The Significance of the Blood of Jesus

When Adam and Eve sinned, and fell from the presence of God, they tried to cover up their guilt and shame with fig leaves:

Old Testament

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
Genesis 3:6-9

The sin nature was only realized when Adam ate of the fruit. Since our God is one of order, you can see that it was also necessary to note that it wasn’t in eve eating the fruit that caused them to be aware of their nakedness, but when “Adam” ate of it, then they became aware. This is because God created man from the dust – blowing His breath into man, but God created Eve from Adam. She was a part of him. So when he fell, they both fell.

(This order is important and will help to explain why it was of utmost necessity that the Savior had to be born of a virgin)

 

As you can see, Adam tried to cover up his guilt and shame with fig leaves. His knowledge of sin caused him to hide from God who knows all truth, but before whom, Adam never felt that sense of shame and need for hiding himself.

God then calls His lost son back graciously with the simple words “Where are you?”

God gives Adam an opportunity to repent at this point, but like all mankind, Adam looked for someone to blame. In blaming Eve, Adam was really blaming God since God had made and given him Eve as a helpmeet.

Because of the tree of eternal life was also in the Garden of Eden, God knew that if Adam and Eve had now eaten of it in this fallen state, they would be doomed to remain this way for all eternity.

As a result, God tells them that not only are they to be put out of the garden (which was actually an act of love until He fulfilled His plan of redemption,) but He gives a hidden prophecy in His words to show how salvation would one day come for all people. He says to the serpent:

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
 And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15

In the last two verses, you see that the woman’s offspring and the serpent’s offspring will be at enmity, and though the serpent’s offspring will strike the heel of her offspring (cause all mankind to sin and stumble in some way or the other), her offspring would crush his head.( A fatal blow once and for all!) God also speaks singularly of “One” particular offspring of the woman Who would crush the serpent’s head in saying that “He” would do this.

 

Further, God then goes on to describe how salvation would come with a hidden prophetic symbol of salvation in how he temporarily covered up his fallen children Adam and Eve before sending them out of the garden:

The Lord God made garments of skin and clothed them.
Genesis 3:21

“Garments of skin” refers to animal skins. God shows that He threw off the mere fig leaves that Adam used to cover up (our own efforts – ambitions, wealth, status, popularity, false religion), as it was no covering at all, and He then killed and shed the blood of an animal in order to get it’s “skin” to cover the man’s shame and guilt for sin.

We continue to see this in the story of Abel and Cain:
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell
Genesis 4:1-5

Why did God not respect Cain’s offering? It was because God had already shown that He requires blood offering by sacrificing an animal’s life to cover Adam and Eve. Abel was able to give such an offering having brought the “firstborn of his flock”, but once again, Cain brought “fruit of the ground” (another example of fig leaves – but instead fruit this time) and we see that God did not accept it, but accepted the animal sacrifice of Abel

This teaches us that the only offering that God accepts is blood offering, but why?

It’s because God is Holy and set apart from all that is unholy. God is also life. Sin causes death, and the only way that a man can atone for the death we deserve, is if someone dies in our place instead.

These are just a few of the hund

red of examples throughout scripture that show this point

“every day you are to provide a year old lamb without defect for a burnt offering to the Lord; morning by morning you shall provide it
Ezekiel 46:13

The animal you choose must be year old males without defect
Exodus 12:5

etc,

Alas, at the appointed time, God shows us that the blood of mere animals could never completely atone for sins. Nor does He desire for continual blood offerings. These things were only symbolic of what was to come.

“What makes you think I want all of your sacrifices?” says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs, or goats
Isaiah 1:11

This is when we see that our God is a God of love beyond compare! Out of His great love, He got up from His throne, and came to the earth as the man Jesus Christ who lived a perfect sinless life (a lamb without spot or blemish) and He willingly died in our place once and for all for all the sins we have ever committed, past, present, and future!!!!

