Thought for the day

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].

Jesus sat down

3 chairsHebrews 10:9-14 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

The act of sitting down is a posture of rest, peace and of being still. However, Hebrews 10:12 speaks of a rest and posture that only Jesus could obtain. A sitting down that has established eternal, perfect and complete rest. A rest that has brought God’s children to complete holiness unto Himself.

Hebrews 10:9-14 speaks of the ultimate and perfect sacrifice of Jesus which was for the forgiveness and atonement of all sins. However, the old testament act of sacrificing a perfect animal to atone (Leviticus 17:11, 16:20-22, 16:15) for our sins was imperfect; for the act was performed over and over for the atonement of sin. Thus, there could never be complete rest and forgiveness of sin. It’s like a sore that never heals. You have to keep changing the bandage to treat the sore.

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, you and I have been made the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus for eternity (2 Corinthians 5:21)! Thus, when God looks at us, He does not see sin according to Old Testament terms; He sees His good and perfect son Jesus Christ.

Jesus sat down so we could stand up in complete confidence to our true identity in Christ (Galatians 3:26). No longer are we to hang our heads in shame for pass, present or future mistakes. We are declared righteous because of Jesus and Jesus alone…period!

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