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One reason we are here is to be tried and to try, that is, to search out, to learn. The Creator has to know for sure what He's got in you:.Revelation 2:10. He knows what He's got in Christ and if you're in Christ, then He knows what He's got in you as well. 

To this end of fullness in Christ.(Ephesians 3:19).He will try you almost to the point of not being able to take it:.Matthew 10:34-41;.Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

We cause many of our own trials due to being unbelieving. Trials also are a test of our faith. The Creator wants to know that no matter what, you are His; but will never allow you to be tried above what you can handle:.1Corinthians 10:13. Problem is: What He knows we can handle.(Philippians 4:13), we don't think we are capable of handling, because we haven't yet learned to fully trust God with our lives.

Perhaps He is teaching the angels.(1Peter 1:12), that we, who are now in our physical form, so less in stature than the angels, are faithful to Him, in spite of severe difficulties and trials. Perhaps they need to learn this, as they have a very different existence. No trials of fire as we, yet some angels, in the distant past left their first estate of joy, to rebel against God and it's God's plan to restore all the angels too.

If we were totally content in life, what need is there of change; what need of improvement? There is a balance in all things. Herein lies wisdom.

The Creator has engineered the world so there would be need for solutions. Otherwise life would be bland, even insipid. Exposure to both good and evil is so you have an opportunity to overcome the evil tendencies and in so doing become aware of what it is that you are in Christ and what it is that you can aspire too.

The trials and sufferings of life are needed or we would forever be locked into the ego level. If we thought nothing was wrong, why would we seek to correct anything?

How else could the need for love exist? The recipient of love's actions by another would have no need for it and there would be no motivation to give it if another was 'full' and lacked nothing. How else could love be appreciated?

How else would compassion toward others be needed in society? And how else would gifts be appreciated? Without need, where is the impetus for action? Trials are for seeing what needs eradication in our lives:.Hebrews 12:27

So the peace comes as we grow in knowledge and understanding of our Creator:.Ephesians 4:15; 2Peter 3:18; 2Timothy 2:15. We wouldn't put forth the effort if we had no need of God. Effort produces lasting character. 

And what was the sword He brought? It was the word of Creator-God:.Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12. And He said that He came to bring division. Here He was talking about the drastic difference between the old covenant and the new covenant:.Hebrews 9:13-15 ".....And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called.(and who might they be who are now called? Note that God doesn't call you to be saved, you were already in that state, just not awakened to it:.2Timothy 1:9).might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." Hebrews 12:24 "And to Emmanuel the mediator of the new covenant....." Ephesians 2:14 "For he is our peace, who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us.(what kept us from a relationship with the Father)."

About this middle wall: In the Old.(first).Testament.(before Emmanuel ushered in the New), a tabernacle existed.(if you are interested, the instructions for its construction are in Exodus 26 and chapter 40). God was here with the people of ancient Israel:.Exodus 29:43; 33:9,10; 40:38.

Emmanuel willingly made available a gift for all accepting it, a gift often called by many, a sacrifice:.Hebrews 9:26 "...once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.".It was a gift and also a sacrifice. The sacrifice was His time away from His Father:.John 17:5 "And now, O Father, glorify me with you in the glory we had before the world was.".His gift was salvation for all.

Sacrifice is the giving up of something in order to gain something:.John 3:16.

In Old Testament times there were various physical sacrifices in the form of offerings for different sins and offerings made as an expression of thanksgiving:.Leviticus 4:2,3; 5:1-6; 6:1-3. In addition to these there were numerous laws. All together these onerous obligations counted to be over 600. The ancients to whom these burdensome instructions were given agreed to follow them all, but seldom did and even then only intermittently

If one sinned in this Old Testament, he was obligated to sacrifice an animal, to spill its blood as it were. In this his punishment was transferred to the animal. This showed that breaking God's law required a blood sacrifice and this pointed forward to the ultimate sacrifice where the blood of Emmanuel the Christ would spill and cover all sins for all time; past, present and future ones. 

The pagans.back then also had their own set of sacrifices, along with all their idols and practices.

