What Jesus accomplished for us on the cross is eternal. We no longer need to strive here on earth to receive the grace from God that has already been given to us forever. As we walk in that grace we will be strengthened in our spirit man to overcome temptations in this life.
Ephesians 3:11-12 “11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him”.
To understand eternal we must first look back into Genesis at the original covenant between God and man as spoken to Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3 is where God laid out the covenant to Abraham and in doing so states “in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Many people believe that the covenant was between God and Abraham. If that were true the first time Abraham failed the covenant would be void. In order for a covenant to never become void, both parties in the covenant must remain true to the covenant. God cannot lie, (Titus 1:2), and Jesus did not fail when He came to earth to die for our sins. Now that they both sit in heaven, the covenant can never be broken. This means that for eternity, or as long as this earth remains, man has the ability to enter into this covenant that was first promised to Abraham. All that is needed to enter into this covenant is faith. What God accomplished in Christ is the payment for sin for all mankind. omans 6:2 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romans :2 tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of the ord. Since the wages of sin is death all mankind is worthy of death, but where there is no sin death has no authority. Jeremiah :8,” I will cleanse them from all their iniuity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. God is the one that made the way for us to be restored to our original position, and Jesus is the one that established it here on earth.
We no longer need to approach God with hesitation and fear of death. In the Old Testament Moses was the only person called to stand in the presence of God and yet when Moses asked to see God’s face he was told that to do so would mean certain death. God placed Moses in the crack of the mountain and covered Moses with His hand. After God went by He removed His hand allowing Moses to see His back and the glory of God was so strong on Moses after that, the children of Israel could not look upon the face of Moses without him wearing a veil over his face. (Exodus 33:18 34:35) To this day a veil lies over the heart of those who only study the Old Testament looking for their messiah that has already come, Jesus. (2 Corinthians 3:15) Faith in the covenant established between God and Jesus, for man’s salvation and restoration is where we should rest. Our walk is not one of working out salvation throughout actions, but by faith in Jesus. When we find that rest, we will also find the boldness given to us to come directly to God, not through a prophet as in the Old Testament. True there are prophets today and they serve a purpose in the church. However, when Christians look to today’s prophets for their answers from God instead of going directly to God, then they are settling for second best and are leaving themselves open for a man’s opinion and not allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth. Hebrews :11-16 “11 et us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”.
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