Grace and Truth

Learn to USE Your Bible – Week Six – Part Three 💕

God gave the Law through Moses,
but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

John 1:17

Jesus is our High Priest

In Hebrews 2:13-17 we are told:

He also says, I will put my trust in God. And he also says, Here I am with the children that God has given me.

Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death. For it is clear that it is not the angels that he helps. Instead, he helps the descendants of Abraham. This means that he had to become like his people in every way, in order to be their faithful and merciful High Priest in his service to God, so that the people’s sins would be forgiven. Hebrews 2:13-17

In the Old Testament God saw the right-standing of Israel as a nation wrapped up in the right-standing of their high priest. What the high priest was before God, so was the entire nation before God. If the high priest sinned, he brought guilt on his nation, and God would reject the entire nation no matter how law-abiding the people were or how faithful they were in bringing their sacrifices and obeying God’s law.

On the other hand, if their high priest was without fault and acceptable to God, God would accept the whole nation even if the people were sinful and disobeyed the law.

Unfortunately, the high priests of Israel often failed because, like any human being, they were imperfect. Thank God that today, you and I have Jesus as our High Priest. He is a High Priest who is 100 per cent man and 100 per cent God.

As our High Priest, Christ’s standing before the Father is always right. He is always acceptable and pleasing to the Father. He is the Beloved Son. Therefore, we can never lose our acceptance with God because as our High Priest, Jesus only brings righteousness on his people.

In heaven right now, Jesus our High Priest is seated at the right hand of God the Father. (Romans 8:34) This means that God does not look at you or me. He looks at Jesus. If Jesus is good, you and I are good. If Jesus is accepted, you and I are accepted. If God sees Jesus as perfect, then He sees you and me as perfect. If Jesus is righteous, then you and I are righteous. And we know that Jesus our High Priest is good, accepted, perfect and righteous, which means God sees you and me that way too!

This means you and I cannot lose our right standing with the Father because Jesus Christ is our High Priest. To lose our standing, Jesus has to lose his standing first. But we know that we have in Jesus a High Priest who is perfect and who cannot fail. So we need never be afraid or conscious of our faults when we come before our Heavenly Father, because our standing is completely wrapped up in Jesus, our High Priest. We can come to God boldly and receive all that we need from him!

The old Living Bible Translates Ephesians 1:7-8 this way:

So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through his Son, by whom we are saved, and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace, for how well he understand us and knows what is best for us at all times.”

In John chapter 1, verse 17, we find these words,

God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

Grace may be defined as the “unmerited favor of God” toward a sinner. It is everything for nothing to those who deserve the exact opposite.”

The Richness of God’s GRACE!

There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, death ruled over all human beings, even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam sinned when he disobeyed God’s command.

Adam was a figure or type of the one who was to come. But the two are not the same, because God’s free gift is not like Adam’s sin. It is true that many people died because of the sin of that one man. But God’s grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to his people through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. And there is a difference between God’s gift and the sin of one man. After the one sin, came the judgment of

Guilty!

but after so many sins, comes the undeserved gift of

Not guilty!

It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God’s abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.

So then, as the Adam’s sin condemned all people, in the same way the one righteous act of Jesus at the cross sets all people free and gives them life. And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man.

Law was introduced in order to increase wrong doing; but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:13-25