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A brief study in building your covenant relationship with the Creator.
Many people wake up every day and choose not to follow Jesus out of guilt. This may sound strange, but this is a source of deep concern for many people. They ask, "Can God forgive what I've done?" or "Can I be saved?"
The short answer is:
The long answer involves the "how to be saved." No matter what you've done in your life, Jesus Christ offers forgiveness. In His last night on this earth, He offered a new covenant, or a new relationship, in His blood. Blood plays a significant role in salvation throughout the Bible, for life is in the blood. That is where we will find salvation and life ourselves. So, how do we come in contact with that blood?
From the first pages of the Bible we find the need for mankind to be saved from his own curiosity and lusts. (Genesis 3) God will provide ways for us to come back into relationship with Him. Eventually God will create a covenant (agreement) with His people in order to redeem (buy back) those who would seek to be His children. God will promise His children that He will make a new covenant with them in order to ultimately save them from their sins. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) Six things will happen in Exodus 24, 28 and 30 that will parallel with God’s new covenant of redemption in the New Testament.
Words for the covenant (Exodus 24:3 --> John 17:7-8)
Blood (Exodus 24:5-6; Hebrews 9:18 --> Matthew 26:28)
Blood sprinkled on the altar (Exodus 24:6 --> Hebrews 9:23-24)
Blood sprinkled on the people (Exodus 24:8 --> Hebrews 10:19, 22)
Priests wear proper clothing (Exodus 28:43 --> Galatians 3:25-27)
Priests wash to be cleaned (Exodus 30:20 --> Hebrews 10:19, 22)
God’s promise of forgiveness of sin (Jeremiah 31:34 -->Matt 26:28 Acts 2:38; 22:16)
God’s plan for redemption is clearly through His Son, Jesus Christ. The way into this new covenant is paved with words by which we must agree, blood to be sprinkled on the altar as well as us and being properly clothed. All of this is found in the covenant entering action of baptism. To be clear, it is not the baptism doing the saving, but rather God saving us based on His mercy and grace, but nonetheless due to our obedience to His commandments. If you have not been baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, there is still a barrier up between you and God (Isaiah 59:1-2). Why not take care of that today! Let your faith lead you to Christ right now.
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7