(02/29/2016) Atonement and The Cross?

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Atonement, High Priest, Judgment, Moses, Reconciliation, Sacrifice, Salvation, The Sanctuary
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The sacred operations of atonement, crucifixion, and Jesus Christ as High Priest are topics, today.  Correctly understood there are many separate divine works that comprise the full atonement that pertains to preparing for and completing final judgment.  The return of Christ to heaven following his death upon the cross was as much to complete raising up the New Jerusalem, and bringing his followers under his blood within the Books of Life as for demonstrating resurrection and the first death, or addressing the issues of sin.  In addition to his roles as Risen Lord, Jesus is to be seen and acknowledged as prince, and High Priest.  Where Christ has suffered the most in body and spirit, and does not go before the Father without joy, all complaining, murmuring, and weeping from the earth become superfluous.  The work of Christ above explains the delay in his Second Coming (Advent).  Consider the following Scriptures and the presentation below:

John 3:  12-15, King James Version (KJV):  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.  14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:  15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 6:  37-39, KJV:  37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Hebrews 2:  14-18, KJV:  14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Hebrews 3:  1-6, KJV:  1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;  2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.  3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.  4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.  5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;  6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “razzyandmax” (Level 2 with 482 points, a member since January 15, 2008) posted the following:

 

Question about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.?

Question: If Jesus Christ would have never been Crucified, would the Atonement have taken place? Which part of the Atonement allows people to be forgiven of their sins? Death on the Cross or Suffering in Garden of Gathsemane? (Sp?) I have my own answer and am wondering How all of you feel about it.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:  12-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); More Than Death Needed (12/07/2015); The Lamb of GOD (08/19/2015); Saved by His Death? (05/13/2015); Can Man Kill GOD? (12/14/2014); An Eternal and Permanent Solution? (12/15/2014); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012)

 

“razzyandmax”, many mature Christian believers understand that through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing despite time and space to here and now.  The death of Jesus Christ upon the cross is a “one-time event” among multiple acts of divine revelation to make the character and nature of unseen divinity known to all created beings and living creatures.  The Savior’s crucifixion is inseparable from the appearance of divinity in flesh (we say, Incarnation), the imparting of spirit substance from the makeup of Deity (we say, the falling of the Holy Ghost—also called the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), and the cleansing of heaven as a seat of judgment.  In keeping with the pattern Moses was commanded to reproduce upon the earth, the cross provides the sacred blood required for the divine operations performed by Christ as High Priest to restore the Sanctuary in heaven.  Through sin, the altar of incense that represents the prayers lifted up to GOD, the furnishings, and even the throne of mercy have been defiled and polluted by contact with elements that include confession, deceit, disobedience,  petitions, tears, and weeping.  Consider again how this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Exodus 30:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.  9 Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.  10 And Aaron shall make an atonement upon the horns of it once in a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonements:  once in the year shall he make atonement upon it throughout your generations:  it is most holy unto the LORD.

(2.)  Ezekiel 45:  17-20, KJV:  17 And it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel:  he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.  18 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary:  19 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.  20 And so thou shalt do the seventh day of the month for every one that erreth, and for him that is simple:  so shall ye reconcile the house.

(3.)  Malachi 2:  13, KJV:  13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-19, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.) Hebrews 7:  25-27, KJV:  25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;  27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s:  for this he did once, when he offered up himself.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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