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In ancient Israel, the priests were continually offering sacrifices to atone for the people's sins. Specifically, the high priest annually entered the most sacred room in the temple to prepare a sacrifice that would absolve the entire nation of sin for that year. This room, which is known as the Holy of Holies, was where God's Spirit dwelled in those days.
Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection changed the process. He became the High Priest, and the sacrifice was His own life-an offering powerful enough to pay the sin debt of all mankind. Through Jesus' one offering, He made holy any person who trusts in Him as Savior. He does not have to die every year. And unlike the Jewish priests who could enter God's presence only once annually, Jesus sat down at the Father's right hand, to remain in His holy presence forever. There, Christ continues His work as High Priest by interceding on behalf of believers when Satan accuses them.
God recognized that in our humanity, we would remain weak-even after being born again (John 3:3; 2 Cor. 12:9). So His rescue plan extends beyond pardoning our sins. He also sends His Holy Spirit to indwell every Christian. That means the Helper is always present to guide us in making wise, righteous decisions.
The Father's redemption plan meets all of mankind's needs. Jesus Christ offered a perfect sacrifice to cover our every sin, and now He continues to intercede on our behalf. At the same time, the indwelling Holy Spirit molds us into holy creatures while helping us to avoid temptation.