10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:10 (NASB95)
14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
Hebrews 10:14 (NASB95)
(My thanks to Dr. Andrew Farley for his teaching on this subject)
Sanctify means “to make holy” or “to set apart for God’s use.” Those who have a relationship with Jesus are made holy by Jesus, or set apart for his use, and it is in the past tense so it is already done. Why then do we still sin? Though we are holy, our mind needs to be renewed; we need to replace false thinking patterns with true thinking patterns. This is accomplished by knowing God’s will (the Bible) and doing it. The more we obey, the more our mind is transformed to be like Jesus’ mind. And the less we sin.
Perfected for all time means Jesus’ gift of forgiveness was permanent, we are always forgiven. Though permanent forgiveness opens the possibility of license, or unrestrained sin, God is able to know and do what is best:
4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Romans 2:4 (NASB95)
One of the things I love about Jesus is he saves me from myself.
If you ever get weary of trying to “stay saved” or are tired of being anxious worrying about whether you may “lose your salvation” ask Jesus what the above verses mean.
14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14–16 (NASB95)
Hide it under a bushel, No! I’m gonna let it shine . . .
Harry Dixon Loes
I don’t have a choice of shining my light or not. I’m on a hill, I can’t be hidden. I don’t have a choice to be under a basket, God put me on a lampstand. The only choice I have is the “way” I let my light shine, do people see my good works and know their Father in Heaven is Good and Loves Them?
This is very sobering.
I fail daily. And Jesus forgave all my sins past, present and future when He died for me (and yours as well). But how much forgiveness is in others’ reserves? And do I grant to others the mercy that I want, and desperately need, from them?
And Jesus’ light is more than forgiveness. He gave my dead spirit Life! so I can love like He does. The only question is . . .
Jesus loves the mentally ill.
Jesus loves the mentally healthy.
Jesus loves those in a one-man, one-woman married relationship.
Jesus loves those who are not.
Jesus loves the scrupulously honest.
Jesus loves those who tell black, white and various-shades-of-grey lies.
Jesus loves the doctor who ends the life of an unborn person.
Jesus loves that unborn person.
Jesus loves that unborn person’s mother.
Jesus loves the person who believes they were predestined to be saved.
Jesus loves the person who believes they were not.
Jesus loves Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, Protestants and all religious people.
Jesus loves the person that believes there is no God.
Jesus loves the person who rejects Him.
Jesus loves the person who commits the unforgivable sin.
Jesus loves ALL people just the way they are.
And ALL need Him.
Even me. Even you.
And ALL can choose to receive Him as Savior, Lord and Friend.
If they are willing to turn away from their evil attitudes and actions WITH JESUS’ HELP.
And trust Jesus to forgive their evil attitudes and actions.
And trust Jesus to give them His Resurrection Life.