Hebrews 10. Forum Discussion

Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” What a comforting scripture!

Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins once and for all. Notice how the Hebrew writer makes it a point to say that those who are sanctified are “Perfected” by Jesus’ offering. Being sanctified means to be set apart for God’s work.

We become sanctified when we make the decision to follow Christ and put God first in our lives. This means that we actively work to learn God’s commandments and then keep them. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Through Bible studies and obedience to the scriptures, we can be perfected through the precious blood of Jesus.

This means that repeated sacrifices are not necessary year after year as they were under the Law (Old Testament). “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.” – Hebrews 10:1 

Rather than sacrificing animals, we instead are saved through our faith and obedience in Jesus. “Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of  the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of  the Law; since  by the works of  the Law no flesh will be justified.” Galatians 2:16.

Grace also plays a vital role in our salvation. The definition of grace is, “Unmerited Favor” which means receiving something that we have not earned. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 

The remainder of chapter 10 issues a warning not to fall back to our sinful ways.

“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – Hebrews 10:26-31. Amen

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