May 13, 2011

“12When Christ went through the tent and entered once and for all into the Most Holy Place, he did not take the blood of goats and bulls to offer as a sacrifice; rather, he took his own blood and obtained eternal salvation for us. … 14 Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ! Through the eternal Spirit he offered himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will purify our consciences from useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God.”
Hebrews 9:12,14

How often do we stop and think about what Christ’s sacrifice really means? Do we sometimes see the salvation as the “milk” of the faith – the first important thing we must understand, and then, we move on to “solids” such as understanding deep theology or speculating about the end of times? We must understand that the salvation is not the milk of the faith – it is the very center and the essence of everything we believe and it must be central to us at all times.

In this passage Paul speaks of an “eternal salvation” and later he says that Jesus gave himself “through the eternal spirit”. The salvation is eternal. Jesus did everything on the cross – he obtained an eternal salvation. But this is also many people’s stumble stone. “It can’t be that easy, there must be a catch”. But it is that easy. That’s what’s so amazing! It has all been done, and all we need to do is to accept that fact. We cannot add anything on our own. Jesus atoned all of our sins, past present and future. And when we comprehend this amazing truth, we will no longer want to sin. The atonement can never be used as a license to sin. Good works is a consequence of – not a precondition for – the salvation.

“He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us a pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good”. Titus 2:14

What is the goal of the salvation? Paul sums it up to be “so that we may serve the living God.” God saved us so that we may serve Him as our living God. Not through useless rituals, but in grace and truth. We were created to be with God, to serve Him and worship Him. And when the end of times will come – that will be the only thing that counts for anything.

“It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me”. Gal 12:20


One comment

  1. And that is exactly the good news of salvation through Christ alone! We have been rescued from all wickedness and now should be eager to do good and show others what Christ has done for us!

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