One reason we are
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
will try you almost to the point of not being able to take it:.Matthew
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
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
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
Perhaps He is teaching the
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
Exposure to both good and evil is so you have an opportunity to overcome
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
and sufferings of life are needed or we would forever be locked into
ego level. If we thought nothing was wrong, why would we seek to correct
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
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
receive the promise of eternal inheritance." Hebrews
12:24 "And to Emmanuelthe
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
in the New), a tabernacle
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.
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.
is the giving up of something in order to gain something:.John
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
to follow them all, but seldom
did and even then
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.
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
7:22. Here a tribe of ancient Israel,
with the carrying out of all the rites
involved in service to the people.
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
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
"perfected for ever them that are sanctified".(Hebrews
"Sacrifices were of two
such as (1) first-fruits and tithes; (2) meat and drink-offerings and (3)
such as (1) burnt-offerings; (2) peace-offerings and (3) sin and trespass
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
2:22; Hebrews 8:2; 2Corinthians
5:5; Ephesians 2:20.
Acts 7:48; 17:24.
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
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
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,
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
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,
9:7,12 ".....But into the second.(second
part of the ancient temple
they used back then, called 'the holy place':.Hebrews
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
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
4:7. We enter it through belief.
priests were to care for the things of the tabernacle:.Leviticus
24:3,4; Numbers 1:50. And so
Back then they were only
required to atone
And now, with Christ's nature in us and Him having taken
away all sin for all time,
ministers are telling spiritual persons of love.(called
in the Holy Bible).to
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
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
17,18 especially show how much greater Christ's sacrifice was
in comparison to the
Old Testament sacrifices.