Does Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) once for all sacrifice negate our need to do anything? There seems to be quite a bit of confusion around this issue these days.
While we never minimize or replace Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross, we also don’t overlook the oneness process required to enter the full stature of the crimson flow. Ephesians 4:15 tells us that it is necessary for the Mature Body of Christ to grow up into Him in all things right after revealing the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ in Ephesians 4:13. The Corporate One New Man in Christ will accurately display to all the world the fullness of the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ the same way that all fullness dwelt in Yeshua through the blood of the cross: “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:18-20 NASB).
We must not overlook key components of Scripture. Scriptures like Matthew 16:24 where Yeshua shows His disciples the way of oneness with Him requires a crucified life: “If anyone wished to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24 NASB). It’s noteworthy that Luke 9:23 repeats this message by adding the concept of a lifestyle of daily crucifixion “And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23 NASB).
Experience reveals that nothing better develops Christ’s Character within us like sufferings and tribulations. “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13 NKJV). As we offer our sufferings and sacrifices to Him, we are crucified in union with Christ in an ever-increasing greater measure, so we can live by the faith of the Son of God (Galatians 2:20).
Colossians 1:24 blows to pieces the concept that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) once for all sacrifice negate our need to do anything. The Apostle Paul tells us: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions… fully carry out the preaching of the word of God” (Colossians 1:24-25 NASB). Wow! Did you get that?! Each member of His Body must fill up the afflictions of Christ in their flesh for His Body’s sake to fulfill the word of God.
This is a massive key component to Yeshua’s Mature Head attaching to His Mature Body (Daniel 7:9; Revelation 1:14). The fully mature Head of Messiah Yeshua connecting to His fully mature Body is the undifferentiated, indistinguishable state of the Messiah. This is THE PERFECT MAN: “Until we all become one in faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become a perfect man according to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13 Lamsa’s Aramaic).
Give em heaven!!!
Copyright October 29, 2019 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main
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