Christ suffered “apokteino” on the cross and then rose from the dead three days later (Luke 9:22) as a sacrificial offering (2 Corinthians 5:21) for all of mankind (1 John 2:2), so that if anyone who hears the Gospel and is moved by it to enter into God’s presence (the Most Holy Place) yet not die (Leviticus 16:2), which Jesus opened up to everyone through His death by crucifixion (Mark 15:37-38, Hebrews 10:20), to repent of their sins and to give their believing loyalty to Him by putting their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 4:3-7), they will then not suffer “apollymi” at the judgement, but receive eternal life (Hebrews 9:27-28, John 3:16).
Luke 9:22 (NLT)
“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed (apokteino), but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
1 John 2:2 (NLT)
He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
Leviticus 16:2 (NLT)
The LORD said to Moses, “Warn your brother, Aaron, not to enter the Most Holy Place behind the inner curtain whenever he chooses; if he does, he will die. For the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—is there, and I myself am present in the cloud above the atonement cover.
Mark 15:37-38 (NLT)
Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
Hebrews 10:20 (NLT)
By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
Hebrews 4:3-7 (NLT)
For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said,
“In my anger I took an oath:
‘They will never enter my place of rest,’”
even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.”
So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted:
“Today when you hear his voice,
don’t harden your hearts.”
Hebrews 9:27-28 (NLT)
And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
John 3:16 (NLT)
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish (apollymi) but have eternal life.”
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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