Although sacrifice to the true Creator was willingly done in appreciation before the time of Moses.(Hebrews 11:4; Genesis 8:20; 15:1,9), God didn't institute the practices of various sacrifices until the time of the Mosaic Law:.Jeremiah 7:22. Here a tribe of ancient Israel, the Levites, were shouldered with the carrying out of all the rites involved in service to the people.

Easton's Dictionary:."In the Mosaic period of Old Testament history, definite laws were prescribed by God regarding the different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered and the manner in which the offering was to be made. The offering of stated sacrifices became indeed a prominent and distinctive feature of this whole period. They were only the "shadow of good things to come".(Hebrews 10:1).and pointed the worshippers forward to the coming of the great High Priest who, in the fullness of the time" was offered once for all to bear the sin of many".(Isaiah 53:12). Sacrifices belonged to a temporary economy, to a system of types and emblems which served their purposes and have now passed away. The "one sacrifice for sins".(Hebrews 10:12).has "perfected for ever them that are sanctified".(Hebrews 10:14).

"Sacrifices were of two kinds: 
1. Unbloody, such as (1) first-fruits and tithes; (2) meat and drink-offerings and (3) incense.
2. Bloody, such as (1) burnt-offerings; (2) peace-offerings and (3) sin and trespass offerings."

The physical sacrifices mentioned in the Old Testament are all now taken away.."The Old Testament sacrifices only freed the outward man from ceremonial uncleanness and fitted him for some outward privileges. What gave such power to the blood of Christ? It was Christ's offering himself without any sinful stain in his nature or life. This cleanses the most guilty conscience from dead and/or deadly works."....Matthew Henry's Commentary.

Matthew Poole's Commentary.adds:.Ephesians 2:22; Hebrews 8:2; 2Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 2:20

Mark 14:58; Acts 7:48; 17:24.

Hebrews 9:9 "Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience."

The sacrifices listed within the Mosaic Law in the Old Testament could not take away sin. They only 'covered' them.(Hebrews 10:1-4).till the time when Christ would make it all permanent:.Leviticus 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood. And I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls. For it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul."

Only the the blood of Christ coming so many years later than the type of it as exemplified with those ancient sacrifices for atonement, could take away sin and make permanent atonement for the soul:.2Corinthians 5:21 "For he.(Father-Creator, God).has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

It was the ancient priests' job to make a complete atonement.annually for the people's sins against God, those ones which were covered during the year as they sinned from day to day:.Leviticus 16:33,34 ".....And this is an everlasting.(as long as present conditions were extant).statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.(1, 2).".Hebrews 9:7,12  ".....But into the second.(second part of the ancient temple they used back then, called 'the holy place':.Hebrews 9:2,3).went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people....."

Christ in the physical form of Emmanuel, purified us by gift of His life.(and just.how did that work?).not just purified the physical but all beyond the physical, the consciousness of existence which are the invisible fields beyond matter supporting all matter and energy in the universe with their designed patterns, all now purified and which we can enter, as this is all a thing of the mind:.Hebrews 9:23,24; 4:6,10; 9:12; 10:10,12,14; 10:19; 4:2,11; 3:19; 2Peter 1:10; Philippians 4:7. We enter it through belief.

The ancient priests were to care for the things of the tabernacle:.Leviticus 24:3,4; Numbers 1:50. And so on.
   With Christ, all this changed:.Hebrews 7:12; 8:1,2

Back then they were only required to atone for sins.annually! And now, with Christ's nature in us and Him having taken away all sin for all time, false ministers are telling spiritual persons of love.(called Christians in the Holy Bible).to "daily.work to eradicate sin" and "be sorry.daily.for it", "fight the devil" and similar such things; the truth being that, thanks to Christ, the effect of sin and the devil.has been defeated. Why not tell congregations the truth that all sins are covered by the blood of Christ Emmanuel for all time? Why indeed?

The sacrifices under the old covenant were continually offered. Not so under the new:.Hebrews 9:28

Paul here in this book of Hebrews contrasts the Old Testament priesthood and its rituals with the priesthood of Christ, showing that Christ's sacrifice and priesthood was so much greater, you might as well forget the other:.Hebrews 10:1,3,9,11,12,14
   Verses 17,18 especially show how much greater Christ's sacrifice was in comparison to the Old Testament sacrifices.
 


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