As a born-again believer, do you realize what Christ’s death on the cross actually accomplished? Not only did His death provide forgiveness for our sins, but He also opened the door for us to go straight to God for our needs and communication! No longer do we have to have a high priest as our mediator.

Old Testament saints did not have direct access to God. They couldn’t go to God directly for forgiveness for their sins. Their high priest would go through the veil into the Holy of Holies and there he would give the petitions to God on the people’s behalf.

We, on the other hand, are so totally blessed! Christ provided the perfect sacrifice so we no longer have to get a spotless lamb to be offered on our behalf. He was the perfect and spotless Lamb – provided by God Himself for our benefit!

Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

Christ’s flesh became that veil for us. It was His flesh given for our sins and literally tore the veil in the temple in two when He gave His own veil, His own flesh, for our sins. Now He sits at the right hand of the Father and mediates for us so that the devil does not have a leg to stand on when it comes to our sins. Jesus can turn to His Father and say, “Kate’s penalty for her sin has been paid by Me!” Christ took care of all that for me. 🙂

Hebrews 1:3 – Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Jesus’ death and resurrection gave us direct access to the Father in Heaven. Today’s graphic is a beautiful depiction of that. Christ is our bridge – His righteousness is over us and when the Father in Heaven looks upon us, He sees the righteousness of His beloved Son! We can turn to the Father as a child turns to his earthly father! The Old Testament saints lived in fear of God but we have been adopted into His family and can come crying to Him with peace and comfort in our hearts for He hears us as a father hears his children!

Romans 8:15 – For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Because of Christ, we are not longer under the bondage of the powers of darkness but we are now part of the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ!

Colossians 1:13 – Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Ephesians 2:15 – Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

Praise the Lord that we are no longer under the Law but are adopted into the family of God and can now be called sons and daughters 🙂 We have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!

Galatians 4:5 – To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Aren’t you thankful, too? There’s so much more than just salvation in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection! There’s a direct access to the Heavenly Father and we can turn to Him as a child turns to his/her Daddy. What a beautiful picture indeed!

Psalm 110

A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
the conquest
5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

What a beautiful prophetic Psalm! David outlines both of the Messiah’s roles as Priest and King! No Old Testament King was ever a priest as well. Jesus fulfilled the priestly role in that He died for our sins, arose from the dead and now sits in Heaven making intercession for us! The Book of Hebrews explains Christ as our High Priest so well:

~Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

~Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

~Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

~Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.

~Hebrews 10:11-13 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.

~Hebrews 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;

Christ is our High Priest who offers Himself as the sacrifice for our sins (Heb. 2:17). He did this once for all who would accept Him as Saviour. His sacrifice is not one that has to be offered daily or annually (Heb. 10:12). His sacrifice is perfect because He is perfect.

The Christian has more to look forward to! We long for the day when Christ will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim. 6:15, Rev. 15:3, Rev. 17:14, Rev. 19:16)!

How love the Word of God is from cover to cover! Within the pages of Psalms, we can see what God has in store for us and it brings encouragement to our spirit! Praise ye the Lord!

(Joh 8:45-47) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (45) Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (46) He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. (47)(1 Jn 4:6) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We hear God’s Word because we have been born again and we possess the Holy Spirit in our lives. He, the Holy Spirit, will teach us about Jesus Christ and God’s will for us and He will guide us into all truths.

(Joh 14:17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.(Joh 15:26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

(Joh 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

The Spirit of God is what convicts us and shows us what we must do in our lives. Seven times, Christ tells us to listen to the Spirit!

(Rev 2:7) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.(Rev 2:11) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

(Rev 2:17) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

(Rev 2:29) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(Rev 3:6) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(Rev 3:13) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

(Rev 3:22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

It is clear that we must listen to the Holy Spirit of God, not only for salvation but for our spiritual growth. The same Spirit that spoke to Elijah speaks to us in that still small voice. (1 Ki 19:12) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. The born again believer has access to the Throne of God because of the mediating power of Jesus Christ. Six times the Word states that He is our mediator.

(Gal 3:19) Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.(Gal 3:20) Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

(1Ti 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

(Heb 8:6) But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

(Heb 9:15) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

(Heb 12:24) And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

I love the depiction of the cross of Christ joining the great gulf between earth and Heaven, don’t you? It speaks volumes, doesn’t it? I also love the fact that Christ did not leave this earth and leave us with nothing but a memory. He left us with His Holy Spirit to guide, direct, teach, pray for us, and speak to us. We are not left on our own but we have God Himself living within us!

(Rom 8:26) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. and (Rom 8:27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. We do not need anyone else to make intercession for us because we have God Himself, through the Spirit of Christ, making intercession to the Father for us.

Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, has saved us – once for all – to the uttermost – forever! I don’t need to worry if I’m saved one minute and not the other. Christ’s shed blood at Calvary saves to the uttermost. It is accepting this gift and repenting from our wicked ways that allows us to be able to claim this promise!

(Heb 7:24) But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

(Heb 7:25) Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

(Heb 7:26) For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

(Heb 7:27) Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

(Heb 7:28 ) For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

Praise be to God in the Highest!!!

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