Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sacrifice (4) Jesus and the Spirit

Jesus was God’s ultimate plan for restoring his work on earth. Jesus offered himself as a perfect sacrifice that cleansed our consciences from sin.

When this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

The Holy Spirit also testifies… I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds (Heb 10:12-16).
Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice. It offered a complete cleansing from sin, inside and out, for past, present and future sins. This means that those who are united with him by faith are holy and free from guilt. Because we are holy, we can accept the Holy Spirit living within us. Jesus perfect sacrifice means that nothing can force the Holy Spirit out, provide we remain united with Jesus.

Jesus perfect sacrifice sets those who trust them free from guilt. This restores their ability to communicate with God. But Jesus does more. He sent the Holy Spirit to live within all those who trust him. This is better than the garden of Eden. We don’t just have God wandering among us. We have his Spirit living, speaking and listening within us.

With guilt gone, our ability to relate to God is restored. The Holy Spirit can full our lives and communicate to us. He can empower us to go out and restore his authority over the earth and establish his Kingdom.

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