Right Standing

Hebrews 10:8-10 English Standard Version

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

We must believe that the requirements for obtaining a right standing before God has changed from obedience of the law to obedience of faith. The establishment of righteousness is no longer via the law but in faith of what Christ did on the Cross.

All sin must be punished. The consequence of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Those sacrifices within the law were not pleasing to God but pointed to one perfect sacrifice that would put an end to sin as a barrier between man and God. Sin had to be removed. It had to be replaced with something that pleased God, and satisfied His call for justice.

Hebrews 11:6 English Standard Version (ESV) And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

The standard for a right standing before God was changed from obedience to the law to faith in Christ. We must believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to remove sin as a barrier to right relationship with God.

Romans 6:3 English Standard Version (ESV) Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?

Galatians 2:20 English Standard Version (ESV) I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

This is only possible if done by faith.

Ephesians 2:8 English Standard Version (ESV) For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Foundational Support

John 1:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

God the Father sent God the Son to be that firm foundation which supports all life that rest upon Him for all the assurances in God’s promises. Because those assurances can only be performed by God, then Jesus Christ must be God in order to perform them.

We must believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead, the Son of God.

Where will we find this foundational support? In the Word of God.

Hebrews 1:2-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

As God His Word is true and that which He speaks will be done. Since he holds up the universe by the word of His power, support is rendered to those who are in His will and correction is rendered to those outside His will. Note carefully that it was after making purification of sins that He sat down in the position of power and authority. Up until that time, He was an obedient servant.

John 5:30 English Standard Version (ESV) “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

Now comes the secret of His support, obedience of faith.