Tag: precious blood

Once for all!

Scripture reading for October 24th:  Hebrews 9, Psalm 63, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 9:11-14 “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, He went through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”  

Jesus Christ offered His own blood as the perfect and only sacrifice on the altar in the actual Most Holy Place in God’s presence in heaven.  This perfect sacrifice is mediated by Jesus who Himself is our High Priest.  His sacrifice alone has the power to cleanse our conscience from dead works and enable us to serve the living God instead of dead idols.  This offering is already made and is effective for all time and all who will believe.

Faith Confession:  I trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the final and only sacrifice for my sins and the sins of the world.  I am forgiven by grace through faith alone and serve the living God whose steadfast love draws my praise!

Psalm 63:3-4 “Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.  So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your Name I will lift up my hands.”

 

 

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Obedience and Holy Fear

Scripture reading for November 7th:  Jeremiah 44-47, 1st Peter 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Peter 1:14-19 “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written,”Your shall be holy for I am holy.”  And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefather, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”  

Peter called the church to live righteous and holy lives, modeled after God and His Son Jesus Christ.  He pointed out that God would judge each man impartially, according to his deeds.  This should bring a holy fear and a trust in the redeeming blood of Christ as our only hope of standing before a holy God.

Jeremiah 44:10-11 “They have not humbled themselves even to this day, nor have they feared, nor walked in My law and My statutes that I set before you and before your fathers.  Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:  Behold, I will set My face against you for harm, to cut off all Judah.”

Prayer: Lord, I humbly accept the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood as my only covering for my sin.  I honor you with obedience and reverence. Amen.

 

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