOT the Old Covenant
made with Israel.
"6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is
the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises."
Our Lord is our High Priest above pleading His blood for our sins and the sins of the
world until He returns to call His church up from the earth to meet Him in the air. He is ministering to us in the Tabernacle
in Heaven. The earthly one of the Jew's was just a shadow of it.
"1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:
We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that
this man have somewhat also to offer.
if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: (At
the time this epistle was written the Temple of the Jew's was still standing)
5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was
about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the
Now all of this was a shadow of the reality. The reality itself was in Heaven. And today
Jesus is there in the heavenly tabernacle functioning on our behalf. Brethren, ask yourself "Is Christ real to me right
now". What does this mean to you? Have you considered that you have a mediator between yourself and God our Father
who keeps you in grace and in fellowship notwithstanding sins that you commit by commission and omission, by thoughts without
actual deeds, by the very nature of your dead self that you still live in, though as an overcomer, you overcome SOLELY
by The Holy Spirit in you?
When we left the house this morning did we take Christ with us? Are we conscious
of His presence? He is in heaven serving us all the time! He is our intercessor! we make confession of sin through
Him to our Father. May we make Jesus Christ, in all His power, and in all His salvation, and in all of His love and care
for us, a true reality!
1 John 1:6-10:
"6 If we
say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
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.
8 If we
say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar,
and his word is not in us."
1 John 2:1-2:
"1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have
an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
need to stop with the milk and get to the meat! Are we in His presence daily? Why do we have so many problems
that we take to everyone, including our pastor's when we have Him up there? A living Christ. If we walk in the light
of His presence, we are going to walk with Him down the street. Wherever we are He is with us. Do we take Him with us? If
He is with us then there are many things we will have to consider in our choices, our conduct, our ministries.
throne of God is today a throne of GRACE! He has done that for us! He has told us to enter there and be with Him.
We have the key, He has given it to us by Faith He gave us and our salvation He died for; "Without faith it is
impossible to please him; for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
seek him" (Heb.11:6).
Now we are into the meat! Now we are walking in the tall corn fields!
Beloved, no one could remain saved if Jesus Christ was not where he is right now!
He is the mediator of a better covenant, the New Covenant... the New
Testament God has made IN HIS BLOOD, in contrast with the Old Testament. God gave Moses the Law. No one was ever saved
by keeping the Law. no one ever came to God and said " I have kept all the law, therefore receive me". NO! They
were continually bringing sacrifices to the Temple because they transgressed God's Law. THE LAW
WAS GIVEN TO REVEAL TO THEM THEY HAD TRANSGRESSED GOD'S LAW AND COME SHORT OF HIS GLORY!
The sacrificial system was a shadow of things to come. And
the tabernacle God gave them a shadow of the REAL TABERNACLE IN WHICH OUR LORD MINISTER'S TODAY!
So we see we have a BETTER priest up yonder, a BETTER sacrifice, and a BETTER tabernacle. Christ incorporates ALL THREE!
What we have now is established on BETTER PROMISES! Back in
the Old Testament God had given the Mosaic Law and the tabernacle ritual, and when they breached His law they brought a sacrifice.
Before Moses there was Abraham and the instruction on how to come to God was BY FAITH, like Abraham . Before
Abraham, there was Noah and the basis was different.
Today we fall under the New Covenant (Through Christ), being made a part of it as Christians,
but God is NOT through with the nation of Israel yet! And these better promises are going to be fulfilled for them in
the future millennium .
"18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy
on his dwelling places; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof."
" 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and
gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth
with child together: a great company shall return thither.
They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters
in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered
Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he."
"31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel,
and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them
out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the
LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people."
Jews are not in Israel under God's redemption today, but when the day comes, there will be a fulfillment of what
the writer to the Hebrews says that there are going to be better promises on a better covenant with the house of Israel
and the house of Judah.
" 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:"
let me say this: we, being under the new covenant that God has made ready for Israel as well, through their redeemer, the
Lion of The Tribe of Judah, then let us be mindful that we do not trespass and set aside in GROSS ERROR OR EVEN IN HERESY,
the sureness of our position in Christ by proclaiming as some do that Israel is no more in God's plan, for in so denying
Israel we deny the very covenant, that by the grace of God through Christ, we come under!
"8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out
of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;
I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a
11 And they shall not teach every
man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their
unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old
is ready to vanish away."
And as Paul makes abundantly
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved
for the father's sakes.
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all."
last word before we stop this most important study of our Lord, His High Priestly ministry above, His faithfulness to
His church AND to Israel, we must CONSIDER that so much false and erroneous teachings are being tossed out by people
who have NOT studied the word of God in depth AND WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT DIRECTING THEM that many brethren, less knowing, have
a serious misconception of end time prophesy as well as a lurking doubt about the security of their salvation.
will deal with Christ as our High Priest, our place with Him above, these issues surrounding Israel and more
in our next study to be sent soon. I do hope YOU WILL BENEFIT from these messages as well as present any questions that
you may have.