He was born of a virgin because the testimony of history shown in the old testament shows that all mankind, both Israel, and all surrounding nations had this sin nature. That sin nature was passed through out all mankind by the seed of man. So every child that enters this world, comes into it having been a product of original sin by Adam and Eve. Since Jesus was the only man born of a virgin in human history, born of the very Spirit of God, He was sort of like a second Adam (before the temptation of the serpent and the fall) who was holy and blameless once again, and able to be a spotless lamb that would serve as a sacrifice for our sin. (1 Corinthians 15 in the New Testament explains this in more depth)

And God the Father proved that Jesus was who He claimed to be (The Son of God), because three days after He was buried, God raised Him from the grave! If death is only a result of sin, and Jesus had no sin in Him, then surely He could not die! He then showed himself alive to over 500 people including His 12 disciples (minus Judas.) This was written in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament to further explain:

 

For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”

8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”[b] He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.


Christ’s Death Perfects the Sanctified

11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

Hold Fast Your Confession

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful
Hebrews 10:1-21

 

God has opened a way by sending his very own Son to be our atonement for sin – once and for all – forever! He also knew that He was gonna do this thousands of years before He ever came! He did this out of His great love to break the barrier which is sin which separates us (sinful mankind) from Him (Holy and pure), and we are now seen as blameless in His sight thanks to the blood covering of Jesus Christ sacrifice on the cross!

This is why Jesus said:

I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me
John 14:6

If our sinful state was so bad that the only way we could be redeemed was for God himself to come and bear the burden for that which we committed, then it is all important that we receive this gracious gift with our whole heart as the only way for salvation

It is also written: (My commentary in brackets)

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. (this is about Jesus having come from the Father in heaven)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (this aludes to Jesus death on a cross and is taken from a prophecy in Exodus about how the people who were bit by snakes were to be healed – you can read that story here if you’d like: Numbers 21:4-9)
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (we are justified in God’s sight simply be faith in His Son)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:13-28
Jesus loves you and died for all your sins of the past, present and future. To take away every sin that keeps you from spending eternity in His Holy presence. All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you will be saved. The Word of God says:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that  God raised him from the dead, you will be saved
Romans 10:9

If you need more information, I’d love to meet with you sometime and go book by book though every one of the Old Testament Scriptures, (the Torah, the Psalms, and the Prophets) to show you why Jesus is not only the fulfillment but the only way to salvation

The New Testament further shows the revelation of these things as it explains how Jesus fulfilled over a hundred different prophecies about the “Messiah” who was to come, something that was written about upto thousands of years before He was ever born unto the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit of God

 

Carefully consider these things.

 
God bless you richly,

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Understanding Strongholds – Shame/Fear/Control

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked?
Genesis 3:7-11

 

Shame/Fear/Control

Understanding Strongholds

 

 

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

 

 

 

The Pearl Of Great Value – God’s Not Dead!

I found a licensed online version for sharing of the movie:

“God’s Not Dead”

http://onlinemovies.pro/gods-not-dead-2014/

 

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of a fine pearl, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it
Matthew 13:44-46

 

In a peasant community the best safe was often the earth. The man in the parable “went in his joy” to sell everything. Why? Because he found a treasure worth possessing above all else he had. He did not, however, have enough to buy the treasure. Fortunately, he only needed enough to buy the field. In a similar fashion, God offers his kingdom as incomparable treasure at a price we can afford! We can’t pay the full price for the life which God gives us; but when we exchange our life for the life which God offers, we receive a treasure beyond compare.

The pearl of great price also tells us a similar lesson. Pearls in the ancient world came to represent the supremely valuable. Jesus remarked that one should not cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). Why would a merchant sell everything for a peerless pearl? No doubt because he was attracted to what he thought was the greatest treasure he could possess. Discovering God’s kingdom is like stumbling across hidden treasure or finding the one pearl of great price.  When we discover the kingdom of God we receive the greatest possible treasure — the Lord himself. Selling all that we have to obtain this incomparable treasure could mean many things — our friends, job, our “style of life”, what we do with our free time.

