I want to stay on the topic of hell, but I feel like it might be too heavy for now. So, I’ll write about Jonah’s revelation of hell in Jonah 2 and the “Burden of Ninevah” later…
A question has been in the back of my mind for some time now: How does one temporal death pay the price for eternity: both in giving us heaven and saving us from hell? It seemed unbalanced that God’s suffering and death on the cross could pay an eternal price. No matter how great the suffering, torture, or painful the death, it did not make sense to my mind. It seemed that if this were some mysterious spiritual equation that the only way to balance that equation would be some kind of eternal torment for the One paying the price (Jesus). This troubled me even more. Would a piece of His soul be in torment forever?
I found a great part of my answer in Hebrews 9. Basically the equation wasn’t at all like I had in mind. The amplified version of Hebrews 9:15-17 says the following:
[Christ, the Messiah] is therefore the Negotiator and Mediator of an [entirely] new agreement (testament, covenant), so that those who are called and offered it may receive the fulfillment of the promised everlasting inheritance–since a death has taken place which rescues and delivers and redeems them from the transgressions committed under the [old] first agreement. For where there is a [last] will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established, For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive. (Italics, mine)
So, basically, I was looking at the sacrifice from only an “atonement” point of view. (As in, sheep were sacrificed for sin in the old testament, etc…). This is another multidimensional facet of the sacrifice of Jesus that I will continue to research. But I had not considered the fact that the “new covenant” also involved God’s living will.
Just as you and I have wills that include things that we own: a car, house, money, whatever. God had a living will drawn up, but His inheritance is EVERYTHING including His spirit. But the will takes effect only at death. So, with one death, the death of GOD, the inheritance was passed on for all those who would choose to become children of God. This is one way that one temporal death had an eternal reward.
The Mystery of the Power of the Blood
I am continuing to look into the power of the blood of Jesus.n Hebrews 9 continues to speak on this temporal sacrifice that somehow had eternal implications. The old testament was an earthly foreshadowing of heavenly things. I’m still puzzled how the blood of a man, though He be God, saved humanity from an eternal punishment.
Pray for me as I seek revelation on this…