May He richly bless you,
THE NEW COVENANT IN CHRIST'S BLOOD PT2
All the Jewish saints of old testament times and those that came before
looked to their redemption from God the Savior. Disclosed in Isaiah 53 Israel was given the key to what would
be the future event to liberate the lost from their sins and the prison of an eternal grave in separation from God forever:
"1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should
3 He is despised
and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised,
and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of
God, and afflicted.
5 But he was
wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed.
6 All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he
opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth
not his mouth.
8 He was taken
from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for
the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence,
neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering
for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and
shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the
great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered
with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
Upon His completion of His sacrifice and resurrection, He was taken up in a cloud
and once in the presence of His Father's throne, assumed His rightful position as our High Priest in the Holiest Of Holies
of The Temple made without mans hands. And brought with Him His Holy blood to plead for our sins and those of the world.
Beloved; we can worship our Lord anywhere in Spirit. We do so right here in Churchintheair
IF we choose to participate in this ministry that has roots around the world. We do not need fancy buildings nor stained glass
windows nor another roof over our heads. God is Spirit and we who worship Him worship in Spirit and truth which is His word.
There is the real tabernacle in heaven and a real High Priest there, and it is
wonderful to worship Him at your church if you attend, but right where you are there is worship, right there in the very room
you are in and He is there with you. Let us shout a joyous shout to our Holy God who loved us so that He gave His only begotten
Son, that He should bleed His blood and suffer such a death for us so that we can do for Him at the least, in giving Him the
rightful praise and Glory He so richly deserves.
9:11-15, 18, 24-28:
Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that
is to say, not of this building;
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.
13 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:
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?
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.
16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is of force after men are dead:
otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all
the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled
both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle,
and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 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.
24 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:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as
the high priest 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.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 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.
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
Father, forgive me.
"Holy Father, conviction has taken hold of me. I am ashamed. My sins
have overwhelmed me to the devils glee. It is against you, oh LORD, that I have sinned. You know the beginning and end of
my life. In my failures I have demeaned my Lord and Savior and faith was abandoned in a moment of lostness. I bow my head
in sorrow and by the blood of Jesus, my Lord, I am clean again.
You are a GOD of forgiveness and mercy. Your love
passes all understanding. Holy are you, oh LORD, and righteous are your judgments. It is so and I thank you for this comfort.
Judgment begins at your house.
Straighten my paths, oh LORD. In your righteousness I am secure and through your
loving kindness I am content. Strengthen me in your Holy Spirit's power and wisdom. You cared for me my whole life my
Father. You delivered me from death and my enemies. I praise you and give you all glory. You are a GOD of care and comfort
and never forget your own.
In you and you alone no evil can overcome me, and your love for me, oh LORD. Nothing
in this world or elsewhere can, for only you are THE ALMIGHTY GOD, and all is subject to you. And I am yours through Jesus
Christ, the Son of Man. You will deliver me and fulfill your will for my life.
Raise me up, oh GOD, and place
your hand over my life to strengthen, guide and discipline me. Then I will know that my days are not in vain and my end according
to your perfect will.
May the Lord and Savior come soon. I pray to you in His Holy name and believe I am forgiven."
"1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest
of our profession, Christ Jesus;"
"14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 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.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne
of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Our Lord occupies a threefold office: 1. He was a prophet when He came almost
2000 years ago; 2. He is a priest today; 3. He is coming someday to rule as King from Jerusalem, and redeem Israel from total
Can we live the Christian life on our own? Can we even understand the scriptures
we read by our own mind? Of course NOT! God never asked us to! He asks us to live it through Him and His strength. And because
He is who He is now, we CAN hold forth our confession of faith...IF we live by His faith we ARE ONE IN HIM!
MAN IN THE GLORY
"He shines like a billion suns ablaze
in his countenance to see
A more than brilliant face has he.
His clothing is luminescent pure
His hair on fire
And angels minister to him in flight.
He is the Savior of all the world
A plan his Father saw
fit to unveil
And intercedes by our days and nights
So the death of sin cannot have might.
His chamber high
above the earth
The blood of his an eternal worth
Set out before the alter pure
God the Father forgives for
He is our High Priest
Keeping those of us he owns.
In Christ there is only victory
And we the victors
just through him".
How do we come boldly into the presence of our Lord and High Priest?
"19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness
to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house
22 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.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
For those who have one IOTA of doubt of their salvation let His
word's be made most clear:
Paul says in Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no
condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus..." And expands that truth to it's conclusive triumph in Romans
"Who shall lay any
thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies."
Nothing can change what is ours through the
Lord and our faith in His blood sacrifice that cleaned us forever...and does so each day.
Paul continues: in Romans 8:34-39:
" Who is he that condemns?
It is Christ that died, and that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us".
Now hear what the Spirit, through Paul, has to say:
"What shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake
we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. In all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything created, shall be able to separate us from the
love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord."
Now let's hear what Jesus has to say in John
"My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give to them ETERNAL LIFE"
He goes on to add in verse 28-29:
"And they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave me to them, is greater than all; and no man
is able to take them out of my Father's hand".
You see it is not us who holds on but God who holds us. God is supreme and all powerful.
Once saved always saved is guaranteed by Jesus.