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Jesus satisfies

Compared to being in Christ, the world will always be less filling. Those who imbibe will never find satisfaction in the flesh.

In Christ, however, we find the fulfillment that resonates throughout our entire existence.

Questions arise and we seek worldly answers only to find them hopelessly confused and misleading. In Christ, the Word, the fog clears and our paths become bright and inviting.

We breathe deep in the wealth of beauty around us and confidently continue on our way.

In John 6, we find Jesus embroiled in a discussion with the Jews. He feeds the multitudes and they continue to follow him for more bread. He tries to turn their minds toward the spiritual but they cannot overcome their physical limitations.

Jesus brings up the manna, given to God’s people (Exodus 16:13-21,26-27Exodus 16:13-21,26-27
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HTTP/1.0 200 OK Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:22:19 GMT Server: LiteSpeed Connection: close Content-Type: text/html 13 It happened at evening that quail came up and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay around the camp. 14 When the dew that lay had gone, behold, on the surface of the wilderness was a small round thing, small as the hoar-frost on the ground. 15 When the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, “What is it?” For they didn’t know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread which Yahweh has given you to eat.” 16 This is the thing which Yahweh has commanded: “Gather of it everyone according to his eating; an omer a head, according to the number of your persons, shall you take it, every man for those who are in his tent.” 17 The children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. 18 When they measured it with an omer, he who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack. They gathered every man according to his eating. 19 Moses said to them, “Let no one leave of it until the morning.” 20 Notwithstanding they didn’t listen to Moses, but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and became foul: and Moses was angry with them. 21 They gathered it morning by morning, everyone according to his eating. When the sun grew hot, it melted. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day is the Sabbath. In it there shall be none.” 27 It happened on the seventh day, that some of the people went out to gather, and they found none.

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7 The manna was like coriander seed, and the appearance of it as the appearance of bdellium. 8 The people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in mortars, and boiled it in pots, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. 9 When the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.

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). Yet, Israel rejected this gift in ages past and failed to understand the larger spiritual blessings. They were still wrapped up in themselves and their physical desires.

“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:35John 6:35
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35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

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If they would think spiritually, they would see the enormous opportunities before them and how it would transform their world (Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2
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12 1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

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). They saw only the Manna and not that it was a type of what was to come.

Manna was a spiritual blessing with a physical manifestation. Yet, they only saw the latter. In Jesus’ day, nothing had changed.

The manna paved the way for the true bread of heaven, which stood before them as God in the flesh (John 1:1-5,14John 1:1-5,14
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The Gospel According to John 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome The word translated “overcome” can also be translated “comprehended.” It refers to getting a grip on an enemy to defeat him. it. 14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

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If they would come to Jesus, they would find the absolute satisfaction that they sought (John 6:37,44-45,65John 6:37,44-45,65
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HTTP/1.0 200 OK Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:23:57 GMT Server: LiteSpeed Connection: close Content-Type: text/html 37 All those who the Father gives me will come to me. Him who comes to me I will in no way throw out. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who hears from the Father, and has learned, comes to me. 65 He said, “For this cause have I said to you that no one can come to me, unless it is given to him by my Father.”

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). Jesus calls us away from the “old life with its beggarly famine and its total inability to satisfy.”/1

Jesus says that in him, we will never, never hunger or thirst spiritually. He will completely satisfy us, for all-time. Nothing within the fleshly world can compare (John 4:13-14John 4:13-14
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13 Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

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Once we find the source of fulfillment (John 14:6John 14:6
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6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.

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25 Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they? 27 “Which of you, by being anxious, can add one cubit to the measure of his life? 28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don’t toil, neither do they spin, 29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won’t he much more clothe you, you of little faith? 31 “Therefore don’t be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘With what will we be clothed?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore don’t be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day’s own evil is sufficient.

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In him, we have all blessings (Ephesians 1:3Ephesians 1:3
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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ;

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). Our core emptiness is gone because we have given our lives to him (Revelation 3:20Revelation 3:20
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20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.

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Come to the Lord to be filled today!

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1/ Leon Morris, “The Gospel According to John” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971), 367.

