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Who does the ďsavingĒ?

 

Ps 3:8

8              Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (KJV)

* Salvation is of God and only God.    He did it, it is his.   We had no part in it.

 

Who should we trust  to save us?

Ps 37:39-40

39           But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

40           And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (KJV)

 

* If we canít trust the Lord to deliver us, what business have we in trusting ourselves?

* We can not add to or help Gods plan of salvation nor take away from it.

 

Ps 62:6-8

6              He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.

7              In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

8                     Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

(KJV)

*  This rock is like the cement foundation of a house that we can stand on, build on  and established our only rightness the righteousness of Jesus where by we may have a relationship to God as sons then we can  fellowship with God .   It is not a slipper rock!  We can not move this foundation!   We can build on it.

 

Ps 51:10-14

10           Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11           Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12           Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13           Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14           Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. (KJV)

 

* Here David ask God to ďrestore unto me the joy of thy salvationĒ, not restore my salvation???

 

 

John 3:14-36

14                 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

 

* All they had to do to be saved was to have enough faith to look upon the brass serpent and they were saved .  This brass serpent  of course was (as you may know) a type of Christ.  See:  Num  21:4-9 the ref  *3) on last / bottom of this page.

 

15                 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

         Have eternal life, this is present tense. (itís a done deal, we are not involved in the making of the deal 

       once itís made.) Sin after you are saved is not of ourselves,*1)  and has no effect on this done deal.

       How can  that be  you ask.  Well because we have a relationship with our God.   Sin does not effect our  

       Relationship!   We are sonís of God no matter how we act.  We are still sonís of God, were by we cry

       Abba by adoption!  The adoption process in the Jewish law was more permanent than a blood relationship.

A natural son could be disowned, but an adopted son could not be disowned for any reason!  They really didnít even have a word for adoption and thus Paul used the Greek word to describe what was a Roman custom.  see: Romans  8: 15  (highlighted  reference at bottom of this article) and *2)  on last / bottom of this page.

    

 

16                 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

BELIEVE, BELIEVERS

                To place one's trust in God's truth; one who takes God at His word and trusts in Him for salvation.

                Mere assent to God's truth is not saving faith, according to the Bible <John 8:31-46; Acts 8:13-24; James 2:14-26>. Neither is total commitment of oneself to Jesus as Lord a form of saving faith. Such a view places too much emphasis on the act of belief, as opposed to the object of belief-- Jesus Christ. This view also goes beyond the biblical evidence of faith as reception of a gift <John 4:1-42; Eph. 2:8-10>.

                A belief that saves is one that rests in the finished work of Christ; it trusts God alone for salvation <John 3:16>. Believers are those who have trusted God with their will as well as their mind <Rom. 1:16; 3:22; 1 Thes. 1:7>. Some of the classic New Testament references dealing with belief, or faith, are <John 3:16,36; Acts 16:31; Rom. 3:21--5:1; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8-10>; and <1 John 5:1>.

(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)

(Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

 

17                 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

* Saved (past tense) again we are not to be saved by  his act of obedience unto death & our life lived in obedience.  Every time it is past tense or present tense did the writers not understand the difference.  They very well new the difference and used the past tense because they meant it!  Once you believe and confess unto salvation by Jesus Christ you are sealed by the Holy Spirit the contract is sealed by God and he can not break his promise even if we break ours!  See: *4) on last / bottom of this page.

 

18           He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ..... This we accept that he that believeth not is condemned already so why do we have a problem with He that believeth on him is not condemned...?

19           And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20           For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21           But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

22           After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23           And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

24           For John was not yet cast into prison.

25           Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

26           And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.

27           John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

28           Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

29           He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

30           He must increase, but I must decrease.

31           He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

32           And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

33           He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.  (see *3 on last page)

34           For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

35           The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

36           He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)

 

Heb 11:1-40

1              Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2              For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3              Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4              By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5              By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6              But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7              By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8              By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9              By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10           For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11           Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12           Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13           These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14           For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15           And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16           But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17           By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18           Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19           Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20           By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21           By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22           By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23           By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24           By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25           Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26           Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27           By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28           Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29           By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

30           By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31           By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32           And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33           Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34           Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35           Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36           And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37           They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38           (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39           And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40                 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

             (KJV)

 

A good report, but not salvation.  What was better?  Wasnít their  works and their Faith enough to finish this perfection.   Who finished this work of perfection?

 

Heb 12:1-10                                      CHAPTER 12

 

1              Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2                     Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

*   If he finished it, what are we doing?    We should be resting in it!   Thatís our rest, in him.  That is the true Sabbath!

