|Reverend LC Muzembi|
God has no more pleasure in anything offered by the law. He didn’t just take away the sacrifices, but he abolished its ministrations, priesthood and services. He then established a new covenant, but everything that concerned the first covenant was done away with, "neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law" Hebrews 10:8.
Jesus said, "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" Hebrews 10:9-10.
Sacrificial offerings in the first covenant, whether it was animal or money was not able to take away sin, neither can it now. History as proved it, "never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect" Hebrews 10:1.
This I’m saying in regard of all manner of sacrificial offerings, and tithings. Jesus did not come to make tithes and offerings work; instead he came to take them away, so that he may establish new ways of doing business with God by the which we are sanctified through him once for all. At Taberah, the people complained and the LORD heard it and it displeased him. They said we remember the meat in Egypt, the fish, cucumbers, melons, the leeks, onions, and the garlick which we ate freely. What also is denying us progress? The thought of the benefits of the old covenant, Tithes and offerings!
Hebrews 10:12 says, "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;" and declared it is finished. "For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified" Hebrews 10:14.
See what Jesus also did; he got rid of the middleman for us, even the priesthood for it was a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things which are now manifested to us.
The writer says, "But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" Hebrews 9:11-12.
Christ by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for us. Not only did we receive the promise of eternal inheritance, but he made us serve the living God. He made us who knew not God to know him and be accepted him. If through Christ you don’t know God yet, chances are you’ve not received the true Christ. I hear Christ say, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent...I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word" John 17:3, 6.
Christ who purged us from dead works should also purge your conscience from holding on to the old covenant, to serve the living God.
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