An offering for sin

jesus-404147_640Isaiah 53:10: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (KJV)

Jesus was an offering for sin, and we are meant to be offering of righteous, by the way we live our lives.

Paul wrote that our body should be living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1). That means holiness colours our work of service.

Talking about how well the church in Macedonia were involved in giving, Paul said: “they first gave themselves to God and then to us (2Corinthians 8:5).”

And when Jesus was saying that some will come to him at the end saying they have done great things in his service, he will say that he does not know them, calling them workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:16-22).

It is therefore not about what is done, but who is it doing it. Our lives impact on our service. Just as a sacrifice gives off an odour that God perceives according to the record of the bible, the smell of righteousness (or something else) affects God’s perception of our service. We may be celebrated by man and even get some results, but what man celebrates, may be up for punishment by God.

It is not just about what you do, it is about what kind of heart with which you do it, and note that God looks at the heart (1Samuel ), which is the place where holiness or unrighteousness flows from, according to the words of Jesus (Luke ). So he said: make the tree good and the fruit will be good, the fruit being the action and the tree the heart (Matthew 12:33).

In the Garden of Eden, the serpent, the devil, said all the right things to Eve, presenting himself as a good friends, who was only looking out for her. But it was coming from a “heart” full of poisonous venom. Jesus refused to commit himself to man because he knows what was in man (John 2:24-25).

So if God wants to really change man, giving him a new set of rules and regulation will not do, it is changing his nature, the answer is a new creature (2Corinthians 5:17). And in Jesus old things have passed away and all things become new and that starts with who we are on the inside. Paul said that none by following the law will gain the favour of God because God still looks at the heart and not at appearance.

A sacrifice is dead and Paul wrote that we have died with Christ nevertheless we live (Galatians 2:20). We have died to sin and the passion of the flesh and alive to righteousness. By faith, we identify with Christ in his death and in his resurrection life.

We should not forget that we are dead and are now alive in Jesus, dead to the works of the flesh and that sin shall no longer have dominion over us since we are not under the law but under grace. Grace empowers us, it is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 13:14), which is pour out to us in his death when he blood flowed out, and activated in us by his Spirit which he poured to us after his resurrection and ascension.

Jesus died because of our sin, and we should live because of his righteousness, constantly living in identification with his pain on the cross for our sin, through which he opened the gate of life to us. Paul said that in view of the mercy of God, in the payment for we should live as a sacrifice of righteousness, living in the consciousness that our life is longer our own. We should live for God, “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.”

Jesus became our sacrifice for sin so that we do not have to pay for our sins. Because of the intensity of the Holiness of God, there is no way we could save ourselves in our corrupt state.

Jesus says it makes no sense for a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul (Matthew 16:26). And Korah said that no one can give a ransom for the soul (Psalm 49:6-9).

So there was Jesus describing the high cost of the soul, saying that the whole world is not even as valuable as a single soul, and we have right now over seven billion souls on the earth.

It takes the blood of Jesus, to pay for the souls of men, and he can pay for it because he is not limited, being the creator.

The versions of Jesus that some people espouse as being a creature or angel Michael, would not be able to ransom men, so if you are a Jehovah’s witness, the Jesus Christ that you follow is not the saviour. If you are a problem with the concept of trinity (equality in the Godhead) then your salvation is suspect. The Jesus you believe in is not the true Jesus, if he is not eternal and endless.

It is then that it makes sense that the sacrifice of Jesus would be able to meet the salvation needs of all men all time.

We need to also put into cognizance the form of which man was made. Man was made in the image of God, he was made of a higher order than any of the other creatures (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-17). When we wake up to that reality we will realise that Jesus must be God or the salvation arrangement will fall flat on its face, it will fail before it even starts.

That is why Jesus is able to offer eternal salvation to those who believe in him. Man was made with the very life of God, with the breath of God. For someone to lose his life for us, and for that life to come into us (the whole mass of us), it needs to be eternal life. Eternal life means it cannot be measured, cut into measures. It does not have limits.

The very power of the transformation we need means Jesus must be of a higher order than man to save man. The bible says that the lesser is blessed by the greater (Hebrews 7:7).

Jesus is the Lord, and he is right now at the right hand of the father, who has told him, seat at my right hand till I make your enemy your footstool (Psalm 110:1). Jesus, therefore, must be of a higher order that the devil, and from bible records the devil was of the highest order of angels. And even when angel Michal confronted the devil, he had to respect his rank even though in a fallen state and said that “the Lord rebuke you (Jude 1:9).”

