Scripture Reading: Hebrews 7:19
In Hebrews 7:19, the writer is speaking of the contrast between the Law of Moses (which could never take away sins-Hebrews 10:14) and the Person of Christ (Who could justify anyone-Acts 13:39).
Throughout the Old Testament, Israel's hope was that their sins would be covered. On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest confessed his and Israel's sins before the Lord. The picture is that Israel's sins were placed in open view before God upon the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies; but when the High Priest poured the blood of the sacrifice overthe Mercy Seat, Israel's sins were covered. No longer could God see Israel's scarlet sins. He could only see the blood of the Sacrifice. Israel knew nothing of sins being taken away. This is why they did not understand when John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the "Lamb of God thattaketh away the sin of the world" (John 1 :29).
It was not until the revelation of the Mystery had been given to Paul that man learned that Christ's dying on the Cross was God's way of salvation. It was by the death of Christ that God could take away man's sins, never to remember them again (Psalms 103:12).
Nowhere in the Four Gospels will you read of the substitutionary death of Christ being the means of salvation. The twelve Apostles knew nothing of Christ dying for their sins. They saw the crucifixion as a murder Israel had committed (Acts 2:23, 3:14-15, 7:52) and one that needed to be repented of (Acts 2:37-38). It is only Paul who writes of the better hope that man has in Christ. What the Law could not do, Christ was able to do. Instead of doing the works of the Law, all a person need do today is BELIEVE that Christ was God's substitute Sin Offering, that He died for our sins, and that by believing on Him, we can have forgiveness of our sins (Romans 4:5).
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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