January 7, 2019 - Let us address the Law which God gave to Moses as he led the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness. God gave Moses over 600 laws, each of which had to be kept perfectly if one was to see the kingdom of God.
A set of laws made impossible for a human man to follow to perfection and the priest would have to make sacrifices for them before God.
By having an impossible task, the people would learn that, on their own, they could not succeed, but that they would have to have Devine help if they were to see the kingdom of God on the day of judgment.
God did this in order to prepare the Israelite people for the coming of his Son, Jesus Christ as he would come as a savior for all of his people.
On the day when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary when all had been accomplished that the Father had asked of him; “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” (Mark 15:37-38)
The significance of this being that by the death of Jesus there would no longer be a need for intervention for the people by a priest, for the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, would now be forever watching over his own.
The curtain was between the outer sanctuary and the inner place, the holy of holies where only the priest could go.
Now by Jesus’ sacrifice of his own life for the lives of all others, anyone could come freely into the throne room of God in prayer.
Once one has accepted Jesus Christ as his own sovereign Lord and Master he is then removed from the world and held by the Spirit.
“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, (which was sin), so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” (Romans 7:6)
Until one accepts Jesus as Lord he lives according to the flesh, which is in sin, born of Adam, and transferred to all who are born of man and woman. But those who do accept Jesus as Lord, they live according to the Spirit of God, their minds being set on the things of the Spirit.
For with acceptance of Jesus as Lord comes salvation and the free gift of the Spirit of God. For the path to salvation comes only through repentance; “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” (Acts 2:40)
For all who come to the Lord Jesus seeking his face and his fellowship, humbling themselves and making themselves living sacrifices to the Lord; a new day dawns, a new time begins, a new creature is born, released from the old and made anew.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17)
So accept him and obey his commands and become heirs of the Father God, heirs to the kingdom of heaven…