“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.”
Hebrews 10:14 HCSB
Within all human beings is an intrinsic desire to do better. This is the core message of many religions in the world today. Yet, only Christianity provides the answer.
The gospel’s message presents the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the end to striving for salvation by good works. His death bridges the gap between God and us. Hebrews 10:10 (NLT) tells us, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.”
Yet, many believers struggle to see the once-for-all-time nature of this. Sometimes, we struggle with inconsistencies in our lives. This should not be. In the light of this, we must renew our minds and see ourselves the way God sees us. He sees us as holy.
What is holiness? First, it is an attribute of God. Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 record visions of angels singing “Holy Holy Holy” before the throne of God. Sin can never be a problem for Him.
Then, throughout the Bible, God calls inanimate objects holy. For example, the ground at Sinai (Exodus 3), the utensils in the tabernacle (Exodus 40), and the garments of the priests (Leviticus 8 ). How can these things be holy if they did not do anything to earn it?
They can because holiness means to be set apart. In Leviticus 8:30, we see a pointer to what makes a person holy. Moses sprinkled the priests with the blood of ram to set them apart for service. By this act, they were able to approach God’s presence and serve in the temple without fear of death. They did nothing to earn their holy state, as it were.
Hebrews 10 showed us these things were a shadow of things to come. The blood of bulls could not take away the sins of men but by the once and for all sacrifice of Jesus, we are made holy! Now, we can stand boldly before the throne of God.
In the Old Testament, the priests had to make sacrifices daily but when Christ ascended after His resurrection, He sat down at the right hand of God! This signifies the finality of His work. This is for our benefit!
Beloved, we have been made holy forever! It is why Apostle Peter calls us a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9). You may not always feel like it, but in God’s eyes, you are perfect. When you see inconsistencies, remind yourself of your state and walk in it.
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 4:21-41, 1 Corinthians 8, Psalm 81, Joshua 24.