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Roman Catholicism #4: One Sacrifice Forever

 Dear Roman Catholic friend,  let me take you for a walk through the tenth chapter of Hebrews.   First, I recommend you read it alone, without my comments.  Now  having read it, let's take a closer look. 

vs 1. The writer of Hebrews speaks of the Old Testament ceremonial law with its Levitical priesthood, as  a shadow or type of good things to come. 

vs. 2-3 The ceremonial law with its animal sacrifices did not make the worshippers perfect, or it never would have been discontinued.  We would still be offering the blood of animals for our sins today. 

vs. 4  Though the blood of animal sacrifices temporarily atoned for the sins of the worshippers,  it was not possible for those animal sacrifices to change hearts and solve the sin problem.  The sinful worshipper went on sinning and continued offering the same sacrifices repeatedly.  His heart was not changed. 

vs. 5-6 This verse reminds us of a prophecy concerning Jesus back in Psalm 40:6-8 that explains how God the Creator, was given a human body through the womb of the virgin Mary.  This body was not normally conceived by sexual relations with a man.  God the Holy Spirit brought about the conception. See Luke 1:35.   Hebrews 10:5 tells us that the reason for the coming of Jesus was to do for us what no animal sacrifice could ever do. Jesus had to die for our sins because animals sacrifices were not accomplishing the heart change in our lives.  

vs. 7-9 In these verses we read of the glad response of Jesus to do His Father's will by coming as the perfect and complete  sacrifice for our sins.Read again Psalm 40:6-8. 

vs. 10-14  As you read this passage note the repeated reference to the ONE sacrifice for sin forever.  Christ offered His Body  ONCE on Calvary's cross two thousand years ago.  Three days later He rose from the dead. The cross  is empty.  Jesus no longer hangs there.  The sacrifice is NEVER to be repeated.  Yet in the Roman Catholic Church the sacrifice is repeated constantly in every MASS. 

Note the contrast in verses 11-12.  The Levitical priest could not take away sin with their animal sacrifices.  On the other hand,  Jesus' sacrifice of His own body took care of sins forever. Jesus cried out on the cross, "IT IS FINISHED!"  Because the sacrifice is complete,  Jesus presently sits on the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  

Again in verses 14 and 18 we are reminded that Jesus' one offering of Himself is all that is needed.  The sacrifice is complete.  There is no need for any more offerings for sins. There is no need for the offering of The MASS.  

In verse 16 and 17 we read of the New Covenant that was sealed with the blood of Christ.  The Christian has God's Law written in his heart. Because, we have put our trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross, our sins and iniquities are remembered no more.  God has blotted them out. Isaiah 44:22   They are buried in the depths of the Sea. Micah 7:19 

The rest of the 10th chapter of Hebrews invites us to enter into the presence of God, forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ.  Even our evil conscience  has been cleansed by His blood.  

Friend, read I Timothy 2:5-6. When you have Jesus as your Mediator and Saviour from sin, you need no other mediator; you need no other rites or sacrifices to come boldly before the throne of God.  Jesus is your Saviour.  He is your Life. Rejoice and worship Him today. 

April 26, 2006 Posted by | Roman Catholicism | Comments Off on Roman Catholicism #4: One Sacrifice Forever

Prayer series #3: Qualifications for Prayer

Since God is holy, He cannot look on sin. He cannot and will not listen to those who despise His Word and reject His Son.  He will not listen to the prayers of those who harbor grudges and malice towards others in their hearts.  He will not listen to anyone who has hidden, unconfessed sin.  Psalm 66:18; Proverbs 1:24-23; 28:9;  James 4:3  He will not listen to the prayers of married couples who are not living together in love and harmony. I Peter 3:7 

These are the prayers God hears and answers.

 God hears and answers the prayers of anyone who honestly seeks to know God and know the Truth. The problem is  no one seeks after God.  Romans 3:10-19.  In our natural condition we are all enemies of God and reject His salvation in Christ. Ephesians 2:11-18  God seeks after us.  We must seek Him while He may be found.  Isaiah 55:6-7  Those who desperately want the Truth will find it.  Cornelius, a Roman centurion did.  Read the amazing story in Acts 10 of how his prayer was answered.  Read in Acts 8:26-40 the story of how an Ethiopian eunuch who was seriously seeking for truth from God’s Word, came to know Christ    

1. God hears and answers the prayers of a  repentant sinner who asks God to save him and who puts his trust in Christ. John 1:12 

2. God hears and answers the prayers of a Christian who confesses his sins to God and who asks for forgiveness and cleansing.  I John 1:9;  Proverbs 28:13 

3. God hears the prayers of any Christian at any time and about any concern if that Christian is surrendered to the will of God and controlled by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Matthew 18:19-20;   John 15:16;   John 16:23-24;   Romans 8:26-28 

When God says NO to the request of a surrendered Christian, it is because God in His great  wisdom and love has something better for him. II Corinthians 12:7-10 

It is dangerous to insist on having your own way.  God may allow you to have your desire, but you will be sorry the rest of your life. Psalm 106:14-15  On the other hand, when one delights himself in God, God rewards him with the desires of his heart.  Psalm 37:4 

Prayer can be in private.  Matthew 6:5-6  and it can also be in public.  It is a great encouragement to others as we join together in united prayer.  Acts 12:12   That’s the main reason for our midweek prayer meeting.  It is often the most blessed service of the church and it is the source of power for ministry to others. . 

Let us always remember that God does not hear us because of our righteousness.

We have no right to approach God except through the righteousness of Christ imputed to us.  That’s why we come to God through Christ and in His name.  John 14:14 

My prayer for you, dear reader, is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church. I encourage you to read Ephesians 3:14-21  Take time to read this prayer  and  pray it for yourself and then for others.

April 26, 2006 Posted by | Prayer Series | Comments Off on Prayer series #3: Qualifications for Prayer