Acceptance With God
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might BRING US TO GOD.” (1st Peter 3:18)
How can I, a sinner, come to the holy, living God and find welcome, acceptance, and fellowship? How can I come to God so as to live my life here on earth in His communion and favor and, when I die, be received up to enjoy His glory forever? I can take the Scriptures and eliminate the many ways which men think will bring them to God.
1) The LOVE OF GOD alone will not bring me to God. God is love and delights to show mercy, but God is also holy and righteous and will not show His love at the expense of His holiness. He will punish sin!
2) The LAW OF GOD will not bring me to God. “By the law is the knowledge of sin,” not its pardon nor forgiveness.
3) The CHURCH OF GOD will not bring me to God. The church is the body of those who have been brought to God.
In the Old Testament there were three essentials to coming to God to obtain favor, acceptance, and atonement. On the Day of Atonement the HIGH PRIEST came to the TABERNACLE with the BLOOD SACRIFICE in his hand. There was a designated priest who came to the tabernacle (holy place) with the atoning blood. It is no different today!
OUR TABERNACLE IS CHRIST, who tabernacled among us. God will meet men and men will meet God only in Christ (John 1:14).
OUR HIGH PRIEST IS THE LORD JESUS, who is the one Mediator (1st Timothy 2:5).
OUR ATONEMENT IS HIS OWN BLOOD, by which He entered heaven itself and obtained for us full, complete, and eternal acceptance (Hebrews 9:11-12).
I do urge you who have any interest in knowing the Living God to come to Him by faith in Christ.
Henry Mahan – 1986