This was the sin of the angels who fell. Pride and self-seeking changed them from
bright & beautiful angels into dark, ugly & rotten-smelling demons,
whose destinies are in the dark, smelly, cold, desolate place called hell.
Man's life since Adam's fall, is made of self-love, self-will & self-pleasing.
Self is the idol he serves...the cause of all sin & misery found in this world.
"But now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by
the sacrifice of Himself." (Hebrews 9:26)
So "through the eternal Spirit, (Jesus) offered Himself without spot to God,
to purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." (Hebrews 9:14)
Your sin, my sin, the sins of all who have ever lived, and yet to live,
came on Jesus through the eternal Spirit.
"By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified." (Hebrews 10:14)
...that completely perfect all who put their faith in the sacrifice.
But our appropriation of it, our sanctification is a progressive one,
receiving more and more of God,
and further and further away from sin and the world.
Jesus came to be our Saviour by delivering us from self,
so that we live no longer to ourselves.
Jesus humbled Himself, took the form of a servant and even to death on a cross.
"Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)
"Come unto Me. Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls."
In order to find rest, what is the main thing to have?
Meekness... a willingness to learn, and to be meek.
This is the way to be blessed.
Jesus subjected Himself to the will of God, and sacrificed Himself for the glory of God.
Because He humbled Himself even unto death, God highly exalted Him
We too must come to the place where the Lamb is.
The Lamb will lead us to the living water;
He'll perfect the salvation begun in us.
We'll share in the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Your fellowship with the Lamb is fellowship in His sacrifice,
in His meekness, in His power and in His victory.
The denial of self,
and fellowship with the death of the Lamb
is our hope into eternal life and salvation.
"The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom
and strength and honour and glory and blessing."
"You're worthy to take the scroll and to open its seal, because you were slain,
and with Your blood you purchased men for God." (Revelation 5:9)