Church of the Open Door


God’s Final Answer for Sin


The salvation provided by the One foretold in the Old Testament is so complete, that no additions, corrections, or deletions are necessary; including self-effort, works, or religious systems. Who would have imagined that the innocent baby Jesus, so unassuming and common, would provide such a complete salvation? The writer of Hebrews expresses the completeness of this salvation by drawing our attention on the three timely and distinct appearances of Christ. Each appearance solves a definitive need that only Christ can resolve. No wonder Satan likes to distract us with jolly stories to occupy our mind.

Christ is God’s final answer because:
I. Christ appeared to pardon sin –
II. Christ appears to provide for us –
III. Christ will appear to present us –

23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

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