Once For All
Energize me, Lord of love, to follow more perfectly Your model of selfless love to others.
Read Hebrews 10:11–18
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
When a person trusts Christ, their sins are all forgiven, the guilt is gone and the matter is completely settled forever. Good news indeed!
The contrast between the old and the new again focuses on the contrast between the “once for all” nature of Christ’s sacrifice (10) and the constant repetition of old-covenant sacrifices. “Once for all” means Christ’s work of atonement for sin is finished. “Once for all” means our sins have been taken away forever (contrast with 11). “Once for all” means Christ is sitting permanently at the right hand of God, the place of power and victory (12). “Once for all” means all that is left is for him (and us) to wait for his victory to be made fully evident throughout all creation (13). You may find it helpful to meditate on the truth that one key aspect of Christ’s current occupation is simply to wait.
Meanwhile, we find that the one who is both perfect priest-king and perfect sacrifice has shared his perfection (or “completeness”). He has “made perfect for ever those who are being made holy” (14). We are simultaneously “made perfect” or complete and “being made holy.” The former speaks of our standing in Christ before our holy God; the latter reflects spiritual growth into the likeness of Christ during our lives on earth.
The quotations in verses 16 and 17 are from Jeremiah 31:33 and 34, here identified as the words of the Holy Spirit (15). This is one of several examples in Hebrews of the Word of God and the Spirit of God working together to feed, teach, challenge, comfort and assure the people of God. The Holy Spirit, testifying through the promises of Scripture, confirms that the new covenant does indeed secure final remission of sins through the one perfect once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ and thereby brings us assurance of full forgiveness.
Do you find it hard to accept full assurance of forgiveness? Pray that you may experience that assurance.
Mighty God, the truth that my sins are forgiven, forgotten, forever fills me with thanksgiving and joy.
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