Saturday, January 3, 2015

Heb 10:8-19 "Done!", not "Do!"


Heb 10:8-19 When he said above, "You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), then he added, "Behold, I have come to do your will." He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 

The main difference between Christianity and other religions is in the word "do". Other religions say, "Do this and do that... and maybe you will obtain salvation." Christianity, on the other hands, say "Done!" When Jesus cried out at the Cross, "It is finished!" (John 19:30), he was not crying out of despair, but out of victory. In fact, the word "finished" (tetelestai) means completed, the deal is done. Everything that is necessary for our salvation has been accomplished through Christ's self-offering for sin. It's done for everyone once for all: "But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified" (Heb 10:12-14).

So, Jesus in offering himself once for all fulfilled and completed all the requirements of Moses' Law and at the same time put an end to it. However, he did not leave us lawless, but send His Spirit to install within us a new OS that operates within the confine of God's moral and spiritual laws of life: "And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,'" From now onward, God no longer deals with those who put their faith in Christ according to their sins, for "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more". Instead, he now deals with us according to our obedience to the Holy Spirit. The more we obey the Spirit, the more we experience transformation of character and conduct.

So, Christianity says, "Done!" not "Do!" to be saved. But once saved and sanctified, we are then ready to do--not to get saved but because we are already saved. Thanks be to God!

Father, thank You that those who put their trust in Jesus Christ are forgiven people, for You do not deal with them according to their sins but according to their obedience and submission to the Holy Spirit indwelling them. Amen.

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