The Blessings of the Atonement

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					The Blessings of the Atonement
Lesson 4
The blessings of God were conditional under the terms of the Old Testament. To walk in the blessings, the Israelites had to obey all the Lord’s commandments and statutes concerning the works that were necessary on the Day of Atonement. The works were done by the high priest who had to choose a perfect animal without spot or blemish, as a sin offering. The high priest had to lay his hands upon the head of the sacrificial sin offering, to symbolise the transference of sin from the Israelites to the sin-offering. This was a legal transaction in accordance with divine justice whereby the sins of the Israelites were removed from the sinner and imputed to the animal. The sacrificial animal was put to death to pay the wages of sin which is death. The high priest had to kill and bleed the sin-offering and sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies in the presence of God. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin. (Please read Leviticus chapter 16). The blood of sacrificial animals merely “covered” sin, the holy redeeming blood of Christ annulled sin, once and for all. The Old Covenant was a Covenant of works, grace, and faith. If the Israelites disobeyed God’s clear instructions concerning the works and faith necessary on the Day of Atonement, God withheld His grace; and the curse of the law automatically worked against them. Deuteronomy 28: 15 But it shall come to pass, IF thou will not hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, to observe and to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day: that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. The Jews were no different than the rest of fallen humanity. The Israelites inherited Adam’s rebellious sin nature and were incapable of perfectly keeping the Ten Commandments. Therefore, God established the Old Covenant to save the Israelites from eternal damnation and to reveal His love and grace toward the fallen human race. Specially chosen animals were put to death to pay the wages of sin and provide the blood for the atonement. If the Israelites refused to fulfill all the ordinances and statutes (commandments of the Lord) necessary on the Day of Atonement, they would break their side of the Covenant agreement, and be cursed by the curse of the law. The wages of sin is death. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin. (Rom. 6:23 & Heb. 9:22).
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The Israelites received their sins forgiven and accepted the gift of imputed righteousness by grace through faith, in the terms of the Covenant contract. Thus, God and sinner were reconciled (Heb. 9:11-14). The Jews were called to fulfill many other statutes and ordinances on the yearly Day of Atonement which foreshadowed all that Jesus was going to fulfill by giving His sinless body over to death as the “once-and-forall,” perfect atonement for sin. If the Jews were obedient by keeping perfectly all the statutes and ordinances needed to uphold and maintain the Covenant agreement on the Day of Atonement, then by grace through faith they received the benefits of the atonement. They then walked in the blessings of God as His holy, chosen, highly-favoured people. Deuteronomy 28: 9 The Lord shall establish thee a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord your God. The commandments spoken of in the above scripture was not referring to the Ten Commandments. No sinner has ever perfectly kept the Ten Commandments. The commandments spoken of in the above scripture were all the “ordinances and statutes” which the Lord commanded the Israelites to do on the Day of Atonement to uphold and maintain the Covenant agreement. As long as the Israelites perfectly kept the Covenant agreement, they were sanctified and justified and set apart as God’s holy, chosen people, through faith in the blood of the Covenant. If they were obedient, they walked in all the blessings recorded in Deuteronomy 28. If they broke the Covenant by having other gods before the Lord, it proved they were walking in unbelief. If they did not perfectly obey the requirements necessary to uphold and maintain the Covenant, the curse of the law automatically worked against them; and they lost the blessings of the Lord. Sadly, the Israelites broke the Covenant and served and worshipped other gods. Therefore, the Lord God had to withhold His grace and do as He had sworn to them--to plague the Israelites with the curses of the law (Please read Deuteronomy chapter 29). We are living under the new, better Everlasting Covenant of love, grace, and faith. No works are carried out by New Covenant believers. Jesus fulfilled the works of atonement in His own living body. After He died as the sacrificial Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, His body bled to provide the holy blood needed to perfectly atone for the sins of the world from Adam’s day to the end of the world. All that is necessary for New Testament believers to walk in the blessings of God and to escape the curse of the law is to “put on” Christ and live by faith in the freely provided
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blessings of the atonement. Those who are justified and sanctified through faith in the blood of the Covenant are God’s chosen, highly favoured people of this dispensation. Regardless of this truth, the New Testament Covenant depends upon living by grace through faith in the provisions of the atonement by having no other gods before the Lord. (Anyone, anything, any organisation, we honour, trust, and obey above the Lord is another god in our lives.) If we doubt the provisions of the atonement, or doubt God’s ability to uphold His side of the Covenant agreement, we get into a state of unbelief and the curse of the law will automatically work against such believers. God is good all the time, and the atonement has provided all the needs of His bloodbought children. Everything we could ever need or want has been freely provided for those who live by grace through faith in Covenant relationship with the Holy God of Israel. While writing this lesson, the Lord gave me the following words of encouragement. “You belong to me. I bought you back and redeemed you from the curse of the law. I endured the agony of the stripes of the scourge and willingly gave my sinless life and blood as the perfect ransom payment to annul your sin and redeem you from the curse of the law. I have provided your every need. I have given you as a gift my righteousness, my faith to move mountains, my divine health, my divine provision, my divine protection, and eternal life. All I require of you is your total trust and unwavering faith in the atonement on your behalf. Forsake the old kingdom which lies under the dominion of the god of this world who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. His only ambition is to rob you of the blessing which I have freely provided for you. The god of this world is defeated, his end is fixed, and he cannot avoid the eternal lake of fire and brimstone. He knows his time is short and is going around as a roaring lion, devouring all who do not love the truth. He continues to use wiles to kill, steal, and destroy and to always oppose the truth of My Word. If you believe the wiles of the enemy, this belief will cause you to doubt my Word. When you doubt my Word, you block my blessings. Without total trust and unwavering faith in my Word, you cannot please me or walk in the blessings of the Everlasting Covenant. It is done and settled forever; divine health is yours, freely purchased and provided by my stripes. I am your Redeemer and soon-coming King who will withhold no good thing from you. Will you trust in the provisions of my Covenant for forgiveness of sin and freedom from guilt and condemnation? Will you trust in the provisions of the
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atonement for right standing with me? Will you accept my imputed righteousness as a gift and wear it as a garment by faith? Will you trust me as your provider and protection? Will you allow me to live through you? You must decrease and allow me to increase and have the pre-eminence in every area of your life? Will you trust me with unwavering faith based on the promises of my Word? I am your life. I am your health. I am your righteousness. I am your provider. I am your vindicator and protection. I am the Lord your healer. I am the great physician. I bore your sicknesses and carried your pains. By my stripes you were healed. I am the bread of life, even your health. These are perilous days; the enemy knows his time is running out and is out for the final kill. He has no legal right near your dwelling place and cannot pass the blood line, providing you live by grace through faith in Covenant relationship with me. When you doubt my Word, and look to the gods of this world, you break your side of the Covenant agreement and block my blessings. Without faith, unwavering faith, in the atonement on your behalf, you cannot please me. When you doubt my Word and have other gods before me, you grieve my heart and cause my sufferings to be of no value to you. I desire to prosper and establish you a holy people unto myself. I desire to make you the head and not the tail. My blessings can only become a reality in your life as you wholeheartedly believe and accept me as your Covenant-keeping God. I am a jealous God. I desire exclusive trust, unwavering loyalty, and love. You shall not go after other gods to serve them. Make haste to renew your mind and bring your believing, thinking, and speaking into line with my Word. My love for you drove me to the very depths of death to save you from eternal damnation and bless you as my blood-bought, redeemed child. Trust me as your provider. Have I not promised to provide all your needs according to my riches in glory by Christ Jesus? Possess my righteousness by faith in the promises of my Word, which I have freely imputed to you. My righteousness is your wedding garment. You must be clothed in your wedding garment. Now is the day of preparation, for all things are being prepared, says the Bridegroom to His beloved betrothed.”

