No need to work for your salvation is the final of seven (7) things that Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. He did it by abolishing elements of the law.
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
“You don’t have to slay the lamb anymore, you don’t have to put the blood on the door, someone has taken the place of the lamb, Jesus, the Great I Am”. These are the words of a song that we sing at church to celebrate the fact that elements of the law have been abolished because Jesus went to the cross. Ephesians 2:15 confirmed this truth in stating that the law of the commandments contained in the ordinances have been abolished. It is not that the law or the commandments have been abolished, that could not be the case since we are still expected to obey the laws and commandments of God. Specifically what the scripture was saying was that the ordinances or rules and regulations that supported the law given under the first covenant have been abolished. Examples of those rules and regulations include the killing of lambs, bulls, etc. to offer the sin or burnt offerings to God. These practices were only a fore shadow of what Jesus would do on the cross; and since they were already fulfilled there is no need for them to be continued.
There are 3 reasons why it is necessary for those ordinances to be abolished? The first is to make it easier for the human race to receive salvation. As a result of the abandonment of those ordinances, huge expenses and inconveniences that were previously associated with taking animals far distances to be sacrificed have now been eliminated. The second benefit is that humanity no longer needs to work for their salvation. The execution of the rules and regulations under the old covenant was synonymous with mankind working for their salvation. Today we do not have to work for our salvation. It comes simply by faith in Jesus. The final reason the ordinances had to be removed was to ensure that worship would no longer hinge on religious rituals. The worship that God requires is that of worshipping Him in spirit and truth. John 4:23 says “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth”
When we consider all that Jesus did for us on the cross, how can we not worship him?
Life Application: In lieu of what Jesus did, live every day in total surrender to Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your shed blood. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice that ensures that I do not have to kill any animals in order to be saved. In Jesus name, amen.