THE CROSS AT CALVARY IS THE LAST ALTAR CALL!
The New Covenant began at the CROSS AT CALVARY, the final altar.
Blood was poured out for everyone’s sins across the globe, not just
for the Jews (John 3:16, John 19:39, 1 John 2:2, Romans 3:25,
Galatians 3:28).. Therefore, we do not need altars in our churches
today. Jesus will never present His blood for sins ever again.
It is finished. The Levitical priests have been replaced, the
dividing curtain between us and the Most Holy Place has been torn,
the temple is gone, and the altar is obsolete. (Matthew 27:51,
Ephesians 2:14, Hebrews 8:13, Hebrews 9:3). No more bloody
sacrifices are necessary to forgive sins.
There is a passage in Hebrews 10 which is often used by the
grace-confused community to incite fear of loss of salvation because
of sinning. But in fact, this portion of Scripture is explaining
the uselessness of bloody animal sacrifices at the temple altar.
Please understand and realize that this text in Hebrews 10 has
nothing to do with Gentile Christians! This is directed toward
Jewish people who followed Moses and refused to believe in Christ
as Messiah. The Messiah, prophesied about in the Jews’ very own
book of Isaiah (the final, once for all, bloody sacrifice) He is
the context, He is the truth, and the “sinning” referenced is
breaking the Law of Moses in one or more of 613 different ways.
This is cyclical, because “sinning” is also unbelief in Jesus:
“if we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the
knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only
a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will
consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses
died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished
who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an
unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and
who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:26-29)
Do you understand the context? Hebrew (not Gentiles) people who
refused to believe Jesus has forgiven them by GRACE. That is why
the name of the book is Hebrews and not Gentiles. These Jews, in
this part of the letter, are enemies of God. But believers (the
save by faith) are His family (John 1:12). They were trampling on
Him by speaking ill of Him, “He’s not the promised Messiah!”
therefore, blaspheming. They rejected His Holy Spirit into their
spirit, which is the only unforgivable sin (Matthew 12:30-32,
In grievous error, these Jewish people in the book of HEBREWS
thought they could continue to receive forgiveness each year at the
temple by way of animal blood. They absolutely refused to accept the
truth that Jesus was the last sacrifice. Hence, no sacrifice for
sin is left! They had received the knowledge of Jesus and
stonewalled at believing in His power to forgive. Again, this is
not written to Gentile Christians because the Law of Moses is
mentioned. God never commanded us to obey Moses but to accept His
grace by listening to Jesus (Matthew 17:5, Hebrews 1:15). We are
under a superior covenant of Grace! (Matthew 22:36-40). Gentile
Christians were given the two commandments of Christ: believe and
love, neither of which can be legislated (John 3:16-18, John 13:34,
1 John 3:23, Hebrews 7:18-19, Hebrews 8:13).
To the Hebrews, the altar was more important than the Cross of
Christ. Sadly, many of our churches do the same thing today as
their focus is on a carpet-covered set of stairs or man-made
platform up at the front of the church. Instead of an altar, in
its place we could place a cross symbolizing and remembering Jesus
and his perfect sacrifice” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. The truth is there
is no verse in the Bible which states we must walk to the front of
a church building to be saved. Nor do we have to raise our hand in
the crowd to be acknowledged by a pastor. This is 100% absent from
the Old and New Testament.
We have adopted this practice because in the early 1900s “altar
calls” became popular at tent revivals. However, this behavior is
non-existent from all biblical text. Why? Because this is a WORK.
Ephesians 2:8-9. Anything we do or don’t do-in order to achieve
eternal salvation or our own righteousness (physically or mentally)
is a work. If it is a work, it is against grace. If it is against
grace, it’s not of faith. The gospel can only be entered into by
grace through faith. Paul educates the Romans: “And if by grace,
then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer
be grace.” (Romans 11:6). So if we aren’t saved by altar calls then
how are we saved? In the most graceful way possible: BY GRACE
THROUGH FAITH. Romans 4:5-8 Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:31,
Galatians 2:16, Romans 3:20-26, John 3:16.
The Apostle Paul said this very thing to the Christians in Galatia
when they tried to add Judaism into the gospel message. Judaism
had an altar. Judaism is Moses. Moses is all works-righteousness.
After calling them fools with an exclamation point, Paul asks a
simple, rhetorical question: “This is the only thing I want to
find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the
Law, or by hearing with faith?” (Galatians 3:2) HEARING WITH FAITH.
This is how we receive the Holy Spirit!
We must understand that continual confession of sins does not
forgive Christians, for we have ALREADY been forgiven because of
Jesus Christ! Ephesians 4:32. And why not? Because it is a work,
and we are saved by faith! By what we BELIEVE AND NOT BY WHAT WE
DO! Furthermore, the Levites never had a confession booth in the
temple! Also, what if we forget to confess a sin? God does not
forget just because we forget. God does not overlook sins just
because we overlook sins. Confess all you want… but understand
for this is true: a holy blood sacrifice for our sins was required
by God, and not superficial human spoken words! Jesus Christ the
righteous gave that sacrificial blood for us AT THE CROSS at Calvary
over 2000 years ago!
Consequently, 1 John 1:9, the “confession for continual forgiveness”
verse, is a favorite passage for those who do not understand the
significance of the complete redemptive work of the cross! In
context, the first chapter of 1 John is an invitation to UNBELIEVERS
to confess they need forgiveness, which is Christianity theology
basics! Chapter 2 is then addressed to BELIEVERS. The rest of the
letter is a contrast of what a believer and unbeliever looks like
by nature, identify. Many have used this book as a way to view the
external of a person to prove their salvation as if we are secular
scientists who need empirical proof, instead of faith! But John is
talking about matters of the heart, the inside, which only The Lord
can see in his omniscience!
The author of Hebrews taught that Jesus Christ would have to
continue to die, IF once for all forgiveness was not true:
“Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the
creation of the world. But he has appeared once for ALL at the
culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of
himself.” (Hebrews 9:26)
This eternal forgiveness is available to everyone who will BELIEVE
IN CHRIST JESUS FOR SALVATION! Jesus Christ accomplished everything
for us at the Cross with his holy blood, and He will never suffer
for our sins again! FOR THE CROSS AT CALVARY IS THE LAST AND FINAL
ALTAR, AND CHRIST THE PERFECT SACRIFICE! No other sacrifice for
sins, including fallen works of the flesh will be a sufficient
sacrifice or “payment” to redeem fallen mankind from the eternal
consequences of sin! TO GOD be the Glory forever and ever! AMEN!
Credit to sister in Christ for Cross at Calvary is the Last Altar
Call post; Bee Bernette follow her at facebook
In conclusion, come to Christ now before it is too late.
For Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins, was buried,
rose on the third day and is coming back again.
This is the good news or gospel that he brought to us.
We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and wages for these sins is
the death penalty (Romans 6:23). No one is righteous (Romans 3:10).
Above all, we have been pardoned and given the gift of eternal life
through Jesus Christ, as he paid the price in FULL (Romans 6:23).
Have HOPE in Jesus Christ for your eternal being by following what
I call the ABCs of Salvation. (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13). This is
the greatest gift given to us; the Cross at Calvary is the Last Altar
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