The Power of Grace Ministries

June 24

Man’s efforts are futile at pleasing God as a means of any kind of payback for what God did for us through Jesus’ death on the cross.  God does not desire our sacrifices; He desires us. There is a huge difference. One is a state of doing which only keeps us focused on our flesh. The other is a state of being which keeps us focused on the spirit. The state if being a child of God has already been spiritually established by Jesus’ perfect work on the cross. 

Hebrews 10: 4
, 4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

 

                For starters we must remember what God spoke over man in the beginning. In Genesis 1:28 God gave man dominion over all the fish in the sea, birds in the air, and every living creature that moves on the earth. Man’s value is far greater that the value of any creature. We must also remember that God made man in His own image. Finally I want to remind you that in any economy you cannot pay for anything with something of less value. What does this mean; because of the value God has placed on man there is no way any animal sacrifice could be the value of a single man’s life.

 

                We must also remember that to have dominion over anything does not give the right to abuse it, but in fact one must care for those whom he has dominion over. If you read Genesis 1:29-31 it is clear that the original plan for man was never to eat the animals nor the animals eat each other in what is called today, the food chain. It is apparent from the actions God took to physically cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness that the fall of man also brought on death. Even more so the loss of blood was necessary to temporarily cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness caused by their sin and therefore animals were slain for the tunics of skin. Romans 8:19-22 tells us that the whole creation was subjected to futility and has eagerly waited for our revealing to the point of groaning with birth pangs until now. Why would the whole creation groan and pang waiting for now? What is the “now”, that Paul is referring to?

 

                None of what life is like with its strife, turmoil, disease, and death was a part of God’s original plan for His creation. Especially the continual sacrificing of animals, over and over and over for no real purpose, but to keep the children of Israel focused on their helpless state in life without the mercy of God. When Jesus died on the cross, His death not only paid for our sins, but it was the beginning of setting things back into the right direction of spiritual order. Instead of trying to hold on to or incorporate a portion of the Old Testament laws and even sacrificial ways of life, Christians need to full embrace the relationship with our God that Jesus paid for with His own blood. God truly prepared a human body for Him to enter into, and it was only through His perfection living as a man could He meet His perfect expectation. Meditate on what I just revealed; only God being perfect Himself could have ever met the perfect expectation He set forth for the children of Israel to follow. This is why I say that any form of legalism, whether it is from the Old Testament or worse from a man’s thinking, that man tries to incorporate into his walk with Jesus Christ only taints His perfect blood sacrifice.