so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him

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27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28
 
When Jesus came to earth the first time He came as a suffering servant with the purpose of laying down His life for humanity. The only way that we could be saved is that God Himself lay down our life for us because He alone is perfect. It would also require that God Himself because fully man because it is only through blood that forgiveness of sins can be found.
 
But there is a day coming in which the Lord shall return. This is our hope as believers on a daily basis. This life and journey with Christ is not an easy one. We are continually being refined and transformed into the image of Christ which requires that our flesh be crucified.
 
Many mock the soon return of the Lord and simply look at it as if it is only a fairy tale. But many will weep and mourn when He returns because they will see that He alone is truly the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In His grace and mercy He has given people time to repent of their wickedness. But that time is drawing to a close. As believers we must examine our hearts daily and remove anything from our life that would hinder our relationship to Him.
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Hebrews 6:1-8

Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.  Hebrews 6:1-8

This is a warning to believers of the importance of growing and maturing in our relationship with God.  We are called to abide in Christ on a daily basis.  We are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.

Those who would begin with Christ and then begin to chase after the ways of the world and abandon the Lord, place themselves in danger.  Sin is deceptive and we are called to walk according to the Spirit.  For when we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit we will not gratify the lust and desires of the sinful nature.

As we walk each day following the leading of the Holy Spirit our desire for the Lord and His kingdom continues to increase.  We are transformed into the image and character of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.  As this happens we desire to abandon the things of sin and the world.

But those who would begin with Christ and then turn back to the world play a very dangerous game.  For it is the Holy Spirit who draws us near unto the Lord and it is important we heed the drawing of the Holy Spirit because when we rebel and reject the leading of the Holy Spirit we begin to harden our heart towards the Lord.

Let us heed the warnings of the Lord in His word.  Let us take seriously what God’s word has to say.  The culture of our day rejects God and His kingdom.  We are not called to align ourselves with this world and its ways.  We are called to repent and turn from this world.  May we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 11:6

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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

It is impossible to please God without faith.  Salvation is based upon faith in Jesus Christ alone.  It is not based upon works or performance.  For if righteousness and salvation were based upon works and performance, man would have something to boast about.

But without Jesus Christ we are spiritual bankrupt.  God rewards those who diligently seek Him.  Being diligent speaks of continual pursuit of Almighty God.  When we come to Christ and make the decision to follow Him that is only the beginning.  The decision to follow Christ is a decision to walk with Him on a daily basis and to continually seek after Him with our whole heart.

When we come to God we must believe that He exist.  There are many in the world who reject the existence of God.  They believe that the world revolves around them and they don’t believe they are accountable for the way they live their lives.  But all will stand before God some day and give an account of the way they have lived their lives.  They will give an account as to whether or not they truly made Jesus Lord and Savior of their lives.

A decision to follow Jesus Christ is a decision to abandon our lives unto God.  We decide to deny ourselves and pick up our cross.  For in following Jesus Christ our lives no longer belong to us.  When we come to Christ our lives belong to Him and the driving force of our lives is the will of Almighty God.

 

Hebrews 7:23-25

23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. 24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:23-25

Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father.  He lives forever more.  The priest under the Old Covenant had to replace when their time as priest came to an end.  Under the Old Covenant the priest the mediator between God and man.  But under the New Covenant Jesus is the mediator between us and our Father in Heaven.  The precious blood of Jesus enables us to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence and without fear.

It is by the grace and mercy of God that we are saved.  It is by God’s grace and His power that we are held close to the Lord.  We are not saved by our works and our right standing with God is not based upon our performance.  It is based upon our faith in Christ Jesus.  As we grow with Him we are transformed into His character and His nature.

May we fix our eyes on Jesus each day.  May we seek Him with our whole heart and remove from our lives anything that would hinder our walk with Him.  He is coming soon and He returns for a bride who is prepared and ready.  He returns for a bride that seeks Him with her whole heart.

So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many

so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Hebrews 9:28 NKJV

The first time Jesus came He came as a humble servant who came to give His life for all humanity.  He laid His life down willingly and took the punishment that we deserve.  There is nothing that we can do to earn God’s love, grace, and mercy.  We are simply called to draw near with confidence to the throne of grace because our sins have been forgiven and they no longer remain.

He is faithful and just to forgive our sins when we ask for forgiveness.  Often times the enemy will try to paralyze us by reminding us of our past and someone how make us believe that our sin remains.  But in Christ our sins are forgiven.  In Christ we are set free not because we feel like we are free, but because the truth of God’s word says so.

There shall come a day when the Lord shall return for His bride.  He shall return a second time unto the earth to establish His kingdom upon the earth.  Until that day we are called to be busy with the work of God’s kingdom.  We are called to fix our hearts and our minds upon Jesus.  As we fix our eyes upon Jesus and draw near to the Lord we are transformed by the power and might of the Holy Spirit.  This journey with Christ is simply about being transformed into His image.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.     Hebrews 11:1

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.  We live by faith and not by sight.  What this truly means is that we live as if it has already happened and God has already moved before He actually has.  It is basing our trust in His promises and His word.  Letting go of feelings and emotions and keeping our eyes fixed upon Jesus alone.  The enemy will try to overwhelm us with doubt and discouragement.  Theses are the fiery arrows of the enemy.  Every thought concerning discouragement and doubt is simply a lie from the mouth of Satan.  God will fulfill His every promise and no matter how long we are called to wait we must hold fast to the faith that we have.

Waiting can be very difficult on the promises of God but there is a deep work that God does in the waiting.  In the waiting our hearts and lives are transformed.  Everything in our flesh wants things to happen right away, but there is a deep purpose in the waiting.  God has called us to wait and has promised to move in His due time.  No matter how much discouragement, doubt, and unbelief you may be experiencing understand that you are not alone.  It simply takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.  Hold fast my friends and continue to press into the Lord and in the place of prayer.  God will move in due time.