Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Atonement

Leviticus 17: 11 …for it is the blood that makes an ATONEMENT for the soul.
Revelation 1: 5 and from Jesus Christ … that loved us, and WASHED US FROM OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BLOOD,

Once upon a time, while teaching about the atonement, someone asked me "why the blood of innocent animals was not enough to cleanse our sins. Why was the blood of Jesus needed?" The same person confidently gave a very wrong answer "the blood of Jesus was needed because the devil demanded a greater sacrifice from God". This is an extremely incorrect answer, it is not biblical and it is not true.
For the sake of illustration, let us liken the blood to a detergent, and our sins as dirt. It is pretty obvious from our everyday experiences that there are stains that cannot be removed by some detergents. Some detergents only remove the stains partially, leaving faint marks of the dirt. However, there is usually a stronger detergent that can wipe off all the dirt. Detergents are used in physical realm to remove dirt. In the spiritual realm, the detergent used for cleansing is blood. The blood of an innocent lamb may be likened to the detergent that partially removes stains. That was not enough to take away the sins of the world. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was crucified to take away the sin of the world.

What does it mean to atone?

It means to compensate for something or to make up for something or to pay the penalty for something. For every broken law there is a compensation. For instance, companies compensate their customers because they may have failed to keep their promises or contracts with their customers. Here, the company has two options, compensate the customer, or be sued by the customer. In the same vein, mankind owes God some compensation. This is where God's mercy shows. From the Old Testament, God has been instructing mankind on how to pay this compensation. Take some time to imagine how many animals could have died by today just to cleanse mankind from their sins. Perhaps, God knew continually sacrificing innocent animals would cause chaos in years to come. So He planned for the greatest sacrifice that would be once and for all. Instead of just subjecting us to judgement, He has given us an option.
John 3: 16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Even so, it is proper to say that a beautiful relationship was broken after disobeying God's command. In a relationship, if one breaches an agreement, it distorts the relationship. There would be less trust, less communication, unease or suspicion. This is what happened after Adam and Eve disobeyed God. They suddenly had something to hide from God. They were suddenly uncomfortable around God. When relationships are broken something has to be done to fix it. To atone also means to amend. The atonement or amendment for our relationship with God, is Jesus.
Propitiation is somewhat similar to atonement. To propitiate means to make favourably inclined, appease or conciliate. This is somewhat similar to the definition of atonement as the settlement. Reparation, or transfer of guilt to innocent animals.
Do you know Jesus? Do you believe that His blood can remit your sins?


Monday, 26 January 2015

LOVE (1 Corinthians 13: 1- 13)


adds essence to your speech 

adds value to your spiritual gifts 

adds profit to your good works 

Suffers long 

Is kind 

Does not envy 

Is not proud

Does not dishonour others

Does not boast

Thinks no evil

Is not easily angered

Is selfless 

Keeps no record of wrongs


Does not rejoice in evil

Rejoices with the truth 

Never gives up 

Never loses faith

Is always hopeful

Endures through every circumstance

Never fails 

Never ends 

Is everlasting

Love is the greatest of all (faith, hope and love) 

I see God in all that love is, because God is Love.