Today’s reading: Gen 45:1–46:34, Heb 10:1–39, Eccles 11:5–10
Today’s theme: Permanent atonement
Today we learn about the better and definite atonement we have in Christ. The atonement provided by bulls and goats served only as a temporary covering. However the atonement of Christ is eternal, a complete and finished work that cannot be added to or taken away from.
What Christ has accomplished for us is sure, steadfast and rooted in His own immutability and faithfulness. We can have confidence in the eternal security that the atonement of Christ provides for all His elect who put their trust in Him.
God is in control
So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Genesis 45:8 (ESV)
Joseph knew that God was really in control. God is sovereign.
God’s promise to Jacob
Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” Genesis 46:3–4 (ESV)
God makes a powerful, yet very personal, promise to Jacob and tells him that he has nothing to fear. God brought all of this to pass.
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 (ESV)
It was impossible for animal sacrifices to take away sin, they provided only temporary atonement and served as a reminder of our great need.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. Hebrews 10:12–13 (ESV)
The atonement of Christ is a finished work, eternal in its effect and universal in its reach, although limited in its application to the elect who put their trust in Him.
Confidence in Christ
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
Our perseverance and sanctification find their root in Jesus’ person and work. The sureness, confidence and assurance we are guaranteed is in, through and by Him.
The importance of attending church
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24–25 (ESV)
Church and fellowship is so important for each of us.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014
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