I just had to share this incredibly exciting insight from the letter to the Hebrews with you.
Chapter 7 talks about Jesus being a…
‘High Priest who is able to save FOREVER those who come to God through Him.’
In the Old Testament times, God provided certain cities to be a refuge for people who had committed a crime.
The guilty person could go and live in the city of refuge. He was protected by the High Priest.
That is, until the High priest died, and then the cities would be emptied, and the criminal would not be protected anymore.
To God, WE are the criminals. WE are the sinners. The Psalmist says There is NO ONE GOOD. Not One !
That is…compared to God’s absolute Holiness and righteousness. Even our good deeds are as filthy rags to God.
There is nothing we can do about it. We were born into sin ‘even in our mother’s womb’ as David says.
But we also have a city of refuge. JESUS.
And Jesus, as the writer of Hebrews says, NEVER DIES, therefore we are safe and protected FOREVER.
But if we leave the city (turn away from Jesus) we are at the mercy of those outside the city who want to punish us for our crimes.
And who wants to punish us the most, blame us for our sin, accuse us?
But while we reside in JESUS – ABIDE IN HIM – Satan cannot touch us.
Our High Priest will never die! We will never be kicked out of our City of Refuge. This is why He tells us:
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Jesus is our refuge!
As the letter to the Hebrews says:
“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You (Jesus) are a priest FOREVER.’
“He is able to save FOREVER those who come to God through Him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
We are SAVED FOREVER.
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