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.
Those who exalt themselves will be humbled;
and those who humble themselves will be exalted. – Jesus
When I do something “good” to impress people with how great I am it turns their stomach once they discover my true motive. My attempt to “exalt myself” ends up showing others who I really am and I am “humbled” by my own actions.
But when I care about others (at least as much as I care about myself), and put that care into action for them, then my “humble” actions show how great God is, who is working through me. Others see this and realize how wonderful God and His love are, and marvel that he is able to give this love through ordinary people.
Taking the speck out of my eye. – from a parable of Jesus*
In the past couple months I have tried to impress others by telling them the “good” I’ve done. At first when I realized I had done this, I condemned myself (which is even more pride). Then I realized I had a need. I felt small and not worth much and I was trying to gain a feeling of importance and shed my feeling of worthlessness by “sharing” (boasting) about what I had done.
I have many faults (lust, gluttony, laziness, pride, and more). While I have condemned myself for these character flaws I am now seeing them as rooted in God-given needs I have and that I can trust Jesus to meet those needs.
Confess your sins one to another that you may be healed. – from the Book of James
My experience with Celebrate Recovery has taught me that this is where satan loses his strangle-hold on me. Confessing not only to God, but also to flesh and blood, brings freedom from satan and healing for my soul.