April 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Part 3. To see why I am doing this 5 part post series please see here
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Our great God while we were ‘enemies’ (Rom 5:10) made the way for us to reconciled to Him. We who were hostile to Him, He saw fit to set his love on and to meet the demands that our sin required! Not only this,; once reconciled and smiled on, we are brought into the house, allowed access to know God. He has both made the peace and carried us into the eternal house!
‘But what is the ultimate good in the good news? It all ends in one thing: God himself. All the words of the gospel lead to him, or they are not gospel. For example, salvation is not good news if it only saves from **** and not for God. Forgiveness is not good news if it only gives relief from guilt and doesn’t open the way to God. Justification is not good news if it only makes us legally acceptable to God but doesn’t bring fellowship with God. Redemption is not good news if it only liberates us from bondage but doesn’t bring us to God. Adoption is not good news if it only puts us in the Father’s family but not in his arms.’*
He has brought us to God and in this selfsame process we are made to belong to Him, to be owned by Him. Brought into His house and now under his loving governance, the like where we are made to do what we were created for, to love and to honour Him!
Now in the house we are welcomed and beckoned into its most secret parts, the parts which formerly we were forbidden to enter because of our sin. Now. With the reconciliation brought about by the washing away of our sin we can enter the holy place. Hebrews 10:19-20
Now with the blessed friendship, lordship and adoption we are made to come and meet God through the person of His Son, for now ‘there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the meeting place, he is the new and everlasting temple.
‘Do we want to see God? Jesus says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Do we want to receive God? Jesus says, “Whoever receives me receives him who sent me” (Matthew 10:40). Do we want to have the presence of God in worship? The Bible says, “Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:23). Do we want to honor the Father? Jesus says, “Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him” (John 5:23)’**
Once and for all he has made sacrifice for sin and we are at peace, as stated. Reconciled and brought in. He is not like the priests of old who had to continually sacrifice animals, now we have the permanent blessed sacrifice for sin, he did ‘this once for all’ (Hebrews 7:27)
Jesus is a great High Priest. He now is the ultimate, sympathetic and understanding High Priest, so we can come before Him we assurance!
‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ (Hebrews 4:15-16)
No parental, generational or ancestral bondage, or vain “inherited” lifestyle can hold us from the riches and blessings of God himself. Jesus has freed us from the meaninglessness of it all, to bring us to a better place – to a place of God!
God’s mercy and power are now at work to free us from the slavery we were born into. A slavery to commit sin and to do nothing else. The work of the Holy Spirit has ben opened, the blood of Christ has opened the gate of mercy and compassion and sanctification.
And finally his death means that I die! Upon that cross as he died for the sake of my sin, my old self was nailed to that cross. The ‘old man’ was buried because He took him away! Now I can live as He lives and that unto to righteousness and to glory!
So we have seen we have been reconciled to God, brought into the most secret places of the house, because of the perfect High Priest by whom we are made whole and made new to live for God!