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Why Do We Need Salvation (Continued)?

Why Do We Need Salvation?

"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God."

Psalm 62:7 (KJV)

Old Testament Offerings ...

After the sin of the man and his wife (Adam and Eve), their sons, Cain and Able, make offerings to God to have favor with him.

  • Genesis 4:1-7 (KJV) "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him."

God was pleased with Able's offering of what God had provided (the firstling of his flock) rather than the offering of Cain (the work of his hand's or fruit of the ground). Cain gave into his anger and slew Able (the first documented murder). For this sin (murder), God cursed Cain's future efforts to till the ground and grow food so that he would not be able to produce what he wanted and that anywhere he went, people would want to kill him. God also made it to where anyone that killed Cain would have God's vengenace sevenfold.

Mosaic Law:

  • The Mosaic Law, or the law given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai, served many purposes; however, the law was given as a formal structure of God's will for Israel in their service, reverence, and worship of Him. This law was NOT meant to "save" anyone. Salvation has ALWAYS been by God's grace through our faith. Hebrews 11 gives us New and Old Testament examples of Salvation through faith.
  • Two major parts of the Mosiac Law were the Sin Sacrifice and the Ceremonial service to God. Leviticus 4 explains that the Sin Sacrifice was for obtaining forgiveness for sins (NOT salvation, this is clarified in Hebrews 10 clarifies this point). The Ceremonial service to God took place as a proper and "pure" way to offer sacrifices and peace offerings unto God, primarily by the High Priest in the Holiest of Holies, separated from the world by the "veil" to keep it sacred--Holy, pure, and acceptable to God. It is imperative to read Hebrews 9 to understand how the sacrificial and ceremonial offerings of the Old Testament were concluded with the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

"Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 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. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 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."

The Law Was Fulfilled at the Cross...

God sent the ultimate blood sacrifice for the atonement of man's sins--the crucifiction of His son, Jesus Christ, on the cross of Calvary. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John bear witness to the Immaculate Conception of Jesus, His birth from the Virgin Mary (his mother), His life and ministry, His hicrucifiction, His death, and His resurrection the third day.

  • John 3:16-17 (KJV) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved."
  • Matthew 27:50-51 (KJV) "Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;" (Also Mark 15:38 and Luke 23:45 KJV)
  • Hebrews 10:18-20 (KJV) "Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

The Mosaic Law, or laws that required individuals to offer sacrifices (ceremonial) for the atonement of sins, was abolished at the cross and no longer needed after the crucifiction of Christ.

  • Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV) "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
  • Luke 24:44 (KJV) "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."
  • Ephesians 2:15-16 (KJV) "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; 16) And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:"

With the understanding of WHY we need salvation and that the Old Testament Law for sin atonement sacrifices has been abolished, how are we after the crucifiction of Christ to be saved?

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