Tuesday in the Twenty-Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Hebrews 10:10-14

He Has Perfected for All Time

One of the greatest misunderstandings among evangelicals is that salvation is a “get out of hell free” card.  They treat “getting saved” as a point in time and leave it there.  I do agree that regeneration, or rebirth through the Holy Spirit, is a singular event, though not always discerned by the one saved when it happens.  But salvation is much richer than the way that evangelicals, and particularly Baptists, have often preached it.

The Preacher has been telling us how ineffectual the sacrifices under the law were for cleansing the believer’s conscience, which is exactly why they had to be performed over and over again.  By contrast, Christ “offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins” and then “sat down at the right hand of God.”  His exaltation at the right hand provides an explanation point to his earthly ministry and passion: It is finished; he need never offer himself again!  His was the last sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice because he is the perfect Son.  Thus, while the priests ministering at the altar stand, Christ sits—his work of redemption complete.  He now waits for the time when he returns and his enemies are made a footstool for his feet.

Moreover, unlike those animal sacrifices which could not clear the conscience of the believer, Christ has “perfected forever those who are being sanctified,” for “we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ.”  Understand that what the Preacher is saying here is completely objective: The believer has been sanctified and perfected forever; it relies not on his feelings.  The one who has been born again has been forever sanctified.

But the believer is “being sanctified” as well.  We must continue in God’s grace if we will grow in holiness.  And this is where so many evangelicals miss the mark.  Indeed, talk of “being saved” even frightens them.  They want to know that they are completely saved now.  And they are—“if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in [them],” as Paul says (Romans 8:9).  And if one cares not for continuing and growing in that grace, crucifying the flesh, and engaging in the spiritual disciplines, then one must wonder if he or she were ever sanctified (born again) in the first place. 

We have a wonderful Savior who has perfected us as only his blood can.  Let us remain in that grace as he nurtures us in godliness and one day gathers us unto himself.  It’s the least, and most, we can do.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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