EVERY MAN's work shall be tested
You're seriously telling me that you can't see the conection bewteen that statemnt and and the old covenant. The covenant based upon an individuals works inorder to present themselves as righteous. Come on, that's sel-explanitory. You need to here the very thing you are saying friend.
Those who are "walking in sin" are already covered by the blood of the lamb (otherwise Jesus would have to be sacrificed on a regular basis to atone for people today). Now they must be purified, just as believers are already going through the process.
That statement is just in error. Sorry to be blunt but it's not biblical, it's definatley a north american religous statement, it just has no beaing in biblical theology.
1 john 4:17 "because as He (Jesus), so also are we in this world."As a far as I understand it Jesus doesn't need any purification, thus neither do I.
1 Corinthians 1:30 "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,"Doesn't say yet we still need purification does it?
Titus 1:15 "To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled."
The idea that someone isn't pure comes from a mind that doesn't know that they are pure, because of what Jesus did. Becuase of Jesus all have been made pure, all have been purified by the blood, none are waiting on it. You defile the blood of Jesus by saying it hasn't cleansed you.
Those who are "walking in sin" are already covered by the blood of the lamb
Sorry, this again is a misunderstanding of scripture. The blood didn't cover sin it did away with sin. Shall people then continue in the ways of the former in the midst of the new, well they shouldn't but some definatley do, yet their behaviour doesn't discount or remove the fact that sin has been dealt with, no one is "still in sin."
The new covenant proclaims that;
Hebrews 8:7For "if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.
8For finding fault with them, He says,
"(Q)BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD,
WHEN I WILL EFFECT (R)A NEW COVENANT
WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;
9(S)NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS
ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND
TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT;
FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT,
AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.
10"(T)FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
AND I WILL WRITE THEM (U)ON THEIR HEARTS.
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
11"(V)AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN,
AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, 'KNOW THE LORD,' FOR (W)ALL WILL KNOW ME
FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.
12"(X)FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES,
(Y)AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE
13When He said, "(Z)A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete
(AA)But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.
Jesus's blood doesn't cover sin, it removes it from memory, God can even recall anyone ever being sinful, that apparently is our own doing!
Simply, people we need o start understanding that Jesus did more for us than our febel doctrines we hang onto can allow. Jesus accomplished all things and included us in that. He didn't hold anything back, He loves us!! It's us that abhore Him and refuse what His love has done.
Jesus's wasn't able to pufify me, yet He did make me all that is good and right in God! The very righteousness that God is, that's what I have become becasue of Him, 2 Corinthians 5:21. Yet He is too weak to make me pure with the same sacrifice? I am complete in Him Colossians 2:10. And the same is for everyone!
Don't seak in among a breathren that are complete and hang upon them the lie that they need, they have no need, they have Jesus!