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Beatitude Series #8: Our Merciful God

God is rich in mercy. Ephesians 2:4-5 Psalm 103:8-18 Psalm 136 We see evidences of His mercy every day. Lamentations 3:22-23 We are surrounded by His mercy. Psalm 23:6 32:10 His mercy is eternal. Psalm 136.

A Twin of Grace

Mercy is a twin and companion of grace. I Timothy 1:2 II Timothy 1:2 Titus 1:4 II John 3. Mercy is an outgrowth of God's grace. Ephesians 2:1-10 God in His grace sees us in our lost condition and in His mercy does something about it.

God's mercy does not overlook sin.

God's righteousness and holiness cannot overlook sin; therefore, the only way God can forbear punishing us for our sins is to pour out that punishment on an innocent, undeserving victim. In Old Testament times that wrath and punishment was poured out on innocent animals that were sacrificed by the priests in the temple. The blood of these innocent victims was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat, a covering for the Ark of the Covenant which was a sacred piece of furniture that rested in the Holy of Holies in the Temple. Exodus 25:17-22 Leviticus 16:1-15 Leviticus 17:11. This was God's meeting place for sinful man and the meeting was made possible through the shed blood of the sacrifices.

Animal blood does not save.

Of course, the blood of animals did not take away sin. It did not cleanse the conscience, It only covered sin temporarily. These sacrifices had to be repeated year after year. That's why in the fullness of time God in His grace and mercy sent His Son Jesus into the world as a human baby, born of the virgin Mary who had been impregnated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus came as the sinless Lamb of God to offer His blood on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins. Read Hebrews 10 carefully and ask God to show you the meaning of Christ's sacrifice for you. Notice that this sacrifice is never again to be repeated. It is the once for all, final sacrifice for sin forever. That's why we do not offer the body and blood of Christ in our communion services. That was offered once for all two thousand years ago. Instead, we remember His shed blood and broken body when we take the communion elements as Jesus taught us in Luke 22:19-20 " And Jesus took bread and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them saying, "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper saying, "This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you."

Sacraments do not save nor make us holy.

We are not saved nor kept saved by taking Communion. Eating and drinking the elements do not save. Only faith in the sacrifice of Christ Himself saves us. As Christians, we gladly observe the Lord's Supper as a memorial to the sacrifice Jesus endured for us on the cross. Let us never forget it.

Have you received God's mercy?

Have you come as a sinner to God, resting in the finished work of Christ? Have you received the grace and mercy of God by receiving The Lamb of God as your sacrifice for sin?

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March 7, 2006 - Posted by | Beatitudes Series

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