The Rescue Part 2

Hebrews 10:1-18 (HCSB)

  • 10 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year. Otherwise, wouldn’t they have stopped being offered, since the worshipers, once purified, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in the sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, as He was coming into the world, He said: you did not want sacrifice and offering, but You prepared a body for Me. You did not delight in whole burnt offerings and sin offerings. Then I said, “See—it is written about Me in the volume of the scroll—I have come to do Your will, God!” After He says above, You did not want or delight in sacrifices and offerings, whole burnt offerings and sin offerings (which are offered according to the law), He then says, See, I have come to do Your will. He takes away the first to establish the second. 10 By this will of God, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all. 11 Every priest stands day after day ministering and offering the same sacrifices time after time, which can never take away sins. 12 But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. 13 He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. 15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He says: 16 This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts and write them on their minds, 17 He adds: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.

The Law cannot PERFECT the worshipper

  • The law REMINDS us of our sin
  • The law reminds us of our need for FORGIVENESS
  • The law reminds us that it is ultimately incapable of TAKING AWAY our sin

The death of Christ FULFILLED the will of God

  • Philippians 2:5-7 (HCSB)
    • Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form,
  • John 1:1-2, 14 (HCSB)
    • 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the  beginning. 14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • Jesus Christ is the WORD of God
  • Christ came to ACCOMPLISH the will of God
    • Acts 2:22-25 (HCSB)
      • 22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. 23 Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. 24 God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it. 25 For David says of Him: I saw the Lord ever before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
  • By virtue of the death of Jesus Christ all who believe in Him have been made HOLY
    • POSITIONALLY–followers of Christ have been declared holy by God through the sacrifice of Christ for our sins
    • PRACTICALLY–followers of Christ are in the process of being made holy through the indwelling Holy Spirit

The death of Christ PERFECTED the believers

  • In death Christ has made the final and perfect SACRIFICE for sin
  • In death Christ has DESTROYED Satan
    • Hebrews 2:14 (HCSB)
      • 14 Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil—
  • In death Christ has REMOVED the sin of the believer
    • Psalm 103:11-12
      • 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    • Micah 7:19
      • 19 He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.