In the previous post (Who is Jesus?) I showed some of the pointers in the NT showing what the Christ Jesus would do when He comes. He then came. He did what they said He would do.
What was it He did?
And in accordance with this will [of God], we have been made holy (consecrated and sanctified) through the offering made once for all of the body of Jesus Christ (the Anointed One).
Furthermore, every [human] priest stands [at his altar of service] ministering daily, offering the same sacrifices over and over again, which never are able to strip [from every side of us] the sins [that envelop us] and take them away–
whereas this One [Christ], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins [that shall avail] for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, then to wait until His enemies should be made a stool beneath His feet.
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy. – Heb 10:10-14
Ok wait. I’m a bit like a scientist in my Christianity. So let’s be thorough in this. Is this outcome the same promise as what the OT said He would do? The promise in Genesis was that the Christ would overcome sin and death and unwrap believers IN A SINGLE DAY – and in this way make us right with God and holy. So I’d say that YES the OT promise of what He WILL DO is reflected in this NT promise of what He DID DO.
In the OT the priest cleansed the people once or twice a day. Jesus cleansed the people more perfectly in one day. This single day is described very clearly in the story of Joshua the High Priest Zech 3:1-7.
The idea of a sacrifice to pay for sins began in Genesis, it kept a common theme throughout the OT (as described here Who is Jesus?) and in the NT it is explained that Jesus gave one final sacrifice for all time.
The effect that the daily sacrifice had in the OT was to cleanse the people. The same effect – plus a whole lot more, because this was a perfect sacrifice – comes through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for all of our sins. Just as the Levitical sacrifice covered leadership sins, unintentional sins, indirect sins and all kinds of other sins… the sacrifice of Jesus Christ covers even more than that.
In fact His sacrifice covers even more than just you and me. His sacrifice is so comprehensive that when He returns He won’t deal with sin at all
Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all,
will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin,
but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him. – Heb 9:28
The solution to sin, in all forms, throughout all time is to believe in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Once that is done, your sins are taken care of. That is the message of the OT story of the serpent on the bronze pole (as described here Who is Jesus?) John 3:14-16 that all who gaze intently at Him is freed from death. Same with the passover lamb and the red thread (scarlet cord) stories.
All the stories point to the Christ setting us free from sin and death in a single day. The NT says that the same has happened on the cross of Jesus Christ. What many many priests did once or twice a day for hundreds of years, Jesus did on one day. Everything was transferred onto Him.
So how do you get it? Yes we always come back to this. The answer is always the same. You have to believe that Jesus did it. It’s that simple. It’s also that hard. It’s hard because we expect to have to repent and repent and lash our backs until we bleed.
Deliverance through the finished work of Jesus Christ
We expect to have to work through several books filled with repentance and bondage breaking rituals. That is a part of my story.
I went through COUNTLESS deliverance sessions – many of which made my life unbelievably worse! – and I worked through book after book of repentances. I went to a Sydney based (and very Godly and anointed) group for help. Week after week after week. I tried every single thing I could find in the bible. I listened to every sermon I could get my hands on.
I had tried to get free from the curses of freemasonry FIVE times and then one day at that ministry I met a woman who had tried NINE times to get free. In that moment I knew all this repentance was absolutely a waste of energy. I cried out to God in the shower the next morning and within a SINGLE day I had my answer and within 8 days I had most of my freedom.
You see… in the end the bible says that Jesus DID it and we are not able to add to what He did or take away from from what He did. It CANNOT be a result of what YOU are able to do. Take a look at this scripture.
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith.
And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] – Eph 2:8-9
In the same way that Abraham was declared righteous because of his faith, we will only be declared righteous (and set free) because of our faith.
So how do we get it?
We just believe it and resist the devil and he flees from us. I will never forget the evening that I asked people to pray for me and stand with me that this is true, exactly true. Stuff I had been fighting since I was a child left. It was defeated the moment I put on Jesus, the moment I made His death a sacrifice for my sins (as described in Is 53:10-11 or here).
Jesus had defeated ALL of it. You simply make His life a sacrifice for ALL of it, known AND unknown. Because I believed, I was free, it was powerless. The three of us resisted it and it had to go.
That is why I say, I am now a “witness” to the power of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice of Himself on the cross for all sins, known and unknown (as described in Leviticus or here).
What was the key to my freedom? Believing and resisting
I won’t pretend that simply believing is easy. *I* don’t find it easy. Jesus said rich people and philosophers will find it very hard to get into the Kingdom of God. I think it’s because rich people have few needs and aren’t desperate. Philosophers are always trying to understand and figure out why this works and how… so they can’t just be like a child and believe.
The bible says we see (that the key is to believe) but we don’t see (that the only key is the simplicity of believing). Our ears hear but don’t hear. The reason we don’t hear is hardness of heart, meaning, we are sure we must do SOMETHING, we can’t simply change our mind (be renewed in your mind) and then see the result. But in fact that is exactly the key.
I know it’s hard to imagine. But I guess that is why we are told to fight the good fight of faith, to force ourselves through the narrow Door, to strive to enter the rest.
The more like a child we are, the more we are able to accept this (“tetelestai!” – it is finished!) gift He has given us.