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.” (Hebrews 10:14–17, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Has made perfect.” Past tense. Justification. “Being made holy.” Present continuous tense. Sanctification. “Forever.” Future tense. Glorification. After justification, continuing through sanctification and climaxing in glorification.
Justification – Like the Apostle Paul, we must realize that we have not yet been made perfect. We have been saved. This was a past event, never to be repeated, where once and forever God made it “just as if I’d never sinned.” Justification is a legal term signifying that all the claims of God’s moral laws have been satisfied by Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and that those accepting the terms of that sacrifice (believe and receive) are acquitted.
Glorification – Because we have been justified, we have a future destination. Someday we will enter God’s presence and we will be made perfect. Glorification, as the term is used in the Bible, refers to the ultimate perfection of the believer.
Sanctification – In the meantime, we need to keep pressing on toward growth and development, adding to our faith in increasing measure. Sanctification is a fancy theological term that means being purified and made holy. It is a continuing process happening now that connects our past justification with our future glorification. It is not a perfect process, because “we have not yet been made perfect.” There will be up and downs. We will encounter speed bumps along our path as Satan tries to sidetrack us along the way. He cannot change the fact that we have been justified. He cannot change our final destination. But he can influence our journey between the two points hoping to make it less victorious that it might otherwise be.
All of this “by one sacrifice.” One perfect sacrifice. Perfect because it only needed one (but the right one), and it lasts forever. No expiration. Cannot be forfeited. Cannot be recalled.
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