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THE PERFECT SACRIFICE


 

What is the perfect sacrifice?

Since coming into God's church, I have had a burning ambition. It has been my desire to be a man in whom there is no guile. Guile is a combination of slyness, sneakiness, craftiness, and deceit: Everything I hate.

 

God also hates guile.

 

Psa 32:2  Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

 

Nathaniel was a man with no guile.

 

Joh 1:47  Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"

 

I have found that over the years, I have had to fight the attributes of guile: quite often losing the battle.

 

There are many times in my life, that Jesus would have said to me ďbehold a man in whom there is guile.Ē 

 

The Apostle Paul was one of the most diligent of God's people, and he did things that he hated. The following scriptures mean what they say.

 

Rom 7:15  For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.

 

Godís people have an enemy, which we all seem to underestimate.

 

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 

We are powerless against this evil spirit being, and God is our only hope. It is a fact of life that we all do things that we hate.

 

1Pe 5:9  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

 

Paul realised that there is actually a law, which causes us to do those things that we hate.

 

Rom 7:21  I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.

 

These scriptures need to be understood. If we love the law of God, there is another law, which counteracts God's law. This is the law of sin.

 

Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.

Rom 7:23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

 

God the Father will deliver us from sin, through Jesus Christ. We can love God's law perfectly in our mind, and still sin with our flesh.  Even though we do not want to sin, and we wish to obey God, we still sin. 

 

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

Godís law is a spiritual law, but we are carnal and it is natural for us to sin.

 

Rom 7:14  For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

 

Adam had to choose between God and Satan; he chose the way of death. 

 

Jesus Christ had to choose between God and Satan; He chose the way of life.

 

When God calls us into His church; we have to choose between life and death. God wants us to choose life.

 

Deu 30:19  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

 

When God showed Adam the way to eternal life; Satan rose up to counteract God's way. Jesus Christ had to choose the way of His Father, and resist Satan who was there to tempt Him. 

 

At the time that we are called into God's church, and begin to obey God: Satan rises up against us. 

 

When we accept life, we then have to put off our human nature and put on God's nature. We have to love God's law and put off the law of sin.

 

Jesus Christ lived a perfect life, and was crucified and put to death. As we strive to become like Christ; we will also be persecuted. Satan tempted Christ; he will also tempt us. 

 

2Ti 3:12  Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

 

Godís people are given a choice between God's law and the law of sin, and God knows that we will sin.

 

Rom 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 

Even though we hate sin; we will still sin: The law of sin will ensure that we sin. Eventually we must overcome our sins: God the Father will help us overcome our sins through our advocate [intercessor] Jesus Christ.

 

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

 

It is the over-comers who inherit all things.

 

Rev 21:7  He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

 

Mat 5:48  Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 

God's end time church will have made themselves ready.

 

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."



COMMENT.

 

We will never be perfect in the flesh, but we can have a perfect attitude regarding keeping God's law. Every time we sin: Christís sacrifice is available for us.  We need to strive for perfection.

 

If we are diligent to make our calling sure: If we accept God's forgiveness through Jesus Christís sacrifice: We will be in God's Kingdom.

 

2Pe 1:2  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

2Pe 1:3  as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

2Pe 1:4  by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2Pe 1:5  But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,

2Pe 1:6  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

2Pe 1:7  to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

2Pe 1:8  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Pe 1:9  For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

2Pe 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

2Pe 1:11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Satan will rise up against us, but God is more powerful than Satan.

 

My ambition is to be a man in whom there is no guile: with God's help, and the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I can still realise that ambition.