Calvary Made All Things Perfectly Perfect - March 2013
Romans 5:10-11 "For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." This is talking about Jesus at Calvary. The word in the Greek for reconciliation is “katallege" and it means restoration to divine favor. The King James version of the Bible uses the word atonement instead of reconciliation. In the Old Testament, in particular the book of Leviticus chapter 16 verses 1-17, it speaks of Yom Kippur or the Great Day of Atonement. The word “atonement” in the Old Testament means a covering for sin, however, their sins were forgiven and cleansed according to this portion of Scripture in Leviticus and many others in the Old Testament. In Hebrews 10:3-4 the central issue is taking away sin. In contrast Hebrews 9:26 is talking about Jesus’sacrifice that put away sin as an entity or the sinful nature. John the Baptist said in John 1:29 "Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world."
The diagnosis of the human problem is sin, that is, the sinful nature. The remedy for sin, the sinful nature and all sins is the blood of Jesus at the cross. The root cause of all man's problems is sin, the sinful nature. The remedy is the cross, that is, the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf. Hebrews 7:27 tells us that Jesus was both the high priest and the perfect sacrifice. There was only one priest they can offer up the sacrifice and only one sacrifice totally acceptable to God and Jesus was both. The event of the Cross of Calvary is the greatest event in the history of humanity. No religion in the world has anything that compares to the cross of Jesus Christ. If the message of the cross is true, then it is the most important event (with the resurrection) in human history. If we don't give the cross its rightful place, our place loses its meaning and its power and what we end up with is some nice state of generalities or Christian ethics which is impossible to keep. No one can keep the sermon on the Mount without the power of the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:23-25 tells us that the cross is the foolishness of God and the weakness of God. The real source of strength and wisdom is in the power of the cross.
Hebrews 10:14 "For by one offering he has perfected for ever them whom he has sanctified." God the Father has perfected for ever them, that's us, by the offering of Jesus at the cross-forever!. Only one time was this offering made and it has perfected for ever those whom he has sanctified. That's His born-again children. As far as God is concerned it is perfect and complete forever. Nothing can ever be taken away from it and nothing can be added to it. The words sanctified is in the continuing present tense. It should read those who are being sanctified. I've been sanctified by Jesus at the cross and I will continue to be sanctified as a result of Jesus at the cross. If we understand what Jesus did for us on the cross, then everything physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, socially and everything we will ever need for all time and eternity has already been provided for us at the cross where Jesus was the sacrifice. By one sacrifice He, Jesus, has perfected for ever them that are being sanctified. God's promises do not depend upon circumstances. They depend upon meeting the conditions. Jesus met the conditions for us at the cross of Calvary. Our faith in Him turns those promises into facts. God gives us His faith when we are born again. We do not appropriate faith, but with our God-given faith we appropriate what God says belongs to us by Jesus finished work at Calvary. So in essence are part is to find out what Jesus did, what he accomplished at Calvary and by faith enter into His finished work which is His grace.
So the cross is the center of Christianity. All God's provisions center on the gospel of grace that is the cross. The most crucial verse in the entire Bible is Isaiah 53:6. "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have all gone our own way. And the Lord has laid on him, Jesus, the iniquity of us all." Here again is the diagnosis of the human problem. It is sin. It is rebellion. We've all gone our own way. The remedy is Jesus. The word iniquity in the Hebrew is the word “avon” and it means rebellion and all the evil consequences of that rebellion. The word “avon” is also used in Genesis 4:13, 1 Samuel 28:10, and Lamentations 4: 6 where it is translated punishment. From this we see that the word “avon” means rebellion and the punishment of that rebellion and the consequences of that rebellion. At the cross of Calvary a divinely ordered exchange took place. All the evil do by justice to us came upon Jesus that all the good due to Jesus came upon us. This is the key that unlocks all the treasures of God. This is all by God's grace. There is no reason to it. God gave it. You can't earn it. You can only believe that by faith. Most religious people never experience the provision of Jesus on the cross because they are trying to earn it. Stop trying to earn. Why did God do it? Because He loves us. It's a sovereign choice by God Almighty.
Romans 5:1 "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The newer translations say having been justified. It is a finished work. The message of mercy is that Jesus death paid the penalty of sin for us. Once we have had the issue of sin dealt with God's way, then the result is peace with God. Ephesians 1:7 "In whom we have redemption through the His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace." When we have forgiveness of sins we have redemption. Through the price of Jesus blood we have been redeemed, bought back, from Satan to God. Romans 7:14 "For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. This is Paul speaking of himself under the law prior to his conversion to Christ. He says I am carnal and sold under sin and I have no other option, but the good news is that Jesus walked into the slave market and bought us back, that's our redemption, and made us sons. How can we be forgiven? Because Jesus was punished with our punishment. Colossians 1:19-23 "For it please the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. (The word fullness in the Greek means fullness of the Godhead and the word dwell means permanent habitation). And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, unblamable (fautless), and unreprovable (unaccusable) in his sight."
Ephesians 1:7 "In whom we have redemption through his blood the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace. Through the price of Jesus’ blood we have been redeemed from Satan to God. Forgiveness is now a state of being. It is a result of us being redeemed. It is a result of our salvation. Once forgiven of God of all our sins means that we never need to be forgiven ever again. Why? Because of Calvary and that one sacrifice that was all sufficient for all time and eternity that made every person that is born again perfectly perfect for ever.