STUDY THE BIBLE 50 (STB-50)

“THE BLOOD”

 

Question: “What does God require from us so that we can enter heaven?”
Answer: “Perfect works, sinless and total obedience since the day we were born.”

 

When we understand the character and nature of God, we can see what his entry standards are for getting into heaven. This is the place where God lives, and as God is pure, holy and without sin, heaven is also pure, holy and without sin. Sin or sinners cannot enter.

When Lucifer sinned (his name means ‘the son of the morning’ with morning representing light - Lucifer was the son in the light), and became envious of who God was (Isaiah 14:12-15), God cast him out of God’s sinless kingdom of heaven, and onto the earth, and God changed his name to Satan, where he is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). When Adam sinned against God by disobeying God’s instruction of not eating from the tree in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17), Satan then became the ruler over Adam who was now a law-breaker, a sinner.

So God has every right to take our lives and send us all to hell as punishment. That is the nature of God and his laws – God demands perfect obedience. God’s laws are pure, holy and perfect, just like God (Rom 7:12). We just can’t keep them no matter how hard we try! Why? We are flesh, we are sinful, we are born sinners. As the saying goes “We take to sin like ducks go to water.” We are sons of Adam, but WE NEED A NEW FATHER! We must be adopted by the last Adam, Christ Jesus, as our father! (1Cor 14:45).

Now when a person like you and me sin, by not obeying what God wants, God has every right to kill us, and send us to the fires of hell to be tormented forever. But if that were the case, then no-one could get into heaven because all have sinned (Romans 3:23).

But how would that prove that God is a loving God? It would only prove that God was an impossibly strict, but just, judge with no mercy. But that is only part of who God is. God said to himself “Look, if I send them all to hell to be punished forever, how will they know what love is? How can I show them how much I love them? I know, I’ll let them kill something in their place as a substitute for their sin. When they sin, they can kill an animal and the blood of that animal will represent their life.”

As God says in the book of Leviticus For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Lev 17:14).

God let animal blood be the substitute for man’s blood. That’s why we read, when Adam sinned, God let Adam kill an animal in his place as forgiveness for his sin. Both parties were happy. Adam was forgiven and God’s law of demanding a life and blood for sin, was satisfied.

But this forgiveness only lasted till the next sin. So next day, they sacrificed more animals and so on, and that is what happened under the old testament of endless sacrifices. Eventually, the priests and the people didn’t appreciate and love, what God was doing for them, with substitute animal blood sacrifices. Instead of praying to God saying “Thank you Lord for paying for my sins with killing this animal in my place”, they just went through the motions without a love attitude in their hearts toward God. So God said “I’ll come down to earth as the man, Jesus Christ, and I’ll obey my laws perfectly, and then I’ll spill my blood (Acts 20:28) as the perfect substitute for their sins. I’ll do this once and for all time, so no more animal sacrifices will be needed. My blood will pay the penalty for all their future sins as well. Now I’ll do this for the whole world, so that anyone can get right with me. Anyone will be able to have atonement for their sins, not just the Jews. And hopefully, this will make the Jews jealous, and they will see who they have rejected.” (Romans 11:11; Hebrews 10:14, 26)

Furthermore, God’s purpose for going to the cross was to shed his own blood after having fulfilled his own laws.

Although God’s laws were broken by man, only God’s own blood could pay the penalty, that God himself demanded. Animal blood would just give man a short-lived breathing space from God’s wrath.

 

The following chart explains why the Jews, while still doing animal blood temple sacrifices for their on-going sins, had to believe in Christ as their promised Messiah, their King, who was fulfilling day by day, God’s impossibly strict ‘Sermon on the Mount’ laws, on their behalf. This would then guarantee them a place in Abraham’s bosom upon their death, to wait to be taken into heaven after the resurrection of Christ (Eph 4:8).

BEFORE JESUS CAME
TO EARTH

This was under the Old Testament of
Genesis to Malachi

WHILE JESUS WAS
ON EARTH

This was under the New Testament of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

AFTER JESUS WENT BACK
TO HEAVEN

This is under the New Testament of Paul
of Romans to Philemon

1.   Animal blood
(not perfect blood)
was needed to get right with God by paying the penalty
for their sin (atonement).

A lamb (an animal)
without blemish represented a sinless life that had sinless blood (Lev 22:19-24)

PLUS
2.
The continuous (all day & every day) & free will belief, that the lamb’s blood satisfied God

 
BOTH 1 & 2 WERE NEEDED

 But this only gave them a

TEMPORARY pause (salvation) from God’s wrath.

 
As they were outside of Christ (of course they didn’t know who he was) when they died, they went to Abraham’s bosom. This was not hell but it wasn’t heaven either – just a safe place, where they waited for someone (they didn’t know who) to take them finally into heaven.

God’s wrath would pass-over them if they would continue to believe in the lamb + its shed blood for their protection.

 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:13

 

 

1.   Animal blood
(not perfect blood)
was needed to get right with God
by paying the penalty
for their sin (atonement).

A lamb (an animal) without blemish
represented a sinless life
that had sinless
blood (Lev 22:19-24)

PLUS
2.
The continuous (all day & every day) & free will belief, that Christ WAS FULFILLING the impossibly strict “Sermon on the Mount” laws on their behalf

 BOTH 1 & 2 WERE NEEDED!

 But this still only gave them a

TEMPORARY pause (salvation) from God’s wrath.

As they were outside of Christ, when they died, they went to Abraham’s bosom. This was not hell but it wasn’t heaven either – just a safe place, where they waited for Christ to come and get them after his death on the cross, and his resurrection, and take them finally to heaven. If the Jew didn’t believe Christ was God in the flesh, they would go to hell.

 
But God’s wrath would pass-over them if they continued to believe IN THE LAMB (Jesus Christ) + the shed blood of an actual lamb.

 NOTE:

Christ gave them the impossible laws of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) … they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus … said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matt 19:25-26. This is why they crucified him, as Christ was saying “I will keep the laws on your behalf, as I AM GOD (John 8:58). The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:33

 

    1.   Christ’s sinless blood
(perfect blood)
is needed to get right with God
by paying the penalty
for our sin (atonement).

THE LAMB (God in the flesh - the man Christ Jesus) lived a sinless life & with sinless blood (Lev 22:19-24)

PLUS
2.
A once only & free will belief, that Christ HAS FULFILLED the impossibly strict “Sermon on the Mount” laws on our behalf

 
BOTH 1 & 2 ARE NEEDED!

This gives anyone

PERMANENT freedom from God’s wrath (saved!)

 As we are in Christ (1Cor 12:13), we go straight into heaven when we die. We don’t wait for Christ as we are in him forever! Never to be lost!

If anybody will not believe on Christ as their only Saviour, they will go to hell. No exceptions!

 
Christ, God in the flesh, is our Pass-over lamb (1Cor 5:7) & God’s wrath will pass-over us if we will believe ON THE LAMB & his shed blood (Acts 16:30)

NOTE:

1. While only Paul has the doctrine for Christians, the books of 1-3 John, 1-2 Peter, James & Jude will also guide Christians. 

2. As children in God’s family, Christians are still under God’s laws as Paul states … the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. (1 Cor 11:1; 14:37)

3. Except for “Keep the Sabbath” (Saturday 7th day), the Ten Commandments are restated in Colossians & Ephesians.

4. Christians are made free from the curse of the law not the law.

5. Christians worship on Sunday.
Christ rose on Sunday (1st day of the week) (Col 2:16; 1Cor 16:2)

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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