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During the reign of the Pharaoh in Egypt, the Jewish people were slaves. God chose Moses to speak and to demand Pharaoh that he releases the Hebrews from slavery. Pharaoh repeatedly refused it and God brought plagues on the Egyptians. The final plague brought death to the first born in each Egyptian household. God told Moses that he would kill the firstborn of every household in Egypt, since Pharaoh did not let the people of Israel go free from slavery. God told Moses that the people of Israel must sacrifice a lamb in every household and strike the blood on the door posts of their houses. "Exodus 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it." Then, the firstborn children would be spared in the Hebrew homes that was marked with lamb's blood. Pharaoh's first-born son was killed. Then, Pharaoh released Hebrews from slavery. This is the origin of Passover. God declared that the future generations must keep a feast to remember this incident. Christians and Jews celebrate the passover in different ways. Christians observe it as communion to remember the death of Jesus. Two elements are attached in this ritual. One is wine as the symbol of the blood of Jesus; and the next must be unleavened bread. But we buy bread from a bakery, mostly it may be leavened bread. The leaven in the bread represents sin in our lives, which must be repented for, and be removed from us, as we participate communion. Jews don't know who the Lamb is, and Christians don't know anything about the leaven. So, the sacred function is celebrated just as a ceremony only, but with no life application. "1 Corinthians 5:7 says, Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:" So, it is a caution to Christians. Jesus was sacrificed as our passover; and so, purge out the sins in our lives to participate in the blood of Jesus Christ. Let us see what Jesus Christ says about it. Please read John 6:32-60. Jesus Christ was teaching this lesson, in figure of speech. Jesus Christ offers them eternal life through the life in this simple ceremony. The life will be difficult, but it will give the inheritance in heaven. "John 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." Christians take ceremonial communion; confess the blood by a statement, but are not washed by it; they eat the bread, but never take Christ to abide in them; never bother about the leaven, which is sin in their lives; never heard of bitter herbs, which is the cross to mortify the deeds of the flesh. Jews celebrate passover, and Christians take communion, as ceremonies. But a ceremony without life, cannot give us eternal inheritance.
In the old testament, God has established the priesthood and made a covenant with Israel. God told them to sacrifice animals for the forgiveness of ignorant sins; and to send away a scapegoat for all other sins. One goat was to be killed for forgiveness of sins, and another goat is called the scapegoat to take away all other sins, that is to remove all sins from them. Sin sacrifices are explained in Leviticus 4&5, and the scapegoat is in Leviticus 16:21&22. "21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness." Their scribes or priests did not teach this to people, neither our preachers teach it to us. So, in the old testament, sins were repeated, and sacrifices were continued. 'God the Father' did not like the fact that sins were not removed, and sacrifices were continued. So, 'God the Father' is not satisfied (in the video, I said sacrificed instead of satisfied, it was the slip of the tongue) and sent 'God the Word' to become a man and to take away the first priesthood as well as the first covenant, and to establish the second priesthood and the second covenant. So, 'God the Word' became a man, who was Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus has established the second priesthood and the second covenant. It is to remove the sins of his people as their scapegoat, and then to forgive their past sins. Forgive sins and take away sins are two entirely different works. John the Baptist says in John 1:29, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Take away sins is to remove the sinning nature from people, so that they will sin no more. "Acts 3:26 says, Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." The resurrected Lord Jesus Christ turns his people away from their sinning nature, that is, as God, Jesus Christ removes their unrighteousness that cause sins in them. Please notice that this is the same function of the scapegoat in the old testament, and it is not forgiveness, but it is to take away the sins, or to remove the sinning nature from his people.
"Leviticus 4:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: 3 If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering. 4 And he shall bring the bullock unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; and shall lay his hand upon the bullock's head, and kill the bullock before the LORD." Then the entire chapter 4 and 5 explains all the details of sin offering. When these sacrifices and offerings are done, all the sins for which the sacrifices and offerings are made, will be forgiven simultaneously. In the new testament, people cannot not sacrifice, and that system is removed. So, Jesus Christ has removed the first system, and established the second system by sacrificing himself. 1 Corinthians 15:3 says, "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." So, in the second system, Jesus has done the sacrifice and the sins of the people cannot be forgiven as before. But now, if we ask God to forgive sins, God may forgive that sin, but the blood of Jesus will not be applied to them, and so it will not be counted for eternal life. Since the offering of Jesus Christ was made only one time and the forgiveness by the blood will be done as the grand finale, and it will happen only one time. This is the only forgiveness that will be counted for eternal life. If people are forgiven otherwise, it may be for other reasons, such as healings, etc. "1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Here, the blood is applied to clean and to forgive all sins and all unrighteousness, which is the very core and root cause of the sinning nature, and after that we will not commit sin because the nature to sin is removed or cleansed away by his blood. So, they will not commit sin after that instant and these people are now saved. They are saved from their sins as in Matthew 1:21. It says, "thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." Even though Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, only those who are his people, who are cleansed from all sins and unrighteousness, are saved. You may study the details from this link: "Became Savior." Details about his forgiveness of all our past sins: "He Forgives".
"1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." So, Jesus Christ is the propitiation for the sins of the entire world; but only his people will be saved. Propitiation is a two-part word. It will work in sequence. Grace will work first and will complete its work of redemption, and then, Jesus Christ will forgive all our past sins by his blood. Work of grace is the redemption done by the Scapegoat by turning us away from our sins and iniquities. When this is done by Jesus Christ; as the author of salvation, he will forgive all our past sins by applying his blood. "Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (that is, grace will redeem the person first. When this is done), 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" So, after being justified by grace as in verse 24, 25 says that God was forbearing, that is, he was waiting patiently for the job of grace to be completed, to show his righteousness; now God forgives all our past sins. So, by the propitiation we are completely saved. "1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." Here, verse 9 says, that the begotten Son, who is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is here for us to live through him, that is by abiding in him. Then we will live a holy life and Jesus Christ, as the propitiation will forgive all our past sins. "Hebrews 9:28 says, 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." First portion of this verse refers, that he offered himself as a sin sacrifice, and he became the author of salvation to forgive people. Second portion refers to the resurrected Jesus Christ, and it says, that if you look for God, he will appear to you personally. So, look for the true Jesus Christ, who is already here in his omnipotent Spirit, for the last 2000+ years. But preachers preach that it refers to the Lord's second coming for the rapture or to end this world. No, after death it will be the judgment, but not salvation. This verse is for salvation. The verse says that if we look for him now, he will come to us now, and he will give us salvation, which is the inheritance in his kingdom in heaven.
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