 

3              For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4              Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

5              And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6              For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7              If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8              But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9              Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10           For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. (KJV)

 

Rom 8:14-23

14           For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15                 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  see *2) ref on last page 

16           The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17           And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18           For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19           For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20           For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21           Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22           For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23           And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)

 

John 6:35-40

35           And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

36           But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

37           All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38           For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39           And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40           And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)

 

* Now that sounds so simple even a child could be saved.  You see the Son and believe on him.

   

* Can we claim, God I came looking for you?  No, not even that, for God draws us!

 

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John 6:44-58

44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

48 I am that bread of life.

49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternale life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.


56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.


57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.


58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. (KJV)

John 17:1-3
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (KJV)

John 19:30

30        When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (KJV)

 

* If there is anything else that man can do to help God save us, what is it and why did  Jesus say

      " it is finished " when what he meant (according to others ) was I did my part,  now you do yours?

 

Rom 1:16-19

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;


19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
(KJV)

    Rom 9:13-16
13 Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
15 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."
16 It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy. (NIV)

* It does not, therefore, depend on manís desire or effort, but on Godís mercy! How clearer can you get?

Gal 4:4-7

4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
(KJV)
Who does the keeping?
Luke 15:3-6

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. (KJV)
* I think the shepherds did the keeping of their flock, did they not?

Isa 53:6
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (KJV) * We are the poor dum helpless sheep that go astray!

2 Tim 1:12-14
12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. * Have you committed yourself into his keeping?
13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
(KJV)

* The high priest of old had to offer sacrifices for sin, even there own, daily but Christ Ďs sacrifice was once, and once for all!

Heb 7:23-28

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;
24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26 Such a high priest meets our need-- one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. (NIV)

Heb 8:1-13 CHAPTER 8

1 The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.
3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.
4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.
5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.
7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.
8 But God found fault with the people and said: "The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
9 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord.
10 This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
11 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.
12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
13 By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear. (NIV)

Heb 9:1-28 CHAPTER 9

1 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary.
2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.
3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place,
4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron's staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.
5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.
6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry.
7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.
8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.
9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.
10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings-- external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance-- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it,
17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living.
18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood.
19 When Moses had proclaimed every commandment of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people.
20 He said, "This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep."
21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies.
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence.
25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.
26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (NIV)

Heb 10:1-25 CHAPTER 10

1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-- not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.
3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins,
4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, 'Here I am-- it is written about me in the scroll-- I have come to do your will, O God.'"
8 First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made).
9 Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second.
10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.
13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool,
14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.
can I add anything else?

17 Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more."
18 And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-- and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

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References:

*1) IT IS NOT I THAT SIN:
Rom 7:16-20
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (KJV)

This is confusing to me and I assume to most anyone so let us look at the New International Version .... it too is confusing so I added a few more verses that I think helps:

 Rom 7:15-20
16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
(from New International Version)

Rom 7:21-25

21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
(from New International Version)



*2) ADOPTION: The act of taking voluntarily a child of other parents as one's child; in a theological sense, the act of God's grace by which sinful people are brought into his redeemed family. In the New Testament, the Greek word translated adoption literally means "placing as a son." It is a legal term that expresses the process by which a man brings another person into his family, endowing him with the status and privileges of a biological son or daughter. In the Old Testament, adoption was never common among the Israelites. Adoption in the Old Testament was done by foreigners or by Jews influenced by foreign customs. Pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses and another pharaoh adopted Genubath <1 Kin. 11:20>. Furthermore, there is no Hebrew word to describe the process of adoption. When the Pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses, the text says, "And he became her son" . By New Testament times, Roman customs exercised a great deal of influence on Jewish family life. One custom is particularly significant in relation to adoption. Roman law required that the adopter be a male and childless; the one to be adopted had to be an independent adult, able to agree to be adopted. In the eyes of the law, the adopted one became a new creature; he was regarded as being born again into the new family-- an illustration of what happens to the believer at conversion. The apostle Paul used this legal concept of adoption as an analogy to show the believer's relationship to God. Although similar ideas are found throughout the New Testament, the word adoption, used in a theological sense, is found only in the writings of Paul . In Ephesians, Paul's emphasis was that our adoption rests with God, who "predestined us to adoption as sons" . In his letter to the Romans, Paul used the term to describe Israel's place of honor in God's plan . However, Gentile believers have also been given the "Spirit of adoption," which allows them to cry, "Abba, Father" . God's adoption of the believer also has a future dimension, the assurance that the believer's body will be resurrected . (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary) (Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)


*3) OLD TESTAMENT REFERENCE CONCERNING THE BRASS OR FIERY SERPENT:

Num 21:4-9
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. (KJV)


*4) WE ARE SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT: Eph 1:13-14 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)

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John 3:16-17
16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
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