Message for February 20, 2011

Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.  And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”  Heb. 9:21,22

There is a wide scope of ideas about holiness and purity and what brings them about.  Why am I pure?  Why am I not pure?  Am I holy because of what I do?  Am I unholy because of what I do?  This question has loomed as a problem for generations. On the surface it seems simple.  If I live right I am holy, but if I live wrong I am not.
Question?  What purified the tabernacle, its contents, and the people? Was it by keeping the law or was it the sprinkling of the blood?  What covered the sins of the people?  Was it keeping of the law or the sprinkling of the blood?  Scripture is plain that it was the blood that cleansed and sanctified.  It was the blood that purified what the law could not.  Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.  The shedding of blood was repeated over and over under the Old Covenant every year.
Under the New Covenant it was shed only once, forever and it was not the blood of animals.  Sin was put away “forever” by the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross.  Therefore, we are not holy and pure because we live right.  It is because of the blood by which we have been sprinkled.
Stop trying to be holy and start living like you are already holy.  Remember, it is all in the blood.  What else can you do?

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