January 31

Hebrews 10:10-18 (NLT)
Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All
10 For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. 11 Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. 12 But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 13 There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says, 16 “This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” 17 Then he says, “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.” 18 And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.

V10, By that will of God, to which Jesus was utterly obedient, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

George Landis comments:
This is a positional sanctification, as is the case all through Hebrews with the exception of 12:14, and is true of all believers (1 Cor. 6:11) and not merely of a few “advanced Christians.” It is accomplished by the will of God and the sacrifice of Christ. We are set apart by God, to God, and for God. It is not to be confused with the progressive work of God’s Spirit in the believer that comes through the Word (John 17:17–19; 1 Thess. 5:23).

V11-12, The author of Hebrews contrasts the Levitical priests with Jesus, our High Priest. The Levitical priests always stood before God. There were no seats in the sanctuary, for the priests’ job was never done – there were always more sins for which to atone. In contrast, Christ sat down (1:3; 8:1) after offering Himself as a sacrifice. Sitting indicates that His work of atonement is finished. His final words on the Cross, “It is finished,” declare this spiritual reality (John 19:30).

V14, The surpassing value of His offering is seen in that by it He has perfected forever (or in perpetuity) those who are being sanctified. Those who are being sanctified here means all who have been set apart to God from the world, that is, all true believers. They have been perfected in a twofold sense. First, they have a perfect standing before God; they stand before the Father in all the acceptability of His beloved Son. Second, they have a perfect conscience as far as the guilt and penalty of sin are concerned; they know that the price has been paid in full and that God will not demand payment a second time.

V14, Perfected for all time does not mean that believers are now already sinless, but that Christ has fully earned their perfection. The eternal perfection (see 11:40; 12:23) of the saints stems from the once-for-all-nature of Jesus’ sacrifice. Hence, believers look to Christ and not to themselves for a cleansed conscience, full forgiveness of sins, and total flawlessness in the future. “Those who are being sanctified” (i.e., those who are made holy; 2:11; 10:10; 13:12). The Greek present participle allows for the idea of progressive sanctification in this life and/or present positional sanctification of the believer as one who from the start is deemed perfectly holy (see 10:10; and “saints” in 6:10; 13:24).

V14, The finished work of Christ in dying for sin once for all (v. 10) has perfected (v. 1) forever those who are being sanctified, that is, those who have been set apart to God (see v. 10). Notice that the sanctification spoken of in v. 10 is positional; it refers to our justification, the fact that we have been declared righteous. However in this verse, sanctification refers to the gradual process by which believers are being made more and more perfect.

V16–18, If full and final forgiveness has been achieved so that God does not remember sin any longer (v . 17), then no further sacrifice for sin is necessary. To remember sins no more does not mean to forget, but not to hold sin against us any longer.

Life Application

A sacrifice for sins…good for all times. Do you get that? I mean deep-down get it? The Born-again believer in Jesus Christ has had their past sins forever washed white as snow. Don’t then allow reminders of past sins to haunt you, Christ forgave you, it’s time you forgive yourself.