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No Turning back

No turning back

The Christian calling is a calling we have received from the Father in His Son Jesus Christ, before the foundation of the world in order that; “We should be holy and blameless before Him in love” (Ephessians 1:4).
For, “God has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1: 9-10).
Therefore, we are not to turn away from holiness, because it is a non return flight onward bound to eternity. And in addition to this, “No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back is fit for the kingdom” (Luke 9: 62).
This plowing that believers are occupied in, is the perfecting of holiness in the fear of the Lord, and for this reason, “We are to prepare our minds for action; be self controlled; set our hope fully on the grace to be given when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, not conforming ourselves to the former lusts, we had when we lived in ignorance. But just as He who called us is holy, so we are to be holy in all that we do; for it is written. “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter1:13-16).
God’s eternal purpose for man was accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
This boldness and access with confidence before the presence of the Father is made accessible through the offering of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Before the advent of Jesus Christ, the law of sacrifices was ordained as a substitute to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but could not present the worshiper holy and blameless before God.
And so it is written; “But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience — concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9: 8-14; 10: 1-4).
Because animal sacrifices could not present the worshiper perfect before God, when Christ came into the world, He said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me, in burnt offering and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—in the volume of the book it is written of Me—to do Your will, O God.
Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:5-10).
Jesus Christ accomplished the Father’s eternal purpose for man by offering His body on the cross for our Sanctification and Redemption. He did not enter the perfect spiritual tabernacle by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
Now consider this for a moment, “If the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance– now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant” (Hebrews 9:13-15).
The death of Jesus Christ redeemed us from sins committed under the old covenant. We have been freely justified by God’s grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God presented as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.
He did this to demonstrate His justice because in His forbearance He left the sins committed beforehand unpunished (Romans 3:25). We were called to receive the promise of eternal inheritance, that is, our “Immortal Body or Everlasting life,” which comes as a result of holy and righteous living. For having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, we have our fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
We are told that, “The love of Christ compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, so that, those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again from the dead” (2Corinthians 5: 14-15),
We owe all praise and glory to, “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, in His great mercy has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade, kept in heaven for us, until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1: 3-4).
At the resurrection of Jesus Christ man became also the offspring of God: created in righteousness and true holiness. Christ accomplished the Father’s eternal purpose for man by paying the penalty of sin in man’s stead and instituting the ordinance of communion.
The ordinance of Communion which was instituted on the night before Christ was crucified, is the representative of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, which replaced the daily regular (often) offering whose objective is to present the worshiper holy, and blameless before God, at the appointed times of worship, and as a sweet aroma pleasing to God
The sweet aroma, God’s offering, which is pleasing to Him consist of the following;-
• The burnt offering
This represents the sacrificial body of Jesus Christ, who is now immortal, and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf as our faithful and merciful High Priest.
• Grain/Meal Offering
Which is flour mixed with olive oil and salt, representing the broken body of Christ as the new and living way to the Father.
• Drink Offering
Which is wine, representing the blood of Jesus Christ as the means by which our sins are cleansed and forguven.
This is the protocol by which God’s eternal purpose for man was accomplished in Christ, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
We are therefore admonished to, “Be followers of God as dear children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma” (Ephesians 5:2).
We are not to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, but instead, we are to give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
We are to be as living stones that are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. The regular offering of this spiritual sacrifice is the way by which one is cleansed from sin, and is presented holy and blameless before God.
• A word of caution
One has to examine him/herself before partaking of this ordinance, not as a deterrent, but rather to be reminded of the consequences for partaking of it in an unworthy manner, which is weakness, sickness and death.
Nevertheless, it is better that we judge ourselves. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, and if we endure chastening, God deals with us as with sons. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the father of spirit and live? His chastisement is for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
But if we turn back from pursuing holiness and sin willfully after we have received knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and fiery indignation will devour the adversaries.
Hopefully, we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His death, His resurrection, the ordinance of Holy Communion and His position as High Priest, to the saving of the soul.
God made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth.
Also in Christ Jesus we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will that we, who first trusted in Christ, should be to the praise of His glory. In Him we also trusted, after we heard the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation; in whom also, having believed, we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

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