Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Sinless Sacrifice

Jesus Christ Was Sinless

The Messiah NEVER Sinned!

Spotless and Pure

Jesus as the Sinless Sacrifice

Author: Amy Miller

"Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins." (Hebrews 9:14)

Some say that Jesus was a great teacher. Others say he was a good man. While these statements are true, there was much more to Jesus. He was the promised Seed spoken of in Genesis 3:15, and prophesied about all through Scriptures. He was the Messiah that all of creation was waiting for. But the purpose for his existence goes beyond the parables he taught, or the healings he performed.

The ministry of Jesus was not only about delivering the demon-possessed, or raising the dead. It was about the full essence of God dwelling within the flesh of Jesus Christ, who offered himself as a sinless sacrifice so that everyone throughout all time who believe in him can be freed from the devastating effects of sin and death.

While God originally instituted animal sacrifice as a way of providing ceremonial cleansing for His people, those sacrifices were not able to cleanse man's conscience from the effects of sin. Only the blood of Jesus Christ could remove the stain. The author of Hebrews taught in his letter that only by becoming a human could Jesus die, and it was only through his death that the power of Satan could be broken. (Hebrews 2:14-15) Jesus lived a perfect life, committed entirely to the plan of the Father, even to death. His blood was the only perfect offering brought into the Most Holy Place of heaven. (Hebrews 9:12)

At conception, the blood is provided genetically by the father of the child. As the Son of God, Jesus was born with perfect blood. He was without a sin nature, just as Adam was prior to the fall. Jesus still had the freedom to choose, just as Adam did. But the will of Jesus was aligned with the will of the Father, and he remained without sin. This sinless state made him the perfect lamb, without spot or blemish, just as the Passover lamb was to be.

At the moment of his death, Jesus had become the most cursed of men, bearing on his shoulders the sins of the entire world. (I John 2:2) The holy presence of God can't dwell amidst the unholiness of sin. Because of this, the fullness of God that had dwelt within Jesus departed from him, and Jesus was left as a natural man to suffer the fullness of the wrath of God. When the price for sin had been fully paid, Jesus breathed his last, and committed his spirit into the hands of his Father. His body was taken down from the cross before sunset and laid in a tomb.

Though Jesus experienced death, God did not intend to leave him there. Three days later, before sunrise, the Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead just as He had promised. The enemy of death had been defeated. Because of his sinless sacrifice, and because of his resurrection, each person who believes can receive the same newness of life, and can boldly enter into presence of God, having been washed by the blood of the perfect Lamb.

JESUS CHRIST: The Sinless Sacrifice

Author: Pastor Joseph Chambers
Source: Pawcreek Ministries

The Eternal Son of God is that ”Holy One of God,” born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Ghost. He became fully human and fully flesh, but was sanctified by the act of the Sovereign Spirit of God. He was conceived in Mary’s womb by a miracle of God’s Supernatural action, therefore, without the sin nature. He was the second Adam who came to redeem men from the fall of the first Adam. The first Adam was created without sin, but disobeyed the commandment of God and became the means of infecting the whole race of men. Jesus Christ was the eternal Word or Logos who tabernacled in the flesh, but did not share Adam’s nature. He was tempted or proved, but rejected the offers of Lucifer, therefore, remaining without any expression or inclination of sin in body, soul or spirit.

The Nature of Sin!
The nature of sin is bound in the soul of mankind. Therefore, every soul born to women in the natural order of conception is a sinner with the sin nature dominating their person. Apostle Paul expressed this nature as follows, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” (Romans 8:7) The great prophet, Isaiah, painted the Biblical picture of sinful man. “Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.” (Isaiah 1:4-6)

The Sinless Man!
Jesus shared absolutely no expression of this nature, but came to redeem men out of this horrible pit. God, the Father, is holy and His holiness demands that sin be punished. Our Redeemer came to take that punishment unto Himself and forever change the eternal destiny of the human family. The sacrifice had to be different from fallen men. Men are sinners by nature and the Redeemer had to be “separate from sinners.” The only sacrifice that could enter the Holy of Holies was a spotless substitute. “Inherited sin” or what we call “adamic sin” is just as defiling as acts of sin. Adamic sin resides in the soul while acts of sin are expressions of the flesh. Either would have made Jesus incapable of redeeming man because the two cannot be separated. A man sins because his nature is sinful. Acts of sin are the results of the nature that has affected the very person or soul of that individual. Jesus never experienced either the nature or the acts of sin.