Treasure has a special connection to the heart, the place of desire and longing, the place of will and focus. The thing we most set our heart on is our highest treasure. In this parable what does the treasure of the kingdom refer to? It certainly refers to the kingdom of God in all its aspects. But in a special way, the Lord Jesus himself is the treasure we seek for. If the Almighty is your gold and your precious silver, then you will delight yourself in the Almighty (Job 22:22-23).

Is the Lord Jesus the treasure and delight of your heart?

Prayer:
“Lord Jesus, reveal to me the true riches of your kingdom. Help me to set my heart on you alone as the treasure beyond compare with any other. Free my heart of any inordinate desires or attachment to other things that I may freely give to you all that I have in joy and gratitude for all that you have given to me. May I always find joy and delight in your presence.”

 

 

Trust Jesus!

 

 

 

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The Truth About Open Heart Surgery

God wants our hearts, and nothing short of it.

It is both human nature due to original sin, plus we are born into – a world of hurts, bitterness, worries, anxiousness, anger, resentments, regrets, & unforgiving heart issues which is sin in us.

But in Christ we have hope!

This is a simplified description of the steps involved in a physical open heart surgery procedure, the lessons of which I pray would give you deeper spiritual insight into the operation that is taking place in your life during spiritual surrender to the Lord

Carefully consider these steps

I will give you a new heart and put in you a new spirit; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh
Ezekiel 36:26

Open Heart Surgery 

Step 1

Enter directly to the heart
Open your thorax and access the heart
This involves sawing through your sternum
Cracking open your rib cage
Opening up your chest cavity
It takes a tremendous amount of courage and trust to allow someone access to your heart 

Step 2

Begin extra-corporeal circulation
This means they must start pumping blood and oxygen into the other parts of your body via a machine to sustain it during the operation
They essentially have to put you on life support to keep you alive while you undergo this procedure 

Step 3

They must stop the heart
In this moment, a death has to occur
In order to work on the heart, they can’t have it operating as usual. It must be stopped in order for the surgery to be performed 

Step 4

Surgery
Whether a double bypass or quadruple bypass, the heart is now ready for changes to take place
They fix the problems at this point 

Step 5

They replace the heart and stop the extra-corporeal circulation
The heart begins to function as it should, supporting the rest of the body 

Step 6

Post-Operation Intensive Care
They move you out of the operation room into intensive care to surround you with the right people to support your recovery 

Step 7

You’ve got to stay at the hospital for a while and allow a new circle of people to care for you who are attentive to your heart 

Step 8

They send you home for rest and re-education
Changes to lifestyle should be made to support the new heart
Break in old habits, diet, etc that allow the support of a healthy new heart should be implemented

  

Post Operation Report

A change of heart is not an easy thing, and the Lord Jesus does not ever indicate that He has invited us to an easy procedure. He is truthful about all that we will undergo, but He does promise that just as he underwent His sufferings and overcame, we too shall undergo and overcome all adversities in the shaping of our new life in Him

He promises to be with us always, in every awesome high or stormy low lending comfort to our souls and peace which surpasses human understanding. Peace that others will not be able to understand. Hope of a victory in something that produces an eternal benefit – Reconciled relationship with God

He promises that nothing can separate us from His love. Even if we were to die on the operating table, He gives us a full assurance that neither life nor death can separate us from His everlasting love for those in Him, Our choice to surrender to His procedure was the beginning step of faith that leaves death behind and allows us to enter into life with Him. It shows that we trust in His wisdom and love for us

Some may shrink back at the idea of open heart surgery

It really is a very difficult thing to fathom until you are face to face with that decision.

 

But, so is death apart from receiving the life of Christ, and the salvation that He came and suffered in the body to purchase for us, and then rose from the grave to give to us

 

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me.

He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with me on My throne, as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches
Revelations 3:19-22

 

 

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, not any powers, neither heights nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Romans 8:38-39

 

Tricia Brock – What I Know
http://vimeo.com/91430566

 

 

 

Strengthen Your Faith – Answering Tough Questions

Answering some of the toughest questions that we hear used in ‘attempts’ to refute the Bible, this documentary will answer those questions and strengthen your faith greatly. Check it out:

Startling Proofs

http://www.itbn.org/index/detail/lib/Programs/sublib/Specials/ec/g5cHY2ajor5YxRXzmCtZrzitIOSI0CpJ

 

Is the Bible infallible?

