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Works vs Faith (general)

posted by PureWord(R), 10.13.2014

Works vs Faith

Works

The Old Testament, from the time of the giving of the law, was a dispensation of obedience to the law and its ordinances in order to have right standing with God. There were ceremonies of washings and sacrifices throughout the year. Then once a year, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies (where the presence of God dwelt) and where the Ark of the Covenant was, to make a blood offering for the people upon the Mercy Seat.

The Holy of Holies was a rectangular shaped box covered in gold. The top of the box was called the Mercy seat and it was also covered in gold. Inside of the box were 3 articles. The 2 tablets of stone with the 10 commandments written on them. The golden pot of manna and Aaron's rod that budded. These were symbols of man's rebellion against God. Once a year, blood was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat to put off the sins of man's rebellion against God. (Isn't it interesting that today's inspiring message dealt with this?)

In the Old Covenant, God dealt with man and man's sin only according to the outward man or the flesh. Man's spirit was unregenerated and thus was not able to obtain righteousness in God's sight. Man was to try to obey the law and it's ordinances, but it was an outward effort. God dealt with mankind only according to how a he performed in accordance to the law.

An interesting insight is that the dreaded disease of the Old Covenant was leprosy. A disease which ate away at the flesh from the outside.

Faith

In the New Covenant, God no longer deals with the deeds of the flesh but with the condition of the heart. Jesus came to the earth to accomplish what no man could. He lived a perfect, flawless, sin-free life. God, once and for all, accepted the sacrifice that Jesus mad as the complete and final offering for sin. On the cross, the sin issue had been dealt with perfectly and entirely. At the time of the death of Jesus, at 3 O'clock in the afternoon, the veil of the temple (which separated the Holy of Holies) was torn from top to bottom. God thus signifying that the way into the Holy of Holies (into His presence) was now made available to whosoever will. Jesus made that way for us to forever be in right standing with God and made us righteous to stand in His presence. The only requirement is to believe.

Because of this, God no longer judges us according to sin but only according to what we have done with the provision He made for us to have our sin forever abolished through His Son Jesus. This is accomplished through faith and faith alone. This one passage sums it up simply and perfectly: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Isn't it interesting that the dreaded disease of our day is cancer, which eats from the inside.

 


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