"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
This page editorial help: Sister Lynn near Atlanta, GA
God wants people to live in obedience to him, which is righteous life. God wants them to live as holy as he is holy. This is what he calls a 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 altar, it was made holy on the process, and as the people partook of 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, through the atoning sacrifice.
But the Old Testament is the shadow of things in 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." In the Old Testament, the people who have sinned provide the sacrifices of the goats and calves, which were just ceremonial shadows. But in the New Testament, Jesus Christ provides himself as the sacrifice on the altar. He also mediates with the Father, so that he may give his people the eternal inheritance in the kingdom of God. But, we treat him only as a glorious free sacrifice. In the Old, the sinner eat the sacrifice to be sanctified, and we also act the same way that it is up to us to accept the sacrifice of him and to be sanctified, etc. But, through the sacrifice, Jesus Christ became the Savior, he lives, and it is up to him to save us or not. "Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh,... 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 ... he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." The same atonement we receive by Jesus Christ, but there is a difference that we must notice. In the Old, sinners eat the sacrifice. Here, the sacrifice became the Savior and High priest to grant forgiveness to those who will obey him. If we do not obey him, we will be rejected of Him.
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 converts people to do good and then only are they qualified to inherit heaven. 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 Testament, it says, "but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy." Sinning people have no part in it. So, we must be converted in order to qualify to receive the atonement.