|Hebrews 7:26-28 |
26 For it was appropriate for us to have such a high priest [Jesus], who is holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners2, and made higher than the heavens. [From the Word of the Lord within: "See myself — thus no sin has a place in me." If Jesus joined in union with one still sinning and defiled, everyone in His body, including Jesus Himself, would be defiled. Sin has to go before you can partake of the divine nature.]
27 Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer up sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for the people's, because he did this once and for all when he offered up himself.
28 For the law makes men high priests who have infirmities; but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son, who is perfect forevermore.
2 Jesus, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. If Jesus is separate from sinners, where do sinners-saved-by-grace go? They don't go to heaven with Jesus because he is separate from sinners! Jesus expelled Satan and his angels from heaven because they sinned. Jesus expelled Adam and Eve from paradise because they sinned. Now sinning Christians have been told they will go to heaven, but Jesus is separate from sinners. Sinning Christians have been told they are the bride of Christ, to be married to Jesus; but Jesus is separate from sinners. The ministers tell sinning Christians that they are part of the body of Christ, but Jesus is separate from sinners. How could a sinner become a part of Jesus, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners, without defiling himself and everyone with him? The ministers of Christendom are telling their followers fables, just like Paul predicted: For the time will come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap [accumulate in piles] to themselves teachers after their own lusts, who will say what their itching ears want to hear; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and will be turned to fables. 2 Tim 4:3-4. But we can become the bride of Christ, and we can become part of Christ's body, and we can be in heaven with Jesus, IF we go to him to be cleansed and purified. This cleansing and purification is necessary and is the result of denying yourself and taking up the cross of obedience. There are no sinners-saved-by-grace; there are only former sinners saved by grace. To be saved is to be delivered from sins; so a sinner-saved-by-grace is an oxymoron.