Our Lord has done all that is needed for the entirety of the human race! That sounds a bit like heresy, but it isn’t — it is good theology. Our Bibles tell us that He entered into the Most Holy Place of the eternal sanctuary “once for all” just like His sacrifice was “once for all.” Sometimes we protestants have fought the catholic people over their words in their liturgy without realizing we do the same thing when we do not understand that all sins have been forgiven. It is true that everyone must accept our Lord and what has been done for each and every one of us, but our sins were taken away over 2,000 years ago!
No one will be eternally separated from God because of their actions. We, however, will be separated from Him if we do not receive Him and move into relationship with Jesus Christ. The lesson of Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews (I do not believe Hebrews was a Pauline book — due to internal textual evidence) sin was paid for on the cross and mankind is now free to relate to God freely and very personally.
When we try to impose “law” upon one another, we undercut the work of Jesus. I think Paul makes that very clearly. We cannot live by law and by grace. Titus 2:12 tells us that “grace teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness.” So we do not even need the law to teach us right and wrong. Grace does that.
Just how grace does that, I am studying and working to find out its pieces parts. It is exciting so far and oh so life giving. I am hearing the Good News all over again in newness and freshness. You are welcome to come on the journey with me.
“Jesus loves me this I know, For the Bible tells me so” — He is not mad at me or at you. Isn’t that wonderful?!