have been reading the book of Hebrews lately and have been
blessed to be reminded of the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice
on the cross for our sins. It is encouraging to realize that
when Jesus died on the cross, that He did so not only for
our past and present sins, but for our future sins
as well! It says in the book of Hebrews: "We
have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus
Christ once for all" (Heb 10:10 NIV).
This is brought out earlier in the
same chapter when the writer compares the superiority
of Christ's sacrifice on the cross to the Old Testament sacrifices
of goats and bulls. In stating that these Old Testament sacrifices
could never take our sins away, the writer of Hebrews states:
"For this reason it (the Old Testament
sacrifices) can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly
year after year, make perfect (completely cleanse and
forgive) those who draw near to worship. If it could, would
they not have stopped being offered? For the worshippers would
have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer
have felt guilty for their sins" (Heb 10:1-2 NIV).
Old Testament offering is stated again in direct contrast
to Christ's everlasting and eternal sacrifice: "Day
after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties;
again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never
take away sins. But when this priest (Jesus) had offered
for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the
right hand of God" (Heb 10:11-12 NIV).
Isn't it good to know that, as a
believer in Jesus, your sins are completely covered?
That unlike the old testament sacrifices, you have been made
perfect by Christ's blood? If it sounds just too good to be
true, consider again the book of Hebrews: "By
one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who
are being made holy." (Hebrews 10:14 NIV)
This verse brings out two amazing
truths. That even though believers are "made perfect"
and thus reborn and forgiven completely, we are still being
"made holy" that is, we are still being sanctified
and made into Christ's image and likeness. We have here the
promise of our eternal forgiveness as well as the promise
of the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Any
way you look at it, it still comes down to one word: Grace.