Classic Christianity – Christmas P2 (12-21-21)
Without The Shedding of Blood There is No Forgiveness – It is Finished!
Is Jesus going to shed His blood again? No! So if Jesus shed His blood one time for the sins of the whole world, and “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” [Hebrews 9:22], then what are we going to have to conclude from that one verse of scripture? It is finished! Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished!” There is no more sacrifice for sins. His work was complete.
Shout it from the rooftops! Jesus was born a man and lived a perfect life and took away all our sins on the cross from the sight of God so that in Him we may become the righteousness of God ourselves and receive His eternal Life in us.
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Jesus became sin for us!
2 Corinthians 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Yet most average people in Christianity today does not know that nor do they believe that. Look at the irony of this teaching. We teach people that their sins are forgiven, yet we don’t believe our sins are forgiven. Now if you really believe your sins are forgiven, why would you be asking God to forgive you of your sins? You wouldn’t be asking God if you really believed your sins were forgiven. These people are continually going to their Catholic confession booths or their virtual Protestant confession booths of believing in their wrong interpenetration of 1 John 1:9. They are believing a lie. They are not agreeing with God. They are not believing their sins have been taken away from the sight of God.
If people were believing God, they would be thanking Him for His forgiveness on the cross instead of asking for what He has already done. Now do you want to walk by faith, or presumption and traditions? If you want to walk by presumption and traditions then keep going back to your confession booths. Presumption keeps on keeping on asking God. Tradition keeps short accounts with God. Presumption and traditions says that is how I will remain in fellowship with God. The problem with this is there is no such thing as being in and out of fellowship with God. You are either in the fellowship, saved, or out of the fellowship, lost. Fellowship is two fellows in the same ship. People are believing the lie of in and out of fellowship by thinking in their mind that God can’t look on in sin, so that when I sin, God spins around and puts His back to me, and then when I ask for forgiveness He spins back around towards me. They have placed God on a spinning carousel. Come-on folks, can you imagine how much spinning He would have to do in just a small room of a few people alone? Yikes!
All of this stuff is nonsensical teaching. Keeping short accounts teaching is garbage. It’s been taught by so many people. Even Bob acknowledged that he taught it in the past. And to put things in perspective, what person is without sin? What thoughts go through your mind on a daily basis? Are any of you sinless? The key problem with this type of teaching is that once you are preoccupied with sin, then you are preoccupied with it all day long
What God is saying to us is that He took away the issue of sin. Until you are ready to put this behind you, you are not ready for LIFE. You will never grow in the grace of God. You will remain immature in the faith. You will be a baby Christian at best, and there is a very real possibility that one may not even be a Christian to begin with.
On the other hand, if you want to walk by faith then thank God for what He has already done for you! You can’t have if both ways. You can’t have one toe in your traditions and the other toe in faith.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Until you finalize the cross, in your heart, you are never going to realize the resurrection. Peter said that they are “blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.” This is why people don’t grow. You can’t grow when you are denying what Jesus said is true. If you can’t “agree” (confess) with Him what He did on the cross, then you can’t “agree” (confess) with Him about anything!
2 Peter 1:9
9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
These people that deny that the sin issue is finished can not be perfected in Love. They are living in fear. Why? Because fear has to do do with punishment and someone in fear can not be perfected in Love.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
What happens to a person in fear? They live in a cowering position in life. Heck, if I think God is hacked at me, then I am in fear of God. After all, I know the wages of sin is death, and if I think sin is not taken care of, I’m worried about death (my death). I am worried about what God is going to do to me.
So, this legalistic teaching keeps a person in fear. Satan’s plan is fear for your life and is to prevent you from growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
There are some people that listen to this message of forgiveness and think, ho hum, and yawn as though it doesn’t mean anything to them. Yet if this message of forgiveness and Life doesn’t excite you then there is something wrong with you. If you think, oh I have heard this before and it is no big deal, that is not going to hack it. We are bombarded all week long, and if we don’t replenish ourselves with truth, we will get wiped out.
If you want to grow, you’ve got to learn the depth of the word of God.
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
This teaching never gets old. This truth is life changing. There is no way to be bored of the Truth.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Jesus took the sins of the world from the eyes of God. Not from our eyes. We need to understand this from God’s position. The only judgment left for people is determined with what you did with Christ Jesus. Placing faith in Jesus is what counts.
Turn to the book of Colossians 2:16. Don’t let anyone judge you! Don’t let people judge you for Christmas celebrations or Sabbaths or what you eat or drink.
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
Rest in Jesus today. The law is only a shadow of things to come.
17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
Jesus did not atone for sin. He took them away. He finished the work. He sat down.
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Jesus redeemed us and saved us from ourselves. Jesus is the faithful one.
1 Thessalonians 5:24
24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Love one another as He has loved us.
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