Water and Blood in the Plan of Salvation (3)

by Richard Mansel

When Aaron and his sons were being prepared for the priesthood they had to be purified in water (Exodus 40:12-16Exodus 40:12-16
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12 You shall bring Aaron and his sons to the door of the tent of meeting, and shall wash them with water. 13 You shall put on Aaron the holy garments; and you shall anoint him, and sanctify him, that he may minister to me in the priest’s office. 14 You shall bring his sons, and put coats on them. 15 You shall anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office. Their anointing shall be to them for an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations. 16 Thus did Moses: according to all that Yahweh commanded him, so he did.

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). When God prepared to appear before Israel at Mt. Sinai, the people had to be cleansed in water before they could be in his presence (Exodus 19:10-13Exodus 19:10-13
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10 Yahweh said to Moses, “Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments, 11 and be ready against the third day; for on the third day Yahweh will come down in the sight of all the people on Mount Sinai. 12 You shall set bounds to the people round about, saying, ‘Be careful that you don’t go up onto the mountain, or touch its border. Whoever touches the mountain shall be surely put to death. 13 No hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned or shot through; whether it is animal or man, he shall not live.’ When the trumpet sounds long, they shall come up to the mountain.”

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). Likewise, in John 3:3-5John 3:3-5
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3 Jesus answered him, “Most assuredly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, The word translated “anew” here and in also means “again” and “from above”. he can’t see the Kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!

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, Jesus tells Nicodemus that the new birth requires water, as does physical birth. Water is a cleansing agent throughout Scripture.

Water is used in Scripture for cleansing and purifying everything from the mundane to the miraculous. The world was “purified” when the flood eliminated all those who had been rebellious against God (Genesis 6-9). The Israelites were liberated from the Egyptian army by the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14). In several chapters of Leviticus we find numerous examples of people and objects that were told to be cleansed and purified in water.

God tells Ezekiel that he would cleanse them with water. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols” (Ezekiel 36:25Ezekiel 36:25
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25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

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). This cleansing would lead to a new heart and spirit (Ezekiel 36:26Ezekiel 36:26
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26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

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). Naaman, the leper, was told to dip seven times in the Jordan River. He complained about the wisdom of this command but was finally convinced to do so. When he complied, his leprosy was cleansed (2 Kings 5:1-142 Kings 5:1-14
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5 1 Now Naaman, captain of the army of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him Yahweh had given victory to Syria: he was also a mighty man of valor, but he was a leper. 2 The Syrians had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maiden; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! then would he recover him of his leprosy. 4 One went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maiden who is of the land of Israel. 5 The king of Syria said, Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel. He departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come to you, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may recover him of his leprosy. 7 It happened, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he tore his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man does send to me to recover a man of his leprosy? but consider, I pray you, and see how he seeks a quarrel against me. 8 It was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Why have you torn your clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean. 11 But Naaman was angry, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and wave his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12 Aren’t Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 His servants came near, and spoke to him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid you do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? how much rather then, when he says to you, Wash, and be clean? 14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh came again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

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Salvation comes by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8,9Ephesians 2:8,9
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8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast.

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). Sins are washed away in the blood of Christ (Romans 5:6-10Romans 5:6-10
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6 For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die. 8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life.

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). Water, we will find, is when the blood of Christ cleanses us from our sins.

We all have sinned and we have no human antidote for sin (Romans 3:23Romans 3:23
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23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;

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24 What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?

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23 Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

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). Man does not possess the knowledge or ability to wash away his own sins. Only the blood of Christ can do so.

Acts 22:16Acts 22:16
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16 Now why do you wait? Arise, be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

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says, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Thayer, the Greek scholar, writes, “those who have gone down into the baptismal bath are said to have washed themselves, or to have washed away their sins, i.e. to have been cleansed from their sins.”/1 Bauer concludes it means, “to wash away one’s sins.”/2

In Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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, we read, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This perfectly follows Jesus’ teaching in John 3:3-5John 3:3-5
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3 Jesus answered him, “Most assuredly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, The word translated “anew” here and in also means “again” and “from above”. he can’t see the Kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!

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that the spiritual new birth involves water and the spirit.

The blood of Christ cleanses us from our sins, as has been noted. Water washes away our sins (1 Peter 3:211 Peter 3:21
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21 This is a symbol of baptism, which now saves you-- not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

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16 Every writing inspired by God literally, God-breathed is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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). If blood and water both are involved in removing our sins, then they must coincide. Water and the blood of Christ, therefore, meet when we are immersed into Christ for the remission of our sins. If we will have our sins washed away, we must come to Christ and submit to baptism in order to be cleansed from our sins. It is our only hope.
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1/ Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 65.
2/ Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich and Danker, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Christian Literature, p. 96.

