One Sacrifice Does it All
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The Bible tells us that one sacrifice paid for all our sins; no longer do we need to offer penance to God – what remains when we sin, is the consequence of our sin (and that can often be an ample punishment, right?)
Of course I am talking here about those who have accepted the gift of salvation (but more on that some other time.)
In Hebrews 10:10, it says “by which will we are sanctified (or cleansed) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
The “will” being talked about (above) is that Jesus would die for us, being sent from the Father for our sins. Because of God the Father’s love for us, He sent His only born son to die in our place – “once and for all”.
In John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
And why was it necessary for God to send His son to die for us? Because it says that “all sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” meaning that we all fail to meet God’s mark of perfection.
But wait, a remedy cometh: “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 3:23-24)
So God, in His love for us, justified us, or made us acceptable, by His grace. His grace was found in John 3:16, expressed in the word love in this verse.
How could the whole world sin? Any why would God create a humanity that sinned?
The answers are simple, yet complex. God didn’t create us to sin, but He made us with a free will, which means that we are tempted, and we usually do sin when we are tempted, thus disobeying God and suffering the consequences of our actions.
You might want to know more about the first sin and how it entered the human race. Somewhere I have written about that too, but you better read about it first in the Bible, in Genesis chapters 1-3.
The bottom line here is that Jesus paid for all our sins, and goal was to give us eternal life in heaven. But to receive this gift, sort of unwrapping a present given by a friend, we must accept the gift, and the giver. As in John 3:16, “. . . that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
After that, if we accept and commit to follow Him, then our need will be satisfied, our lack will be enough. It is finished. All that is left is to live a good Christian life: “doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God,” as it says in Micah 6:8. If we fail, if we are tempted and sin, we have to pay the cost of our sins through normal consequences, but no longer any fear of death.
But we know that we have been made right with God. And that, my friends, should do. What is left is to grow, to change, and to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2)
What to do next? Pray to God, read the Bible, join with other Christians. Ask questions, read books by Christian authors. I wish you a blessed journey.
Andrew Scribner - firstname.lastname@example.org
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