Matt 27:50-51...Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;
In the above account recorded by Matthew you will find the sacrifice of Christ on the cross at Calvary was God's last and final sin offering for the sins of humanity. According to the Law of Moses the Jewish people offered sacrifice to the Levite Priest to make atonement for the families of the Jewish people. Th Levitical priest would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year to offer atoning sacrifice for the sins of Jewish families.
When the veil was rent twain in the Temple (torn in half by God) the Levite priest was no longer necessary to make atonement for the sins of the Jewish people. Why? How? Christ purchased the Church with His own blood. A new dispensation began! The Law of Moses was done away with and Divine Grace brought forth the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church. The New Testament we now live under is better and greater Testament than the Law of Moses given to Israel. After Jesus died on the cross at Calvary He became our High Priest and entered into the Holy of Holies in Heaven to obtain eternal redemption for us today.
Heb 9:11-12...But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Heb 9:24...For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
How blessed we are to be under Grace today and not under the Law! How blessed we are to have the Law written in our hearts through the blessing of the Holy Spirit's presence in our hearts and lives! What used to be written in the tables of stone is now written in the tables of our hearts by Christ Himself! Glory! We are a living book written by Christ Himself. Glory!
2 Cor 3:3-5...Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Divine Grace is perhaps God's greatest blessing that any man can recieve in this life. Grace comes through the power of the Gospel message that we hear! To be under the Grace of God consists of the action of God within the heart and soul of a believer in Christ! Grace is not what man does to reach God. Grace is what changes man into a new creature... forgiven and morally right in the eyes of God. Faith and trust in the blood of Jesus Christ brings personal forgiveness and the ability fo man to live holy. Grace gives man a holy heart. Unlike the Law of Moses where man always "strived" to reach God...Grace's Divine effect takes man's stiving out of the picture. Grace is the effectual work of God based on Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Faith is based on the word of God!
Thank you Chuck Staton for your input (last night at the Upper Room) about where man's faith comes from. I also thank God in Christ for the nice service last night, as we touched on the basis of faith, where faith comes from, how faith is grown, how faith is erred from, how faith is increased, how faith is built through knowledge, and how to fight the good fight of faith. Glory! Here was the opening verse brought to my attention by Brother Chuck Staton.
Rom 12:3...For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
I'm glad we Christian's today are not under Law but under Grace which is a better covenant. Glory to Christ! Who blesses us richly from the Throneroom. Glory! Christ lives! What the Law could not do because it was weak through the flesh...Grace "now" does through the power of a living Christ! Glory! Christ not only died for our sins but He ever liveth to make intercession for us in the Holy of Holies in Heaven. Christ is our High priest right now! Glory!
Heb 7:25-26... Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens:
Heb 3:1...Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
For this reason God tore the veil in the Earthly and Jewish Temple in half at the time of Christ's death. This is why we have the Church today that Christ purchased with his shed blood on the cross at Calvary! This is why we're under Grace today and not under the Law of Moses! This is why Christian's have the Holy Spirit's presence in their hearts and lives! What a blessing! Grace makes me happy! Goodbye sin..hello holiness and right living. Thank you Jesus. GLORY!