Season After Pentecost – Theology Lesson in Four Parts (The Epistle Passage)

For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (Hebrews 9:24-28)

This passage is filled with theology lessons. In fact it almost seems that each verse in a lesson unto its self. Heaven is not just a ideal or idyllic model but a realm of existence where God is. It is not a place but a level of existence that we have no firm idea about. It is where Jesus was and is now, an aspect of God that reminds the God-self imperfect humans have been redeemed and been made worthy of entrance to heaven.

While we cannot understand why Jesus Christ came into the world at that time, it is the only time that this redeeming act needed to be done. It covers all of humanity from that point up to and including the present. And ushers in all that has gone before with forgiving. It is a time in history that is not confined to one time but continues to exist and spread its influence.

The time before Christ and the time after Christ are two distinct periods; what was understood before and what came to be understood after altered the image and perception of God and the Divine.

When Christ comes again, it will not be a second chance for the world, humanity, and creation but an accounting of how the world, humanity, and creation has conducted itself since Jesus revealed what it meant to follow God.

Four verses, beloved reader. Four lessons. May the Holy Spirit write them on your heart. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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