An ancient curse. A blood ritual. Betrayal. Sacrifice. Love.
No, this is not the latest teen flick. It's not dramatic flair. It is the memoir of the one who loves you most.
+ God is the Creator. He is Spirit. He is the Father who art in heaven. He is true, righteous, holy and perfect.
+ Jesus the Messiah is God and the only begotten Son of God. He is the Way, Truth, and Life. He is the Word made flesh.
+ We humans were made in the image of God, created to dwell eternally in His presence. God did not create us to ever die. Death is contrary to the life of God, and is the direct result of sin.
+ God is holy and pure. Sin cannot enter His presence. Sin is anything we do with our heart, will, mind, or behavior that goes against God and way, the truth, and the life of God.
+ All humans sin. Sin entered the world with our first parents and put humanity under a curse. This has been passed down, a tainted bloodline. It's curse-corrupted seed that keeps producing more. We know this because everyone dies, and human death is the result of the curse. First the physical, then the spiritual. Therefore we are kept from the eternal presence and life of God, and from one-ness with our holy Creator.
Because sin is contrary to everything God is, sin splits us apart from God, and keeps us apart unless that split is healed and made whole.
+ God loves us and longs for us to be one with Him, healed and whole. He made a way for us to be reconciled, so that our sin is not held against us, and we can be free from death and restored to the eternal life we were made for.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 6:23
+ Because flesh sinned and brought the curse of death upon the human race, it required flesh to pay the price and defeat death to reverse the curse. Because God is not willing for ANYONE to die, but for all to have eternal life, He made a way for someone to pay the price in the flesh by taking the curse for us, but then not stay dead.
+ Because each of us are born under the curse, which is the law of sin and death (remember, because we all sin and we all die), it is not possible that we can be set free by anyone or anything that is also born under the curse. This means that no other human can save us, and we cannot save ourselves. A curse cannot un-curse itself.
+ We must become reborn (of new, uncorrupted seed) in order to be set free of the curse. We must get out from under the death bloodline and enter into the life bloodline. This is only possible through the innocent blood of the sacrifice.
+ This is a ritual that our Creator established for us so that we may be reconciled to Him. This is through the blood atonement, or “at-one-ment,” because through the sacrifice, we can be at one with God.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Lev. 17:11
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard... Col. 1:19-23
+ And the ritual is already done. It is finished. God the Son, the Word, the pure seed, came into the world through a literal birth so He could take on human flesh. We were made in the image of God, and because of His great love, God humbled Himself and came in the image of man.
There is therefore now no condemnation [sin results in condemnation] to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death [the power of the curse]. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law [holiness, righteousness, sinless perfection] might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom. 8:1-4
+ And then the seed died, was put in the earth, and came to life again.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. John 12:24
“...having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass [grass comes from seed and has temporary life], and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” 1 Pet. 1:23-25
+ To have a new, eternal and incorruptible body not limited by death, we must receive the seed of the Word.
But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures [the Scriptures are words], for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me [the Word] that you may have life. John 5:38-40
+ We receive the seed of the Word when we believe from the heart the word of faith, which is the gospel.
“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom. 10:8-10
+ Belief from the heart makes the difference, because words can be said by anyone.
“These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.” Matt. 15:8
+ So, what is the gospel in which we believe, and by which we are saved? It is found in 1 Cor. 15:1-4...
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures...
+ The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Our salvation comes when we put our faith in Him: that He was crucified, was buried (like a seed in the earth), and conquered death by rising the third day according to the Scriptures. He did everything for us, and we must rest in Him and He is our righteousness. If we try to be righteous on our own, it spits in the face of the one who loves us most...and does not save us. Our works do not set us free from the curse of sin or death. Only the blood of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, can do that.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” [speaking of the cross, which was how Jesus died] that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Gal. 3:13-14
+ This is a matter of life or death. We do not receive the promise of the Spirit through anything we do of ourselves. Not through acts of service or giving to the poor, living a religious life, or saying many prayers. We receive it only by faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on our behalf, alone. We are saved unto good works, not by good works. If we add anything to this, we're saying that He is not enough. But eternal life does not come from Jesus and... Jesus + anything does not bring salvation. When we trust in a priest to save us, when we trust our own morals to save us, when we think, oh, I am a good person...I recycle, I give to charity, I help others; I'm not out there doing drugs, or taking advantage of people; I follow the law, I stand up for what is right, I don't even get angry in traffic...surely this counts, right?
+ Don't get me wrong...it is important to do good work. But we're talking about salvation and eternal life. We're talking about being made free from sin and death, the ancient curse that has infected the bloodline of the human race. The only thing that redeems us from the curse is the pure and cleansing blood of Christ, the Lamb who was slain. And we receive salvation and the promise of eternal life when we put our faith in the finished work of the Son of God.
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles for the church age, writes,
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Gal. 3:1-3
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:8-9
+ Not only can we not save ourselves, we cannot keep ourselves saved. Eternal life is given freely to those who believe; and then we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, kept by the power of God until the day of redemption.
+ Right now we are still in these bodies, the ones that age and disappoint us and die, but we who believe have the power of the One who raised Jesus from the dead in us. Even if these mortal bodies die, we, like Jesus, will rise from the dead and have eternal life. Just like we were made for.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Rom. 8:11
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. Eph. 1:13-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pet. 1:3-5
I have been a believer for over thirty years. I do not have formal spiritual training, but remain grounded in prayer and Scripture. I trust the one who dwells within me. (1 John 2:20-27) I am not affiliated with any particular denomination or religious movement.