12. Christ Died For The Sins Of The World, Why Do I Have To Live Holy? – (1 John 2:2)
What was the purpose of Calvary? From the fall of Adam in the garden until the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ mankind was separated from God by sin. Through the obedience of Jesus Christ the law was not destroyed but fulfilled and God’s redemptive plan was completed ushering in grace.
(Romans 5:19) “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many (not everyone) be made righteous.”
When grace was given, sin lost its dominion over mankind. Man was no longer subject to the law but to grace. But did this give men the golden ticket to do whatever pleased their flesh? God forbid. Previously man had free will facing the law and a system of sacrifices; now man had free will and grace and with that came the ability to choose his own master. Sin would still separate him from God; grace gave him an advocate before the Father to plead his cause and to be restored to right standing with God.
(Romans 6:14-16) “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
Grace gave man redemption (it paid his debt for sin) and allowed him to walk away a free man. With that freedom the relationship was restored between the redeemed man and God. All relationships are built of two separate entities, (God/man, man/wife, mother/child, friend/friend, etc.). All healthy relationships have set and mutual boundaries. For example, a father is to train, love, nurture and discipline his child while a child is to love, obey and follow his father’s example. Two entities and appropriate boundaries make for a healthy relationship in which the father can excel in leadership and a child can excel to become a leader. Another example is a marriage. A husband is to lead, provide, be faithful and love his wife while a wife is to follow, lift up, and be faithful to her husband. The relationship between a father and child are permanent; formed through blood, human DNA or adoption, while a marriage is meant to be permanent based on a commitment established by choice. When boundaries are crossed the health of a relationship is compromised, when boundaries are destroyed some relationships cannot be restored.
The answer to the question, Why Do I Have To Live Holy?, is made clear in Hebrews;
(Hebrews 10:26) “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,” (See: Hebrews 10:3-10)
In the relationship we have with God, he is our father which means we have the boundaries that are similar to those of a child (to love, honor, obey, and imitate his character, etc.). When a child falls outside the lines of acceptable behavior they fall into disobedience and discipline happens. This is the natural course of events in a parent/child relationship. God too disciplines his children, and his redirection is targeted at bringing the child of God back into right standing or relationship with him. God’s goal was never cruelty or abuse. The discipline will be appropriate for the offense. Those that have greater understanding will be held to a higher standard. Just like an older child is able to be given more responsibility than a younger sibling.
(Acts 5:29-31) “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”
God, as our Father, desires for his children to be holy and above reproach, he wants us to even abstain from the appearance of evil (1Thessalonians 5:22). That is a higher standard than to just do right; it is to do right and not allow yourself to be associated with anything or anyone that could be perceived (whether rightly or wrongly), to be evil. For example, as a man or woman of God don’t allow yourself to be put into a situation that even looks wrong whether is or is not wrong. Abstain.
(Ephesians 1:3-7) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”
God wrote his plan of redemption to include his son Jesus Christ. Jesus relinquished his human will and submitted himself to God’s plan. He took the bullet (the cross) for us, our wages would have cost our lives and he redeemed them through his obedience.
(1John 2:2) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
(Galatians 1:4) Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
1John 1:7, 4:10
Romans 3:25-26; Romans 3:25-26 (CEV)
1Peter 2:24, 3:18
1John 4:14, 5:19
John 4:42, 11:51-52
(John 1:29-34) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (Literally?) 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man (not God) which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. (not God)
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
(Hebrews 9:22-28) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
(Hebrews 10:1-39) For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
We must hold fast to faith
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an 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 profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
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