The blood, the priest, and the mercy seat

The blood, the priest, the seat of mercy
Philippians 3:7-11But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ; And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
**Man, without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit, are entirely depraved. Full of wicked intentions, and selfish desire. It is easy to look at the murderer, the rapist, the heinous criminal and say they are completely lost and depraved. But we must realize that even on our best day we could not obtain the level of Gods holiness he desires of us. For this reason the only hope for any man is the mercy of a loving God.  
The blood – it represents the making of sacrifice, it represents the giving of life. 
The priest – The standard of holiness, (God said don’t do this so that the people will see a difference between righteousness in unrighteousness). The mediator of righteousness, The responsibility of carrying the blood (the sacrificial life) into the holy of holies 
The mercy seat- was the lid of the ark of the covenant. (the seal upon the testimony of Gods Word and promise.) Inside the ark was the laws of God written on two tables of stone (The Commandments of God) The rod of Aaron that budded (The appointment of God) pot of manna (The miraculous provision of God) Under watchful eye of the cherubim. The space in between was the oracle of God. 
1 John 4:7-10Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation “hilasmose” for our sins.
“propitiation” from the Greek word hilasterion. Concretely it specifically means the Lid of the Ark (in the Temple) (Strong’s Greek Dictionary). The only other occurrence of the Greek hilasterion in the New Testament is in Hebrews 9:5, where the NASB translates it as “mercy seat”.
Hebrews 9:5And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
If you love someone you are willing to do what ever it takes to see total restoration. 
Jesus was willing to become the sacrifice the priest and the mercy seat. 
Love is not the feeling that you have when you see goodness in others. Love is the action you make in spite of what you see in others. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7Love is patient,love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
John 15:13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


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