Saturday, February 14, 2015

Worthy Is The Lamb

Hebrews 2:
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

1Peter 1:
18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
20  He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
21  who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Christ's perfect obedience to the Law makes Him the Lamb without spot or blemish, not a “good example” to follow, not the one keeping the law for me. He alone is worthy to be the propitiation, to die for the Father’s flock. His death satisfies the righteous requirement of both the law and the Lawgiver (our death) on behalf of elect, yet unrighteous sinners, as He is the perfect “law-keeper”, which testifies of His sinless perfection, not ours. The righteousness imputed to the saints is His death satisfying the law, not His perfect keeping of that law.

10  And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…………….

14  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

It is the same regarding sanctification, His death alone sanctifies the “sanctified ones”, i.e. the elect saints.
It’s too late to keep a law that I have already violated. Too late to have it kept for me by Christ for the same reason. The command once violated demands only our death.

Romans 6:14  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Romans 6 says we are united with Him in His death and resurrection, not His sinless perfection. We have died to sin in Christ, as we have died to the law in Christ, and are now  alive to God in Christ.

 Galatians 2:
19  For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.
20  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
21  I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Romans 7:
4  Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.
5  For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
6  But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. 

It is no happenstance that the scriptures reach their glorious conclusion in the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah, the Lamb that was slain.

Rev 5:
6  And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7  And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.
8  And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9  And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10  and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."
11  Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,
12  saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"
13  And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"
14  And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" and the elders fell down and worshiped.

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