However, Jesus spoke directly to the devil and said: get behind Satan (Luke 4:8). Michael did not use that choice of words. Jesus could, and because we are of a higher order than the devil, the bible says we can resist the devil and he will flee from us.

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10 thoughts on “An offering for sin

  1. Your article starts very well but suddenly we are confronted with a strange phrase: “It takes the blood of Jesus, to pay for the souls of men, and he can pay for it because he is not limited, being the creator.” this gives the impression you are not referring to the new creation but to the First Creation and to God the Creator, but He is the Father of Jesus not Jesus himself!

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    1. Thanks for your comments.
      Please check Colossians 1:16, it said about Jesus: “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

      Jesus is God incarnate and he is not less God at his birth than he was when he created the world. The point that I was making in the sentence you highlighted, is that it is logical that we can be saved, billions (even limitless number) of people can be saved by Jesus even though he is one man, because he is also God. The point about his being the creator is not about when he created , but to show his capacity, God is by definition limitless, and if Jesus was not God, he would not be limitless and could not save multitudes of people. So if anyone says Jesus is not God, that means that person is not saved, because the Jesus that is not God cannot save from the unlimited wrath of an unlimited God, because he will be limited.

      See what the the bible says about Jesus in the book of Hebrews: Heb 7:25: Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

      Also read Acts 20:28 which talks about the blood of God: “Act 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”

      Thanks again for you comments.

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      1. The apostle Paul in his letter to Colossians does not say Jesus created everything but “for in him were all things created” In Jesus we can find the new creation. God at the fall in the Garden of Eden promised a solution for the curse of death. The seed of the woman, is the 2nd Adam. In him the creation continues. And as such “in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him” because by his death he gave way to the ending of God’s creation.

        John 1:3 All things were made through him; and without him {1 } was not anything made that hath been made. {1) Or was not anything made. That which hath been made was life in him; and the life etc }
        Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and unto him, are all things. To him be the glory {1 } for ever. Amen. {1) Gr unto the ages }

        Though we do have this new creation in Christ it is still the One God Who makes everything possible.

        1 Corinthians 8:6 yet to us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we unto him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we through him.

        You say yourself ” if Jesus was not God, he would not be limitless” but the Bible clearly show us that Jesus knew himself his limits and told us also about his limitations.
        Jesus clearly tells the world he can not do anything without the heavenly Father, Who is greater than him.

        “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28 Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing {1} in me; {1) Or [in me. But that…I do, arise etc]} 31 but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (John 14:27-31 ASV)

        “17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh even until now, and I work. 18 For this cause therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only brake the sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and greater works than these will he show him, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth the dead and giveth them life, even so the Son also giveth life to whom he will. 22 For neither doth the Father judge any man, but he hath given all judgment unto the Son; 23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father that sent him. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that {1} hear shall live. {1) Or [hearken]} 26 For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave he to the Son also to have life in himself: 27 and he gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.” (John 5:17-27 ASV)

        Clearly those passages show the difference between the two Biblical figures by which one is seated at the right hand of the other and has received gifts from the Most High Divine Creator Who is the Only One God, the God of Abraham to Whom Jesus also prayed and asked his followers to pray to.
        Jesus also knew Jehovah God is His and should be our boss.
        “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 ASV)
        “And when all things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 ASV)

        Jesus had also the limitation of being able to die, which God can not. Jesus had enough reason to be afraid for man and death, because he knew man could do him much and even kill him. God is not afraid of man and tells us man nor death can do Him anything.

        Why would God come to the earth so late in history, having had man suffer for such a long time and having them still suffer now and after World War III still have them to wait an other 1000 year before the full Kingdom of God shall be a holy sanctified place for only the chosen ones and those judged worthy by Christ Jesus?

        God is an all knowing god of order and clarity. Why would He be so unclear and give others the impression He is lying on several occasions? God tells us He cannot be seen by man or they would fall death, though many saw Jesus and did not fall death, the opposite some came to live again.
        God also tells us us He cannot be tempted, so what does He gain by faking His temptation in the desert after His baptism (for what reason?)? What is also the use of faking a death and a resurrection?

        About the lying you let us belief God did, because not telling the truth is called lying and is called sinning by God, Though Jesus in case He is God would have known everything, so did not have to study the Torah, and would have known when the end times would come, when he would come back and who would be seated next to him, though Jesus tells the people around him even he does not know that because only God knows such a thing. When he is God then again he tells not the truth so would be called lying and this would be according the bible sinning, though again God’s Word says Jesus could sin but did not.

        The Word of God says also that Jesus died (what God cannot do) and resided three days in hell. What use would it be to be three days in hell for God when God is everywhere in any case?

