Todays tought (June 2) Repenting whilst eagerly waiting for Christ’s return

Early in Acts we read of Peter preaching,

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out” (3:19).

All who do this should be “eagerly waiting for him” ready for when he comes “to save those who” are doing this, with oil in the lamps, ready to cry,

‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him’” (Matthew 25:6).

The one we should be looking at and hoping for is a high priest who sits on the right side of God’s Majesty.  Our high priest serves [ministers; performs priestly service] in the Most Holy Place [sanctuary; L holy things], the true ·place of worship [Tabernacle; Holy Tent; Ex. 33:7] that was made by the Lord, not by humans. (Hebrews 8:1-2)

Mankind has to know that every high priest has the work of offering [is appointed to offer] gifts and sacrifices to God. So our high priest must also offer something to God [L have something to offer]. People who think Jesus is God forget that what Jesus then would have done would have no value then, because God cannot be tempted and God can not die, so then Jesus would have offered some theatre-play which could be avoided by God having taken straight ahead action in the Garden of Eden. When God would have come down to earth so many centuries later and still lets us suffer so much after he would have faked his death, than he would be a very cruel god. Then he would not have brought any offer, and what would be the use to have brought an offer to himself? How can one do that?

Those who believe in Jesus being God should wonder how he then can be a priest for himself. They should know that the priestly work [service; ministry] that has been given to Jesus is much greater than [far superior to] the work that was given to the other priests we got to know from Scriptures as well as the later priests who can only be a copy [model; prototype] and a shadow of what is in heaven (Hebrews 8:5-6).

The world has received the sent one from God and can choose to follow him, believing his words and the Words of his heavenly Father. He in his function is an example [illustration; symbol] for the present time, showing that the gifts and sacrifices offered cannot make the conscience of the worshipper perfect [clear; pure]The Nazarene man of flesh and blood entered the greater and more perfect tent [T tabernacle] not made ·by humans [L with hands] and does not belong to this world [creation; created order]. Christ entered the Most Holy Place [sanctuary; L holy things; T Holy of Holies] only once — and for all time [L once for all; 7:27; 10:10]. He did not take with him [L …not by means of] the blood of goats and calves. His sacrifice was [L …but by means of] his own blood, and by it he ·set us free from sin forever [L obtained/secured eternal redemption/liberation].

Those who believe Jesus is God should wonder why and how God could make an offer for Himself and how much more could be done by the blood of Some One Who according to the Scriptures has no blood, flesh or bones being a Spirit. They should know that it was a real man of flesh and blood who put his own will aside (when he would be God he would have always done his own will) to do the Will of God, offering himself through a “spiritual” and eternal sacrifice, as a perfect [unblemished] sacrifice to God (and not to himself, what it would have been if Jesus is God). Jesus his blood [C signifying his sacrificial death] will make our consciences ·pure [cleansed] from useless acts [or acts that lead to death; L dead works; 6:1] so we may ·serve [worship; offer priestly service for] the living God. (Hebrews 9:14)

In Christ Jesus we do have the blood that begins [that seals/confirms; L of] the Agreement [Covenant; Contract] that God commanded us to obey [keep; Ex. 24:8]. (Hebrews 9:20) We know that the Messiah is the mediator of a new covenant; so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance promised them, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the offences committed under the first covenant.  (Hebrews 9:15)

The law says that almost everything must be made clean [purified; cleansed] by blood, and sins cannot be forgiven without blood to show death [the shedding of blood; C signifying death to pay the penalty of sin]. (Hebrews 9:22)

When we have sinned we should see that we have Christ who knows our heart and has already made a payment for our sins. Though that doe snot say we do not have to do anything. We should recognise that we have done wrong and we should repent. We should feel sorry for what we have done wrong and should try not to do such fault any more.

Christ came [appeared] only once and for all time [once for all; 7:27; 9:12, 26; 10:10] at the end [culmination; climax] of the present age [time; L the ages] to take away all [nullify; abolish] sin by sacrificing himself. We should be thankful that he wanted to endure such pain and wanted to give his body for us.

Having faith in Jesus Christ, believing he is the sent one from God and the one who really died for our sins, who now is the high priest for God and the mediator between God and us, we may count on him and trust the Scriptures that he he will come [appear] a second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28)

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Today’s Thought “To save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (June 02)

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