HOLY OBLATION - PART 1
TUESDAY 18 APRIL 2023
Holy oblation is referred to as a sacrifice, thanksgiving, first-fruits, tithe offering and other gifts of significant value, which are offered to the only wise and holy God. It also entails the presentation of bread and wine to God for the purposes of observing holy Communion, which is also called the Eucharist or Lord's Supper. In this topic, we are going to be taught the right way of honouring our divine and supreme government, which is headed by Christ, seated above, at the right hand of God, in His state of perfection. Isaiah 9:6 says, "...And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Reference: 1 Corinthians 10:20 New International Version (NIV) "No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons."
God wants us to cultivate Godly fear when it comes to our obligation to stick to the principles of Kingdom oblation.
Here, then, St. Paul, contrasts these two manners of offering: The sacrifices offered to demons by pagans and that which is offered to Christ - from whom we derive our spiritual nature. For the sake of introduction into this topic, I will leave you with this knowledge below, which is self-explanatory but I will shed more light on this Scripture, in order to reveal the depth in the successive parts of the topic.
1 Corinthians 10:15-22 (MSG)
15-18 I assume I'm addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusions: When we drink the cup of blessing, aren't we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn't it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don't we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn't become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in Him. We don't reduce Christ to what we are; He raises us to what He is. That's basically what happened even in old Israel—those who ate the sacrifices offered on God's altar entered into God's action at the altar.
19-22 Do you see the difference? Sacrifices offered to idols are offered to nothing, for what's the idol but a nothing? Or worse than nothing, a minus, a demon! I don't want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself. And you can't have it both ways, banqueting with the Master one day and slumming with demons the next. Besides, the Master won't put up with it. He wants us—all or nothing. Do you think you can get off with anything less?
Beloved, the way or who we offer our hearty sacrifices to, tells much about who we are worshiping. If you are offering sacrifices to God, you're engaging a quickening Spirit because Christ, having eternal life in Himself, will quicken everything about you, thereby imparting even a more refined abundant life, robustness and vigour to you through His enabling Spirit. Stay tuned for part 2. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - 1 Chronicles 29:9; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Hebrews 13:15-16.
Exuberant Declaration: Jesus is the bread of life and a life-giving Spirit, the One in whom I get energized and animated to keep fulfilling God's perfect will, in the right manner, with a sense of grace. Hallelujah!