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The Blessings of the Atonement
Review questions lesson 4
1. The blessings of the atonement were C _ _ D _ _ _ O _ _ _ under the terms of the Old Covenant. 2. Who did the “works” necessary to uphold and maintain the covenant agreement in Old Testament times? 3. Explain the reasoning behind the high priest “laying his hands” upon the head of the sacrificial sin-offering. 4. What did the high priest do with the blood of the sin-offering that figuratively atoned for the Israelites sins? 5. The sacrificial blood of animals C _ _ _ R _ _ sin, the holy, redeeming blood of Jesus _ N_ _ LL _ _ sin. 6. The Old Testament covenant was a covenant of _ O _ K _, G _ _ _ E, and F_ _ _ H. 7. Explain how the curse of the law was able to work against the Israelites. 8. Without the _ _ E _ D _ _ G of blood, there is no _ _ M _ S S _ O _ for sin. 9. Explain how the Israelites were reconciled to God on the Day of Atonement.

10. Explain what the events of the Day of Atonement foreshadowed.

11. Give the reason why God established the Covenant agreement.

12. Define the commandments of Deuteronomy 28: 9. 13. Explain how the Israelites could break their side of the Covenant agreement.
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14. Explain how the Israelites were sanctified and justified and set apart as God’s holy, chosen people. 15. Define three requirements necessary for the Israelites to walk in the blessings of the Covenant. 16. The new, better Covenant is a Covenant of _ _ V _ , G _ _ _ E, and _ _ _ T _. 17. What are the “works” New Testament believers have to do to keep their side of the Covenant agreement? A) Belong to a religion and keep the religious traditions. B) Pray and fast regularly and give up all bad habits. C) No works are necessary to obtain right standing with God. D) Keep the Ten Commandments. 18. Who fulfilled all the “works” of the New Covenant atonement? 19. Explain how New Testament believers are justified and sanctified. 20. Explain how New Testament believers can break their side of the Covenant agreement. 21. Define the “other gods” people honour and trust above the Lord.

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