Satan has done a great job at keeping people preoccupied with what was dealt with once and for all at the cross – sin. Yes, Christ died for the forgiveness of sin, but He also died for mankind to have a resurrected life.
In order for us to put something in a container for consumption, it needs to be cleansed first. When you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, He cleanses us with His blood that was shed on Calvary in order for His Spirit to come and live in and through you. He washes us of all unrighteousness and then fills us with His pure divine Spirit.
The message of forgiveness and receiving cannot be separated. Don’t miss the reason for the forgiveness. He washes in order to fill, and then He seals us.
Ephesians 1:13 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.
We believed when we heard the gospel. It takes faith to believe and God said to each is given “the” measure of faith. How did the faith come? It came by hearing the Word. So the process is; hearing, believing, which is the cleansing, filling, and then sealed by and in the Holy Spirit.
Christ dealt with our sin issue once for all.
Romans 6:10 – The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.
Hebrews 9:26 – But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
I get so irritated when I hear some Christians say there has to be a balance of preaching. They say, “Yes there’s grace, but people need to hear about their sin too.” This is called mixing the law and grace. We are not under the law! People already know what they are doing wrong. They don’t need to be reminded of it. They need to be reminded of the grace that flows generously from the Throne of Grace.
Hebrews 10:1 – For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
Let me explain: Forgiveness, in the Old Testament, under the law of Moses, could only come through the High Priest sacrificing a bull for the nation of Israel for the sins of the past year – Day of Atonement.
Two goats were taken, one slain on the altar and the other goat, the elders lay their hands on it and it was called the “scapegoat” sending it out into the wilderness – removal of sin. That was the good news, now for the bad.
This had to be done year after year because on day two, after these sacrifices, the people started all over again not being able to keep the law, “perfectly.”
This atonement, which means covering, was to give relief to the guilty. These sacrifices did indeed cover the sins, but they could not take them “away.”
Hebrews 10:4 says, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sin.”
The person could enjoy the forgiveness, but his system had no final solution.
Stay with me. We are still on Hebrews 10:1. The law was a shadow of the good things to come. The one to come was Jesus Christ, being our High Priest who made the once for all sacrifice, sat down when it was all finished , at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:10-12 and John 19:30).
Hebrews 10:14 – “Because by one sacrifice He made perfect forever those who are being made Holy.” Jesus did it all!
Notice it didn’t say, those who act perfectly are becoming holy. Maybe this is too bold for some. I won’t argue with anyone. You either believe it, or you don’t.
I wrote this because I’ve talked to too many confused people, lost and saved, that need to be reminded: Christ paid the penalty for our sin Once and for all!
When you believe right, you will start living right. The way to believe right is to renew your mind through God’s Word. We can’t ignore God’s Holy scriptures and expect to be transformed into a Christian magically – Christ like.
If you’re not used to reading scripture, start out small and when you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside, He will teach you “All truth!” I sure hope this helps someone. Let me know if it does.