Covered

Earlier this week I was just meditating on the Cross and Christ‘s atonement by way of death on the Cross.  As I thought about it more and more, I felt my soul shutter with relief.  Relief because God took it all out of my hands.  The very thought that salvation for my soul could have never been done by my own actions frightens me.  At the same time I feel relief because God took it upon Himself to save me.  With that in mind, how we see the Gospel changes as well as how we live.  When we hold on to the lie that we played a major hand in salvation we end up train wrecking the rest of our lives.  Walking down that isle is nothing compared to Christ walking to Calvary.  The key to becoming a lion in the faith is a proper understanding of your Christian birth.  We can’t even properly articulate why we are alive.  So how can we control something that is eternal?
Before our salvation, when God looks at us what does He sees?  Some say His child that He loves… We love to forget that we are born into this world as a sinner who loves to sin.  We are children of wrath and hate righteousness.
The planning of our covering started before time, before the foundation of the world.  The heavenly Father spoke it in the garden as He pronounced the crushing of the serpent’s head.  As sin entered into the world God had already predestined to save the elect of God; His sheep.  We unwittingly devalue the cross and Christ’s covering us with His blood.  Some think that the Gospel started at the tomb after the resurrection.  Some think the Gospel starts at God loving us because we are good.  Some think that God loves the sinner and that our faith is why we are blessed.  Some believe that we go through bad seasons because the Satan is busy trying to hurt us.
Hebrews 9

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will,[d] it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.”[e]21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

We believe these things because we do not understand the Gospel.  We don’t even count the cost of following Jesus Christ and we don’t think He demands or commands anything.  Christ preached repentance and taught obedience to the Father.  He told us to count the cost and only someone called by God would follow Christ.

Matthew 8:18-22 The Cost of Following Jesus

18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
We cannot be saved by the Gospel or live the Gospel without committing to Christ.  You shouldn’t expect to stand outside the house and stay warm.   When we say that we “accept” Christ, we are to submit all to Him.  When we “accept” Christ we are to accept all that the Word of God says about Christ; that includes the fact that He is the only way to God.  Understand this,  when you become His disciple you must repent first and be regenerated within your heart by the Holy Spirit.  You must deny yourself, take up the cross and follow Jesus but your journey doesn’t start from your seat inside church.  When you become a disciple of Christ, your Christian walk begins at the foot of the cross.  There is a trail of Jesus’ blood from the cross down that path he walked carrying the cross.  Through the streets where they mocked him and spit on him.  The trail of blood flows through the city streets amongst people who thought themselves righteous.  The trail of blood flows to the tabernacle, through the open court pass the brazen alter and reaching pass the table of shewbread into the Holy of holies.  His blood covers the mercy seat as it becomes the throne of grace.
Luke 9:23-26
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
When you follow Christ, you walk after him and follow through that blood.  As you continue you become covered and by the time you finish walking the path the Christ left and when you reach the Holy of holies you are covered in the Lamb’s blood.  All God the Father can see is His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is impossible for God to see the sinner that was once us when we are soaked in the blood of Christ.  We have His spirit indwelling in us and we are committed to Him as well as slaves to righteousness.  So is your walk is not behind Christ, there is no blood on you and God still sees a sinner.  But if you are following Christ so close until you are stepping on His heals and you are so covered in His blood until you can only see Him, then you are on the right path.
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