For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.Hebrews 10:14(NASB)
What a contrast Christ's one offering of Himself on the cross was to the ongoing, perpetual, daily sacrifices that the Old Testament priests were required to carry out day by day.. in order to cover the sins of Israel - for by the one offering of Himself has the Lord Jesus Christ perfected for all time - all those who have trusted in the blood of the Lamb for the forgiveness of sins.. and the redemption of their soul.
We were positioned in Christ and sanctified in Him once and for all.. at the point of rebirth. We were placed in union with our Saviour and set apart for Him, which is an act that can never be changed in time or in eternity. We are positionally sanctified. We are one with our Saviour. We are accepted in the Beloved and made members of His body - once and for all.
But we are also being sanctified during our sojourn on earth. We are positionally sanctified and are progressively being sanctified by Christ's one sacrifice of Himself. We are being changed from glory to glory as we mature in the faith and grow in grace - for He Who began a good work in us the moment we were saved by grace through faith.. will continue to transform our new, “born-again-life in Christ', into the image and likeness of Himself - and this will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and a knowledge of God's Son - that we will become mature in the Lord, and measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ
Christ single offering of Himself on the cross has perfected all those who are being sanctified. Christ's one sacrifice has made perfect all who are saved by grace through faith in Him. When our Saviour cried out IT IS FINISHED, the sacrifice for sin was completed. The work of the cross was done. The payment for all sin had been PAID IN FULL - forever.
Sadly today there are some Christian denominations that continue to offer up the Lord Jesus as an ongoing, perpetual, sacrifice - each time they celebrate His death on the cross in their services. Sadly these Christians are oblivious to the fact that: by one offering, Christ has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
The Old Testament sacrifices produced a REMBERANCE of sins but Christ's ONCE-for-all sacrifice on the cross had provided REMISSION of sins. Let us rejoice and be glad in the one finished sacrifice for sin and praise our Lord and Saviour for His grace and favour.
Heavenly Father, how we praise and thank You for Your glorious plan of salvation - once for all on the cross. Thank You for the remission of sin and thank You that You remember our sins no more. Thank You that by Christ's one offering of Himself, I have been made perfect in Your eyes for all time and into eternity. Help me to live a life that is honouring to Your name, in Jesus Christ I pray, AMEN.
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