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The Wednesday Word: The High Priest who Purged our Sins

September 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Hebrews 1:3, “Who by Himself purged our sins.”

What a stunning statement. Jesus, our High Priest, purged our sins. In other words, He removed them! That’s the kind of High Priest we need. Let any other religious leaders try to do this and their efforts will come to nothing. Buddha could not take away the sins of his people. Mohammed didn’t eradicate the sins of his followers. But, Christ Jesus, our High Priest, by Himself, purged our sins.

When Jesus purged the sins of His people, it was the fulfillment of that which had been pre-figured in the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:30). On that day, Israel was temporarily cleansed from her sins. Now, fast forward to Calvary. There, Jesus, by Himself, permanently purged our sins. He is the fulfilment and the reality of the great Day of Atonement.

But, how did He purge our sins? By His teaching? No! By His Doctrine? No! By His Spirit? No! He purged our sins, “By Himself.” What an excellent word! “Himself.” Some Bible versions leave it out, but it is Gospel Truth. Take these verses, for example. “Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:22). “By His own blood, He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:12). “…..how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience (Hebrews 9:14)?”

By Himself, He purged our sins. All that He had and all that He was, He gave as our ransom.

By Himself, He purged our sins. What power! Think about it, He purged our sins before we had ever committed them. Before we had ever sinned, he fully exercised His ministry of purging. What authority, ability and grace! What a Saviour!

There’s an ancient fable that tells of how Hercules cleaned out the Augean stable. But, think about it,… that was an easy task compared to the purging of our sins. The stench of our sins was fouler than the most putrid of dunghills, Yet Jesus purged our sins, by Himself.

Who was this man, this Priest, who purged our sins? He is the heir of all things. He is the brightness of the Father’s glory and the express image of his person (Hebrews 1:2-3). He is the eternal God made flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). He is the one who was and is uniquely God and Man. He is not only our High Priest but also our Prophet and King. He offered Himself. The entire Christ was offered by Christ Himself!

He was High Priest, the Lamb, the Altar and the Sacrifice. It was His blood, His life, which was poured out. Because of that purging of our sins, by Jesus, our High Priest, both God and the believer can righteously approach each other and meet face to face. The distance between us has been destroyed. It has disappeared.

The sins are gone.

The guilt has gone.

The condemnation has gone.

The separation has gone.

The one sacrifice has been made and accepted. Christ, by Himself, purged our sins. It is finished!

Our approach to God is now secure. The High Priest has purged our sins. The door to eternity is open. The High Priest has purged our sins. The veil is torn from the top to the bottom. The High Priest has purged our sins. The dread of God has been removed, the hiding is over, because our priest, by Himself has purged our sins.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

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The Wednesday Word: Noah, the Big Boat and the Blood!

Just about everyone knows the story of Noah and the Big Boat! There’s an endearing little children’s song about it that goes; “The animals went in two by two, hurrah, hurrah! The elephant and the kangaroo, hurrah, hurrah! They all went in just to get in out of the rain.” But of course, the song, cute as it is, is nonsense. They didn’t go in two by two, only the unclean animals went in two by two —-the clean animals went in by 7s.

Why 7s? Simply this; when Noah got off the boat and placed his feet on dry land he planned to build an altar and offer blood sacrifices. And that’s exactly what he did! I like this man Noah; He built his altar before he built his home.

So let’s consider Noah’s blood sacrifice! He took animal number 7 out of the various ranks of the clean animals and sacrificed them. But why animal number 7? Because, number 7 is the number of spiritual perfection, and spiritual perfection points towards Christ.

For example, there were 7 days in the beginning of creation. The seventh day of rest declared that God’s creation works were finished and perfect.

There were 7 covenants mentioned in Scripture, the final one, the New Covenant, being the perfect one.
Joshua marched around Jericho 7 times.

7 priests with 7 trumpets also marched around Jericho and on the 7th day they marched around 7 times.

Naaman washed 7 times in the Jordan.

Elijah prayed 7 times.

Every 7th day was a Sabbath.

Every 7th year was a Sabbath year.

Every 7 times 7 years was a year of Jubilee.

Three of the feasts of Israel lasted 7 days.

Between the first and second feasts there were 7 days.

The term “First and the Last” is used 7 times.

There are 7 seals in the Book of Revelation.

There were 7 churches,

7 candlesticks,

7 stars,

7 spirits before the throne of God.

The Lamb had 7 eyes.

Before His crucifixion, Christ passed through 7 trials.

Christ gives seven petitions to His people in the Disciple’s Prayer

There were 7 accusations against Christ.

There were 7 testimonies to the innocence of Christ.

There were 7 questions from Pilate to Christ.

There were 7 sayings from the cross.

 

Here, at Noah’s blood sacrifice, it was the seventh animal that was sacrificed. This points to the perfection of Christ’s offering. We further see that after Noah’s blood sacrifice, the Lord promised blessing to mankind (Genesis 8:20-22). The nations of the world are, likewise, blessed because of Christ and the cross (Genesis 22:18; Galatians 3:14; 3:18). In Genesis 8:21, we also read that Noah’s sacrifice was ‘a sweet savour’ unto the Lord. It is no wonder then that we read in the New Testament that; “Christ hath loved us, and given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour;” (Ephesians 5:2).

On a very practical note, Noah’s sacrifice shows that Noah knew he still must approach God through shed blood. Noah didn’t get off the boat prideful that he and his family had been the ones chosen by God to be saved. Nor did he now presume on some new privileged relationship with God: Noah still knew himself to be a sinner, and thus he offered a blood sacrifice because it was the only appointed way he could approach the all- holy God.

In the same way, God has chosen us, not because we were better than our neighbours, but because of grace and grace alone. Even so, we will do well to remember that as we approach Him, we should do so exclusively through the blood of Christ. He alone is our perfect approach and acceptance before God.

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles McKee

 

Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre,

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

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Confession statement 18

Published in 1646

The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts.

CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists; published for the vindication of the truth and information of the ignorant; likewise for the taking off those aspersions which are frequently, both in pulpit and print, unjustly cast upon them. Printed in London, Anno 1646.

XVIII THIS priesthood was not legal or temporary, but according to the order of Melchisedek, and is stable and perfect, not for a time, but forever, which is suitable to Jesus Christ, as to Him that ever liveth. Christ was the priest, sacrifice, and altar: He was a priest according to both natures; He was a sacrifice according to His human nature; whence in Scripture it is attributed to His body, to His blood: Yet the effectualness of this sacrifice did depend upon His divine nature; therefore it is called the blood of God. He was the altar according to His divine nature, it belonging to the altar to sanctify that which is offered upon it, and so it ought to be of greater dignity than the sacrifice itself.

Heb.7:16, etc.; Heb.5:6, 10:10; 1 Pet.l:18,19; Col.1:20 22; Heb.9:13; Acts 20:28; Heb.9:14, 13:10.12,15; Matt.23:17; John 17:19.

The First London Baptist Confession 1644/46