The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of August 3, 2015
Once for All
Hebrews 10:11-14, “And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
Beloved, one thing you will notice when you walk into a Calvary Chapel is that there is no crucifix visible. Why? Because Christ’s sacrifice was once for all! His work is finished and He no longer needs to hang on the Cross. His work is complete! In the Old Testament, sacrifices were a daily regiment. That is no longer the case. Jesus was the last sacrifice. He offered up Himself for our sins, once for all.
What a joy it is to our hearts to know that we do not need to offer up sacrifices of bulls or goats, lambs or pigeons. All of our sins, past, present and future were taken care of on the Cross. Jesus Christ, “offered one sacrifice for sins forever.”
The salvation it provided is forever. Not like the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement. Not like the constant sacrifices in the old covenant. This one provided an eternal forgiveness. Old covenant forgiveness was somehow tied to each sacrifice. And new forgiveness had to be sought after the next sin. But here is total forgiveness and complete security. We have been, “perfected forever,” which means to put into a permanent state of complete righteousness by being covered with the righteousness of Christ.
Beloved, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ then is effective forever. It is effective for all who believe because it fulfills God's design. It replaces the old inadequate system. It sanctifies the believer. It removes sin and replaces it with righteousness. It destroys the enemy and all who follow him. It brings with it eternal security and it fulfills the promise of God and thus convinces us of His faithfulness. It is so perfect that nothing can be added to it and all we are ever asked to do is believe in it.
Beloved, by receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts we can now rest on His completed work in our life and focus on living for Him!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!