Have the scriptures changed over centuries?

Are the things written historically proveable?

Are there contradictions?

Are the miracles real in the Bible?

Is it possible to misinterpret the meaning or context of the scriptures?

Does the teachings predate things that only modern studies show to be true?

Is there evidence or proofs?

Does science prove the Bible, or the Bible prove science?

Does science prove God exists?

How old is our Earth?

Are the traditions medically accurate to what we only now know about health today?

+ much much more!

 

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
1 Peter 3:15

 

The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of our God endures forever
Isaiah 40:8

Not Late – But A Timely 2015 Blessing!

Every year brings a new opportunity for a fresh start, to allow for the Lord to trim away old branches which are drying up or bearing no fruit, and also to cultivate those which have proven fruitful allowing for even more growth and fruitfulness

As He continues to stretch us different ways, whether it be in our thinking, or in the motives of our hearts – and He pours into us new wine, I pray that we would receive His grace with humble and obedient hearts that are more and more willingly to submit to His Authority; trusting not in a righteousness of our own, but looking to the Author and Finisher of our faith to bring us a little closer to the completion of the good work He has begun in each of our lives

May we learn to be a little more thankful in the things we would commonly overlook – clothing, jobs, warm meals, shelter, family and friends.

May we learn to be a little more gracious to others – patiently enduring insults, hardships, and trials of all kinds.

May we grow to be more selflessly loving – giving our time and energy to the needs of others

May we steward the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon our lives with a greater resolve to honor Him with all our wealth and finances, looking to Him for ways to wisely lend our help to others in need

May we grow a little more honest with ourselves, and acknowledge the areas of our lives that we’ve been neglecting to surrender to Him

May we be more mindful of His presence – meditating on His Word and applying these truths; having a clear conscience in all we say and do

And may we learn to trust Him more – Trust that He is good; trust that He loves us; trust in His forgiveness by His merciful blood shed on the cross which cleanses us from all sin

 

 

Trust I think is the hardest yet the greatest of all these things that we really seek in the deepest depths of our hearts

For it greatly changes our perspective on everything in life when we truly trust in someone, no matter what a situation might look like, and know that they are not only in control but also working all things out for our good!

 

Jesus said:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light”
Matthew 11:28-30

 

May you find rest always for your souls in Jesus Christ!

 

 

BELIEF: Content / Strength / Centrality

In regards to all the information that we’ve been subjected to over the course of our individual lives, it’s been said that human beings cut and paste our unique personalities and individuality based on the things that we held in high esteem, either to be essential, important, valuable, or that we have been brought up in a tradition of believing to be true. That would mean that within ourselves, when we have received information or ‘content’ regarding something, we have weighed it’s strengths and benefit to our lives, and if we see that it may add value to our lives, or help us to avoid harm, we would logically begin to expose ourselves to, and try to eventually implement it into our lives. Therefore, it is our actions in connection with our beliefs that show the reality of our faith in it’s truth.

 

Example 1: Prunes

CONTENT
Prunes are:
– purple
– wrinkley
– healthy
– edible

STRENGTH
Prunes help regulate your digestive tract

CENTRALITY (Information + benefit = action)
I will eat prunes daily to keep regular

 

But I would beg to ask the question: If we are truly honest with ourselves, do we apply this principle to all things despite their associated benefits/warnings for taking or not taking heed?

 

Example 2: Word of God (Holy Bible)

CONTENT
– Powerful
– Truth
– Eternal
– Infallible

STRENGTH
One of the most read books in human history
Has the power to change lives
Has eternal value/significance
Provides life giving direction to avoid eternal destruction

CENTRALITY (Information + benefit = action)
I will read the Word of God daily and follow the Word of God

 

 

Questions:
What beliefs do you hold to be true?
And how do you put that belief into practice?
What would you say is the ‘truth’ about someone who claims to believe something but does not put it into practice?

 

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your

works, and I will show you my faith by my

works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
James 2:14-26