CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. – Hebrews 9:28

INTRODUCTION

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”

First He said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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 had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool. For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

Then He adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. – Hebrews 10:1-18

ANIMAL SACRIFICES PROVIDED ONLY A TEMPORAL WAY TO DEAL WITH SIN UNTIL JESUS CAME TO DEAL WITH SIN PERMANENTLY.

The writer of Hebrews applies to Christ the words of the psalmist in Psalm 40:6-8: Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”

Jesus Christ came to offer His body on the cross for us as a sacrifice that is completely acceptable to God. God’s new and living way for us to please Him is not by keeping laws or even by abstaining from sin. It is by coming to Him in faith to be forgiven, and then following Him in loving obedience. Considering the immeasurable gift He gave us, we should respond by giving Him our devotion and service.

The priests repeated the sacrifice often; Christ’s sacrificed once for all. The sacrifice system couldn’t completely remove sin; Jesus Christ’s sacrifice effectively cleansed us. Beware of anyone who tells you that His sacrifice still leaves us incomplete or that something else is needed to make us acceptable to God. When we believe in Him, He makes us completely right with God. Our loving relationship leads us to follow Him in willing obedience and service. He is pleased with our service, but we cannot be saved by our good deeds.

We have been made perfect, yet we are being made holy. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ, once for all, made us perfect in God’s sight. We should not be surprised, ashamed, or shocked that we still need to grow. God is not finished with us. We can encourage this growth process by deliberately applying scripture to all areas of our lives, by accepting the discipline and guidance Christ provides, and by giving Him control of our desires and goals.

CONCLUSION

The writer concludes His argument with His powerful statement that God will never again remember our sins. Jesus Christ forgives completely, so there is no need to confess our past sins repeatedly. As believers, we can be confident that the sins we confess and renounce are forgiven and forgotten.

Stay Blessed!

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