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For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling them that have been defiled, sanctify unto the cleanness of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish unto God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:13-14).A key issue with many, however, is this: at what point does this cleansing of the blood of Christ occur? It commonly is alleged that such happens at the moment of one’s faith (trust) in the Lord. Paul contends otherwise. In his letter to the Ephesians he points out that though the redeemed at Ephesus had been saved by the grace of God through faith (2:8-9), the actual moment of cleansing was achieved by “the washing of water with [in conjunction with the reception of] the word” (5:25-26).
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took each of them his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire before Jehovah, which he had not commanded them. And there came forth fire from before Jehovah, and devoured them and they died before Jehovah (Leviticus 10:1-2).This is a shocking turn of events to the person who is uninformed, or who has but a casual regard for the precise commands of the Almighty. Exactly what was the sin of these two men?
ma'al, which carries such nuances as unfaithful, disloyal, infidelity, breach of trust, malfeasance, etc. (VanGemeren 1997, 1020). To act presumptuously, without appropriate divine authority, is a serious crime against God and those who engage in such are spiritual criminals.
Be, therefore, imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell (5:1-2).The language calls to mind the fragrant offerings mentioned in the book of Leviticus that pre-figured the voluntary offering of Jesus on our behalf (Leviticus 1:9, 13, 17; 2:2, 10, etc.). It is a picturesque way of saying that the Father would be satisfied with the atoning death of his Son (cf. Isaiah 53:11).
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:14-15, ESV).How thrilling it is to know that Christians, by their proclamation of Christ and his gospel, diffuse the thrilling fragrance of salvation to those who are inclined to embrace it. Paul goes on to say that the same message becomes a deadly vapor to those who stubbornly reject it (v. 16).