“And as it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” – Hebrews 9:27-28
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus kept the appointment with death on our behalf.
Forgiveness is used in present tense participle; used always for believers to forgive one another or others. But it is used or taught in the past tense and as a gift of God given without condition in the epistles. We may therefore need to ask, “Is forgiveness what God does or what He has done?” (Ephesians 4:32 says, “… God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”; Ephesians 4:7 says, “… they whose iniquities are forgiven”; Colossians 2:13 says, “…having forgiven you all trespasses”; and 1 John 2:12 says, “… because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake”. These all emphasize a past tense act which implies that forgiveness is not what God will do or what He does, but rather what He had done in Christ and for Christ’s sake. So forgiveness is not what God does neither is it an ongoing work; forgiveness is what God has done for us in Christ and it is received by faith. All who believed the Gospel had received forgiveness and have forgiveness as a present- day reality. Our theme text tells us that we were supposed to die for the sins we committed but Jesus kept the appointment with death for us. That verse of the scripture is not talking about another appointment with death for men because Jesus did that in our place. God desires that ALL be saved and He proved this when He became man to die in the place of man (1Timothy 2:4). It means that no matter who the person may be – a native doctor, a robber, killer, terrorist, rapist, kidnapper, ritualist, harlot, homosexual, atheist, drug addict etc., He can be saved if he believes in Jesus’ sacrificial death.
Again, our theme text tells us that Jesus was once offered to bear the sins of ALL: “…so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…”Christ did not only take the sins of the world upon Himself, He bore the judgment, verdict and punishment required for our freedom from sin. Note that it wasn’t the beatings of Jesus that saved us; if He bled for hours, hung on the cross without dying, there wouldn’t be salvation. “Our salvation is because He died, was buried and He resurrected”; the climax of our redemptive process was the fact that He resurrected. So Jesus kept the appointment with death as was required, for there to be salvation for ALL who believe in Him. Hallelujah. So if you believe in Jesus’ vicarious death and His resurrection and ascension, you are therefore eternally and completely saved. GLORY!
INSTRUCTION: You are eternally secured in Christ. Think about it.
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for your substitutionary work for my redemption that has brought my salvation, in Jesus name – Amen.
QUOTE: The climax of our redemptive process was the fact that Christ resurrected.
DAILY READING: MORNING: MORNING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 1JOHN CHAPTER 4