"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God wants people to live in obedience to him, which is righteous life. God wants them live as holy as he is holy. This is what he calls as perfect life. God implemented this as a shadow in the Old Testament times, of which the reality is in the New Testament. So, God gave atonement in the Old Testament through animal sacrifice, which is the shadow. The sacrifice was offered on the alter, it was made holy on the process, and as the people partake the sacrifice they become holy. This was ceremonially given to them through the ritual of the sacrifice. "Exodus 29:33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. 36 And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it." Thus they became holy.
But the Old Testament is the shadow of things on the New. Hebrews 9: says, "12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." Here, the Old sacrifices of the goats and calves, which were ceremonial shadows, are reinstituted by the real true genuine Lord himself, not as a mere sacrifice, but as the mediator, so that he may give his people the eternal inheritance in the kingdom of God. But, we treat him only as a glorious sacrifice.
The word 'justified' may have two meanings. One is: "whatever you have done is accepted or approved by God as righteousness." The second is: "converted to be a just person." In these two, the churches preach the first meaning, which qualifies every crook to inherit heaven. But, God convert people to do good and then only they are qualified to inherit heave. Romans 5: says, "9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement." When a person is converted, then the wrath of God is not on him, he is no longer an enemy to God, etc, and this person is saved by living the life of Christ. They have received atonement of Jesus Christ. But, it is sad that they preach as if atonement is game meat and anybody can enjoy it. Is this holy meat available to dogs? Even in the Old, it says, "but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy." Sinning people have no part in it. Be converted to qualify.
God Bless You