Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: February 15, 2015
What comes to your mind when you hear the word scandalous? Something shocking or improper? Perhaps the latest celebrity gossip or political headline? What if I were to tell you that one of the most scandalous things ever is God's grace? Now that is downright scandalous just thinking that, right? Not at all! Join us February 1st - March 29th as we explore the scandalous nature of God's grace. Scandalous Grace: Ephesians Part I - February 1st - March 29th
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
"Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins. And so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which dwells with them in the midst of their uncleannesses.
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.