Because of this perfection of His soul Jesus could be made an offering for sin. Isaiah prophesied that God the Father would make the soul of His Son a substitute sacrifice. Here are his words: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)

Sanctified And Sent Into The World!
When the Great God would send a sacrifice for sin, nobody was capable of meeting that divine requirement, but His Eternal Son. John the Revelator tells of a search throughout Heaven, the earth and beneath the earth to find someone that could take the redemptive “Book” out of the Father’s hand. John wept until an angel stopped him and showed him the “Lamb” as it had been slain. Then the company of saints began to sing, “And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:2-10)

The death of this sinless Lamb is the one and only means of redemption. It is God’s eternal answer to the entire problem of sin and all its consequences. From the redemption of man from his guilt, the sanctification of man from his defilement all the way to the cleansing of the earth from sin’s effect; the death of the Lord Jesus Christ is complete and final. “It is finished.” (John 19:30).

The Revelation text (Book of Revelation) was written as John beheld the future redemption of this earth. But remember “redemption” is an eternal fact. Jesus Christ was slain from the foundation of the world, according to Holy Scripture. His death was in the heart of God when man was placed in the garden. A revealing statement about the coming Antichrist and his sway over all mankind and complete redemption is found in Revelation 13:8. Hear this “Revelation from Jesus Christ” as He states, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8)

Multitudes of church members will follow and worship a new “christ” whose main distinction will be a “Jesus” different from the one that was ‘slain from the foundation of the world.” He will be presented as an example “Jesus,” compassionate “Jesus,” a phallic “Jesus” (as described by the Promise Keepers), a positive “Jesus,” a non-threatening “Jesus,” etc. The Antichrist will quote the Bible with great skill and talk eloquent “Bible talk.” The subtle difference will be in the “redemption by His sinless blood,” That’s where Satan cannot imitate the Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan Hates the Sinless Blood Sacrifice! Satan has always attacked Jesus at the point of His timeless divinity and His perfect sacrifice for sin. It was just such a setting where Jesus affirmed His sinless perfection. Jesus had spoken of Himself as the Great Shepherd and the only way to the Father. The Jews cried out in their accusation, accusing Him of blasphemy because He made Himself “One with the Father.” He had said, “I and my Father are one.” ( John 10:36) That’s when He said to them, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:36)

Any theological idea that reduces this high and lofty sinlessness of the Lord is a work of Lucifer. It does not matter how minute that reduction may represent: One iota of smear or confusion about the person of Jesus Christ is like a black dot in an all-white garment. The entire garment becomes unusable until the dot is removed. The redemptive powers of Jesus Christ are rendered of no value when a question of His holy nature is suggested. If the earthly Holy of Holies (patterned after the heavenly) could not be entered until complete purification, how much more so the heavenly Holy of Holies where God the Father sits on His throne. It is unthinkable to consider that Jesus could provide eternal redemption and offer His blood on the high altar of God unless He was sinless and perfect in the total sense of Holiness. He did not just resist the vile thoughts of sin, He had no vile thoughts of sin. He was not just pure in the rejection of sinful lust, He was pure in the absence of sinful lust.

This is why the Son of God said to Mary Magdalene outside His tomb, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.(John 20:17) Before human hands could touch the perfectly resurrected, and living sacrifice, that sacrifice had to enter the Heavenly Holy Of Holies and present His Blood on the Altar of the grand temple of which Solomon’s temple was but a shadow. That BLOOD is still alive and supernatural in redemption where sinners are still washed and forgiven and the universe is soon be be judged and cleansed. This is the Greatest TRUTH, the Grandest TRUTH and the Absolute TRUTH that makes the BIBLE the one book of its kind.

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