 

Blood and Water in the Plan of Salvation (1)

by Richard Mansel

When Jesus was on the cross, the Sabbath Day was approaching and the Roman soldiers were unable to leave prisoners on the cross. Therefore, they came to break the legs of the criminals so their deaths would be expedited. When they came to Jesus, he was already dead. “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out” (John 19:34John 19:34
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34 However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

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Blood and water have an interesting relationship in Scripture. This study can yield a deeper appreciation of the inspiration of Scripture and of salvation. They can also enrich our understanding of how the blood of Christ and the new birth occur (John 3:3-5John 3:3-5
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3 Jesus answered him, “Most assuredly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, The word translated “anew” here and in also means “again” and “from above”. he can’t see the Kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!

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). God’s Word is an endless well of knowledge sufficient for a lifetime of study.

Moses said, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11Leviticus 17:11
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11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes atonement by reason of the life.

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). Atonement means making amends for a wrong committed. Blood was part of God’s plan for dealing with the sins of men. And God’s plan is consistent in both covenants.

In Exodus 24, sacrifices were offered before the Lord. Moses read the Book of the Covenant to the people and they committed to be faithful to God. And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you according to all these words” (Exodus 24:8Exodus 24:8
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8 Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, “Look, this is the blood of the covenant, which Yahweh has made with you concerning all these words.”

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). Through the blood, God made a covenant with the people of physical Israel to be their God and remain faithful to them, if they would do the same.

In the first covenant, the Law of Moses, the blood of bulls and goats was offered for sins but now in the second covenant, God has a better way (Hebrews 8:6Hebrews 8:6
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6 But now he has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much as he is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

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). Jesus’ blood was offered for the sins of men (Hebrews 9:12-14Hebrews 9:12-14
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12 nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh: 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

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). Jesus, who was without sin, (2 Corinthians 5:212 Corinthians 5:21
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21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

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21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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Christ’s blood, though, only had to be offered once. “But this Man, after He has offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12Hebrews 10:12
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12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

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11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision,” ; 12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, 15 having abolished in the flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man of the two, making peace; 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility thereby. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

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The first covenant was made before the Lord that they would be faithful to God for the remainder of their days. Likewise, the second covenant expects the same level of faithfulness (Revelation 2:10Revelation 2:10
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10 Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.

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When the physical nation of Israel abandoned God by committing spiritual adultery (Ezekiel 16:23-30Ezekiel 16:23-30
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23 It is happen after all your wickedness, , 24 that you have built to you a vaulted place, and have made you a lofty place in every street. 25 You have built your lofty place at the head of every way, and have made your beauty an abomination, and have opened your feet to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your prostitution. 26 You have also committed sexual immorality with the Egyptians, your neighbors, great of flesh; and have multiplied your prostitution, to provoke me to anger. 27 See therefore, I have stretched out my hand over you, and have diminished your ordinary food, and delivered you to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd way. 28 You have played the prostitute also with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; yes, you have played the prostitute with them, and yet you weren’t satisfied. 29 You have moreover multiplied your prostitution to the land of merchants, to Chaldea; and yet you weren’t satisfied with this. 30 How weak is your heart, says the Lord Yahweh, seeing you do all these things, the work of an impudent prostitute;

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), their unfaithfulness led them to captivity and death. When the spiritual nation of Israel commits spiritual adultery by being unfaithful to God, they will also find death and enslavement to Satan (Hebrews 6:4-6Hebrews 6:4-6
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4 For concerning those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame.

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26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and a fierceness of fire which will devour the adversaries. 28 A man who disregards Moses’ law dies without compassion on the word of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will he be judged worthy of, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant with which he was sanctified an unholy thing, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

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). Either way, the shed blood was counted as useless by the people of God.

Imagine Jesus shedding his blood and dying for us. We are there looking at his face marred by terrible violence. In his bloody pain, he struggles against the tearing flesh for the smallest breath. As he slowly suffocates, we look in his eyes, deep into his soul, and say, “Sorry, it wasn’t good enough.” Would we count his sacrifice as a complete waste of time? Can we imagine? Christ can (Matthew 7:13Matthew 7:13
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13 “Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.

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