Today, all people on the earth are living in a “Grace Bubble” – a certain period of time where mankind lives in a “grace period”.
Some can relate to a "grace period" using credit as an example. Your credit card issuer or your mortgage lender gives a "grace period"...a time to make things right with them - or pay a penalty.
A grace period of time,spiritually speaking, is a time in which God has given all of mankind the ability to NOT be judged under the Laws of Moses, and can instead, become as righteous as God Himself is righteous and holy. God has assigned this "grace period" but failure to satisfy the requirements of this "Credit issuer" shall also result in your having to pay a penalty.
God has ectended this "grace period" as a gift…but you have to meet His requirements within a certain period of time...or pay a penalty that carries eternal consequences.
Before the time when Jesus died on the cross, mankind lived in a “Law Bubble”.
The “Law Bubble” started back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned against God because they broke the ONLY LAW required of them. God instructed them to eat of every tree in the Garden of Eden…but one. To eat of that one tree of the knowledge of good and evil would cause Adam, Eve and all of mankind to be punished by death. The death spoken of by God Himself, meant that from that moment of willful disobedience, man would be condemned to an eternal death.
Yes, man, for the first time in history, would receive both a physical death penalty, and a spiritual death penalty. From then to now, there is NO WAY to avoid the physical death.
The only way to avoid the spiritual death penalty during the “LAW BUBBLE”, was that a blood sacrifice would have to be used to cover over or “atone” for man’s sins. Atonement, means to “appease”. In the spiritual realm, “atonement” means to appease God for your sins”…to be cleansed from all your sins before God.”
God sacrificed an animal for Adam and Eve’s sins…to “cover them over” to “appease His Law that called for a blood sacrifice to be given for sin.
Later, under the Laws of Moses (still God’s Laws) called the Ten Commandments, a Jewish priest would go into the first of two tabernacles found in the Holy Temple at Jerusalem. These priests would go in, perhaps daily, and offer sacrifices for the sins of Israel (and for themselves), and they would praise and worship Jehovah God.
Once a year, however, only the HIGH PRIEST would be allowed into the second tabernacle called the “Holy of Holies”, where God Himself would hear their prayers for the nation of Israel, and a blood sacrifice was mandated. Hebrews 9:7 – “But into the second (tabernacle) went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people.”
You will note that this high priest offered sacrifice to atone for the sins of Israel AND HIMSELF, because all mankind is guilty of committing sin before God.
Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement” in the Jewish religion, and is still celebrated today.
God tells us that “The wages of sin is eternal death” – which means a separation from God forever, and the spirits of sinners are cast into a place of fire and torment. This place is called hell. Romans 6:23 –“For the wages of sin is (eternal) death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” All of our spirits will live for eternity in one of two places when we die. We get to choose the place where we wish to spend eternity.
Originally hell was made only for Satan and his demons who God cast out of heaven for their sin of rebellion against Him. Matthew 25:41 –“Then shall God say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
On God’s left side, at what is called “The Great White Throne of Judgment” are the spirits who will be cast into hell. Those on the right side will stay in heaven. It might be interesting to note that the Bible tells us that Jesus, God’s Son…and part of what is called the “Trinity” is seated on the right side of God. Those that belong to Him, are also on the right-hand side of God at the time when mankind is judged.
Jesus gave us indication that people will be divided into two groups: One group, called goats…representing Satan’s “flock” if you will, and the other sheep – representing those that followed Christ. Matthew 25:32 –“And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.”
All of the people who lived between the time of Adam and the crucifixion of Christ lived in the “LAW BUBBLE”.
Jesus taught this: “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
Yet, not even scribes or Pharisees were holy enough to match the righteousness…the perfection…the sinless righteousness of God Himself.
We are told of this fact twice in the Bible…once in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah 64:6 –“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Romans 3:10 says it clearly: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Mankind would have to be as righteous as God Himself to enter into heaven. It might surprise you to know that God asks us to be as holy as He is holy. Did you know that?
New Testament – 1 Peter 1:16-17 – “But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation; 16-Because IT IS WRITTEN, Be ye Holy; for I am Holy.”
“IT IS WRITTEN” means it was also in the Old Testament, and we find it in Leviticus 11:44 – “For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be Holy; for I am Holy.”
If there are NONE on the earth who are righteous (without sin), but for Jesus Himself, how then do we sinners take on the righteousness of God?
When Christ died on the cross, He took upon Himself all of the sins of all of mankind. He then exchanged our sins for His righteousness, so we could enter directly into God’s throne room in prayers, and God would see us as righteous as He sees His Son.
Hebrews 10:16-19 -"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17-And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18-Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19-Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus."
Upon His crucifixion, death and resurrection, Jesus became our High Priest, and entered into the Holy of Holies ONCE.
Hebrews 9:24-25 -"For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the symbols of the true tabernacle of God; 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."
Jesus offered Himself on the cross ONCE to pay for all the sins of mankind. ONCE, not daily atonements...or once a year, but ONE TIME.
Hebrews 9:28 - "So Christ was sacrificed ONCE to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."
Matthew 5:19 - “For as by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous.” The “MANY” here means not all will become righteous.
Who will those be who are counted as righteous? Who then will not be counted as righteous, but will be condemned under the Laws of Moses?
Those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior shall be righteous…as He is righteous. “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” – Romans 8:10.
This means our sinful bodies shall surely die the physical death (unless we are raptured), but our spirits are given eternal life…because of the righteousness of Jesus that He exchanged for our sins that day on the cross.
Jesus still calls upon those who choose to live under the Laws of Moses because they will be judged by those Laws and those Laws shall condemn them to eternal torment in hell – “where fie fire is not quenched.”
When we do not CHOOESE TO accept what Jesus did for us on the cross, we CHOOSE to be judged and condemned under the Law. The Law condemns us already for "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23.
Matthew 9:13 Jeus said, “… for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Those who have said a prayer like this, shall be saved…shall be righteous, and shall inherit eternal life in heaven:
“Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve punishment for those sins, and I know that God will send sinners to hell unless they repent of those sins. I am sorry for my sins, and ask that you will forgive me for committing them. Lord, I know that you died upon the cross for my sins. I know that you are God’s Son, and I know that you died, and rose again, and are now seated at the right hand of God, the Father. I ask that you will come into my heart and save my soul from hell. I believe, and I receive your free gift of salvation and of heaven.”
If that is your prayer today, then Jesus has promised to give you several gifts: One is eternal life. Another is He will seal you with His Holy Spirit until the day of redemption…and that is a time when He plans to come back to the earth, and call these righteous “saints” home to be with Him in heaven. Those days are fast approaching. Please read my articles on 2012.
If you have prayed that prayer, you are eternally saved. You cannot lose your salvation. See my article on Can I lose my salvation.
If you have prayed that prayer…I would ask that you seek out a Bible believing church in your home town. Go there. Speak with the pastor, and see if they can get you into a “beginner’s class” where you can learn the basics of the Bible…called the “milk of the Word”. This is for “new or baby Christians”.
Later, you will mature into your walk with Jesus, and you will learn from God’s Word, with direction from His Holy Spirit who dwells within you, how to get into the “meat” of God’s Word…and you will understand His Word more.
God’s Holy Spirit obviously is part of the Triune God, so He knows and understands the Words that He caused to be written in the Bible. He will, therefore, teach you if you are willing to learn.
Then, your job is to tell others about Jesus. That is the reason we ask for the POWER of God’s Holy Spirit – to be witnesses of Him.
John Tyler, Author
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