ATONEMENT: OUR NEED
A New Teaching Article
Salvation and sanctification are being redeemed from sin and brokenness, and being cleansed from all unrighteousness. As followers of Christ, our salvation and sanctification is progressive. This means we are coming gradually closer to God and changed more into the image of Jesus Christ every day.
Salvation and sanctification are the solution to all of humanity’s problems. But the solution is meaningless if you do not define the problem. The problem with humanity, individually and collectively, is sin.
The Bible’s definition of sin is given in Romans 3:23. It states there that ”…all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
We may not all have killed someone, committed adultery, been fraudulent, stolen, robbed, lied, cheated or whatever you think is the ultimate “no-no” (or, we might have). But we ALL certainly have done ONE THING since the First Adam:
We have all turned to our OWN WAY, which is not God’s Way. The human problem is universal.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:6 KJV
God describes “going your own way” as iniquity. The root problem of humanity is rebellion against God.
Sin is not necessarily committing some terrible crime or treason. It’s failing to give GOD His rightful place in our lives, leading lives that withhold from God the GLORY that is due to Him.
Going back to the feasts of God, God calls us to submit ourselves entirely to the contemplation and inner realization of those ideals that lay at the foundation of these divine appointments.
The seven Old Covenant feasts not only point to Jesus Christ, but are His “Appointments” which call us from our everyday life to halt and dedicate ourselves and all our spiritual activities to Him.
The holy days interrupt the ordinary occurrences and activities of our life and give us the Spirit, Power and Consecration for the FUTURE God has for us by reviving those principles upon which our whole life is based upon. I call this, ‘bringing us back to our “CORE.”’
Celebrating God by recognizing the contemplation that occurs on the holy days eradicating the bad consequences of past activity that is deadly to the body and spirit. This gives way to restoring us and giving us the hope of blessing.
The holy days bring us back to the “Spirit” and clear the clutter and debris from life. They are expressions of our worship. The Word of God says that the feasts are eternal –to be kept forever.
“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep
it a feast to the lord throughout your generations.
You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance”
The feasts of Israel were built on the foundation of God’s blood covenant with mankind. They were physical “rituals” to help the people of God understand and align with spiritual truths.
We know that we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are not REQUIRED to follow the ancient blood sacrifices for our sins to be atoned (James 2).
When we consider the absolute PURITY and holiness of Jesus, we cannot even begin to comprehend what was involved in making His body THE SIN OFFERING for all of HUMANITY.
“God made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him…”
2 Cor 5:21
Psalm 130:7 says, “With Him is abundant redemption.” In other words, Jesus not only paid, but overpaid for our redemption!
God has set a meeting place for you….to meet Him at the mercy seat on His day of Atonement and experience His love for you in a brand new way!