        Why would Jesus when he is a man not be able to save multitudes of people? Do you think God would not accept his offer?

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      2. About “Wherefore also he is able to save {1} to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. {1) Gr [completely]}” (Hebrews 7:25 ASV)

        We are given an indication that we can draw closer to God by Jesus.
        “For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of the {1} preaching to save them that believe. {1) Gr [thing preached]}” (1 Corinthians 1:21 ASV)

        Jesus came to preach on this earth to get people to recognise Who is the One they should worship. Lots of people thought wrongly also that the law made perfect, but they also went wrongly with this letter of the word of God and His commandments. Therefore also God brought into this world the son of man in the lineage of king David (so long born after Abraham and king David) and a bringing in thereupon of a better hope, through which we draw nigh unto God. In Jesus Christ we should have our hope. His resurrection is an example of what also can happen to us. In case he is God then there would not have been a real resurrection of the dead, because God is an eternal Spirit and once more that god would not have told the truth letting seen the wounds he incurred by his impalement and saying to his followers that they should belief because they saw not a spirit but a man of flesh and blood.

        The Bible gives us hope telling us that we may be sure that it was Christ Jesus who died and was taken up out of the dead, made higher than angels (though God is, was and always shall be the Most High), to appear before God and to sit at His right hand.

        “who is he that condemneth? {1} It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. {1) Or [Shall Christ Jesus that died, …us?]}” (Romans 8:34 ASV)

        “For Christ entered not into a holy place made with hands, like in pattern to the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear before the face of God for us:” (Hebrews 9:24 ASV)

        “{1} The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I put thine enemies underneath thy feet? {1) Ps 110:1}” (Matthew 22:44 ASV)

        “David himself said in the Holy Spirit, {1} The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies {2} the footstool of thy feet. {1) Ps 105:1. 2) Some ancient authorities read [underneath thy feet]}” (Mark 12:36 ASV)

        “And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Mark 14:62 ASV)

        “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken unto them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19 ASV)

        “For David himself saith in the book of Psalms, {1} The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, {1) Ps 110:1}” (Luke 20:42 ASV)

        “But from henceforth shall the Son of man be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” (Luke 22:69 ASV)

        “33 Being therefore {1} by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he hath poured forth this, which ye see and hear. {1) Or [at]} 34 For David ascended not into the heavens: but he saith himself, {1} The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, {1) Ps 110:1}” (Acts 2:33-34 ASV)

        “Him did God exalt {1} with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance to Israel, and remission of sins. {1) Or [at]}” (Acts 5:31 ASV)

        “55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:55-56 ASV)

        Are the Scriptures not telling us there is that son of man sitting next to God and not on god His throne to be a mediator between man and God?

        “For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, [himself] man, Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 ASV) {Please do notice how God’s Word itself says Jesus is a man and not the Spirit God, is it not?}

        “11 according to the {1} eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: {1) Gr [purpose of the ages]} 12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through {1} our faith in him. {1) Or [the faith of him]}” (Ephesians 3:11-12 ASV)

        “1 Being therefore justified {1} by faith, {2} we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ; {1) Gr [out of] 2) Many ancient authorities read [let us have]} 2 through whom also we have had our access {1} by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and {2} we {3} rejoice in hope of the glory of God. {1) Some ancient authorities omit [by faith] 2) Or [let us rejoice] 3) Gr [glory]; Ro 5:11; Heb 3:6}” (Romans 5:1-2 ASV)

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      3. Problem with a lot of bibles not placing God’s Name where it is in the original Scrolls and replacing His Name also with Lord with small letter lot s of people can not see the difference about whom is spoken at certain times.

        When you look at the original of Acts 20:28 it is clearly that is been spoken about the blood of the son of God and not about the blood of God, who as a Spirit has no flesh, no bones, no blood.

        The text does not say at all that it would be by God’s blood that we obtain overseers:

        Act 20:28 NET Watch out for109 yourselves and for all the flock of which110 the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,111 to shepherd the church of God112 that he obtained113 with the blood of his own Son.114

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      4. if I get you right, you do not believe Jesus is God. If so you are not saved, regardless of what you think you know and how much you think everybody is wrong. You are a definitely not saved. Period. Feel free to continue to argue about the way people translate the bible. Knock yourself out.

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  2. Why would you think I would not be saved. First Jesus died for all people and second those who believe in Jesus, like I do believe what is written in the Bible and what Jesus and God themselves say, and follow Jesus Christ, doing what he demanded, shall be saved, so this should not get me to worry on that point in case I follow the commandments of Jesus and the commandments of God.

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