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There is No Quid Pro Quo With God


No Quid Pro Quo With God

"For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." Hebrews 9:24-28

Jesus died once, for all sins. He does not offer himself over and over again, as some think he does. We should not be placing Jesus back on the cross ourselves, nor should we be asking him to do what he has already done. Jesus did not offer himself on the cross in expectation that we could give something back to him. He offered himself while we were yet sinners. He demonstrated his love for us by forgiving us our sins on the cross. When Jesus returns, he is not going to deal with sins again.

"Thank you Jesus" is the only response that makes sense from our standpoint. This is faith in Jesus, God in the flesh, who sacrificed himself for our sins.

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