“24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the High Priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world has He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:24-28
It is appointed unto all men once to die. Jesus Christ was ONCE offered to bear the sins of many on Calvary’s Cross. The Lord shall “appear the second time without sin unto Salvation”, not to atone for sin…that has already been done on the Cross for whosoever believes and is born again. Jesus shall appear the second time (the Second Coming) to bring all of the results of our glorious Salvation to the world. Today is the day of Salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2) but the full portion of our Salvation will not come until our Lord’s Second Coming.
“22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for?” Romans 8:22-24
Until then…until our appointed time comes to die we must occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13). Yet for a little while is the Light with us this side of glory. We must walk in that Light, the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctify Him to the world.
“35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.
36 While you have Light, believe in the Light, that you may be the Children of Light. These things spoke Jesus, and departed, and did hide Himself from them.” John 12:35-36
Sanctifying your church to the world is not walking in the Light. Sanctifying your denomination is not walking in the Light. Sanctifying whatever fad is coming down the pike in the modern church is not walking in the Light.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2.
Walking after the Spirit of Life, the Holy Spirit, and being free from the law of sin and death sanctifies Jesus Christ in the sight of others. Being free from the sin that so easily besets us through our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ to give us dominion over our sin nature, sanctifies our Lord to the world. At Calvary’s Cross 2000+ years ago, Jesus Christ came to die to redeem us from a condemned world AND give us dominion over sin (Romans 6:14). Our Lord was Resurrected 3 days later and is now sitting at the Right Hand of God. He is alive and His Spirit bears witness to our spirit that we are sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:16) IF you believe in Him. To put it quite simply….as it should be, you either believe the Word of God to be true or you believe it to be a lie. Now if we believe the Lord made a show of every demon in hell and has freely given us dominion over sin, NOT a license to sin, likewise reckon you also to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11).
Yet for a little while the Light of Jesus Christ is with us this side of glory. At the appointed time, unless we are caught up with the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and raptured out of here, these earthly vessels will die and go back to the dust from which they came. All of our worldly goods will remain as either the angels carries ours spirits off to be with our Lord Jesus for eternity or satan lays claim to those who rejected Jesus Christ (Luke 16:19-31). There are no second chances once our appointed time to die arrives. There is no purgatory and we can’t pay to get our loved ones out of hell (purgatory). If that was so, Jesus Christ did not have to go to Calvary’s Cross to save us from hell. Filthy lucre (money) cannot save us from hell…sorry my Catholic friends.
“ And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron, Because you believed Me not, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” Numbers 20:12
Brothers, Sisters – Preachers, Teachers….SANCTIFY our Lord Jesus Christ to the World. Believe Him. Declare Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross, to the four corners of the world. We are all appointed a time to die. Walk in the Light, in Jesus Christ…occupy until He comes. Today is the day of Salvation.
-Donna Clark Warren