GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jesus Christ alone is the ‘Perfect Atonement’ for our sins

Jesus Christ alone is the ‘Perfect Atonement’ for our sins

February 5 Bible Reading: Leviticus Chapters 16-18

After the death of the two sons of Aaron, God restricted access for any priest to enter the Holy Place inside the veil and come into God’s presence (Lev. 16:2). On the tenth day of the seventh month called the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:29), the High Priest enters the most Holy Place with one bull for himself as a sin offering (Lev. 16:6, 11-14), two goat kids of goats as sin offering for the people (Lev. 16:5, 7-10, 15-22), and one ram as a burnt offering for himself and the people of Israel (Lev. 16:5b, 24). It is interesting to note that of the two goats presented to God as a sin offering for the people, only one goat kid shall be killed and offered as a sin offering to God, while the other goat kid is set free into the wilderness (Lev. 16:7-10; 15-22). Jesus Christ became the ‘sin goat’ for us as the death sentence fell on Him, while we became the ‘goat set free’ by the grace of God.

By way of spiritual application, we can consider other things as well:
  • Sin requires that a sacrifice be made (Hebrews 9:22)
  • The blood alone makes atonement for us (Lev 17:11)
  • Jesus paid for all of our sins (Isaiah 53:3-12)
  • Jesus’ sacrifice was perfect (1 Peter 1:18-19)
  • Jesus took our punishment (1 Peter 2:21-24)
  • Jesus willingly died for our sins (John 10:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3)
  • Jesus secured salvation through His blood (Acts 20:28)
  • Jesus provided the atonement for our sins (Romans 3:23-25)
  • Jesus’ death purchased forgiveness (1 Corinthians 7:23)
  • We cannot improve Jesus’ sacrifice (1 Peter 3:18)
  • Our atonement allows us to know God (Ephesians 2:13)
  • Jesus’ death rescues us from eternal punishment (Colossians 1:13)
Knowing that we can “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16), let us reach out to God today through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, for Jesus Christ alone is the ‘Perfect Atonement’ for our sins.

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