Yesterday’s post A Privileged People (Pt One) was about the Privileges we enjoy as followers of Jesus Christ. Today’s post is a reminder that with such Privilege comes responsibility.
We have responsibilities in our daily walk with Christ in how we behave and how we represent Jesus. A disciple is someone who is learning to be like the Master. We are encouraging each other as believers to be more Christ like every day. We are called to be Salt and Light to the world and to walk worthy of our calling in Christ. Christ is calling us to walk in righteousness and holiness and to obey His commands. It is a lifestyle that requires sacrifice and for many it means to endure persecution but the bible tells us that there is no better life.
We are not perfect people though. We know that. We struggle and all make mistakes and the Lord understands that. He is merciful and gracious, but we should not behave as presumptuous people. Grace is not a licence to continually sin and live as we like. That is abusing God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice for us. God knows if we are genuine in our repentance, our faith or just paying lip service. The Word of God will judge our hearts and motives.
The good news is that Jesus can empathise with our struggles and weaknesses and help us through the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin in our lives. Jesus intercedes for us continually before Gods throne. Jesus has given us all the ability in him through the power of the Holy Spirit to live righteously. We are fully equipped. The Word teaches us that through Jesus we have the power to overcome sin in our lives.
Paul stated the truth and consequences if we treat Christ’s sacrifice with disrespect and contempt in these bible verses.
For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31
There is a story in the bible about a presumptuous man who did not treat God’s holiness and commands with respect.
He was a contemporary of Moses, also of the tribe of Levites, who dared to presume that he could just become God’s priest like Aaron and offer sacrifices to God and enter into God’s presence. He was called Korah and we read his story in the Old Testament in the book of Numbers in Ch 16. Korah was jealous of Moses and Aaron and wanted what they had.
God had specifically set aside Aaron and his sons from the tribe of Levi to be priests to Him, to minister in the sanctuary and bring the blood offerings and sacrifices for the offering of sin.
The other Levites (Korah included) had been assigned roles to play in ministering to the people and looking after the tabernacle but it was only the priests who could go into the Sanctuary and only the High Priest who could go into the Holy of Holies once a year. The Israelites had to keep making the blood sacrifices to God to cover the sins of the people.
Korah was a man who made a fatal mistake. He presumed that he could come to God his way rather than God’s way. He led others astray with such blasphemy as well. Korah lied to the people and told them everyone was holy and could minister to God and come into God’s presence. God had said no such thing.
Korah was envious and jealous of Moses and Aaron and wanted the prestige of the priestly position. He made the fatal error of presuming that he could do what the priests did and not suffer the consequences. Korah’s heart was full of sin and God knew that. He ignored God’s commands and fell into the trap of presumption – quite literally – God opened the ground and swallowed him up alive because of his rebellion.
The terrible thing was that his rebellion and God’s judgement was not only against him but also his family and those who sided with him. It led to all their deaths.
Don’t be deceived by teachers or people who tell you that as a follower of Jesus you can continue to behave as you like, ignore Jesus’ commands and continue to sin and it will be ok. It won’t. Don’t be led astray by them. Sin has consequences. Jesus is to be the Lord of our lives.
Jesus Christ became a priest unto God for us and established a new covenant. The bible teaches us that we can only come to God through Jesus Christ to be forgiven of sins. Jesus was God who became an offering for us. He was sinless and the perfect offering –blemish free and without spot.
Jesus told us that He is the way, the truth and the life and no-one can come to the Father except through Him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
We can try (like Korah) to presume to come to God a different way but the Bible says that righteousness and holiness through forgiveness of our sins only comes through faith in Jesus Christ and in His death and resurrection.
“Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” Hebrews Ch 12 v 28