Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The sacrifice that saves

Romans 6, 8-18
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Paul by example is very severe.
Hebrews 6, 4-8
4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

The preceding passage is highly disciplinary and condames.
Sin is a shame, and by so, we are all shameful, because although we may claim to be slaves to righteousness we always remain sinners. But the fact remains that perseverance is what we must have to be successful.

Paul talks as if we could become angels on earth, it may be so in a sense of righteousness, but in today’s world there are many distractions that make us forget that angels may even exist. I can not agree with Paul, because I think that the blood of Christ is always pouring for those that need it. Asking for help is needing help. God answers those that cry to him. God is all merciful and we are all sinners in need of help, and everytime we fall down God will help us back up. Paul did come to Christ after persecuting christians, and may be an example of those extreme persons that must not finish  their life in the opposite of their better learning. Still we must regret our faults and act accordingly: Luke 23:27-31

Yes Hebrews 6, 4-8  is highly disciplinary and condames.
We may associate to it arrogant manipulators, egotistical  hypocrites and liars that fade away from love commandments. we may find certain people that would traffic miracles for personal profits with no other consideration. Others are cruel, pretentious, thinking only of their own edification, and those without repent compared to thorns and thistles. It is said that the labourer is worthy of his hire, but it is also said: You have received freely give freely. It is evident to me that this passage shows exasperation from the part of Paul. We must strive to be perfect in the just way, so that if we may fall it is not from too high. The last will be first.

Hebrews 9, 22-28
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
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.

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
John 12, 47 If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
1 Timothy 1,15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom I am the worst.
John 10,7 Therefore Jesus said again, "Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.

the father is omniscient and knows all outcome but everyone must take their own decisions and be responsible for their acts. knowing the word does not mean knowing texts to reproduce, but it is to act accordingly with Jesus desires which is simply to live by what love dictates. Lord, give me the force to do better and forgive my trespasses and may I be part of your infinite love.

Bless is the Lord the unique son of God made man, died and resurrected by the father for the salvation of all mankind.