February 19, Monday

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By one offering he has perfected for ever those who are sanctified.

Hebrews 10, 14.

There are people who have confessed their sins to Christ and believe in Him, who, however, look to themselves too much instead of resting on His finished work. That makes them feel insecure, and they fail to obtain and enjoy fully the assurance of salvation.

In Hebrews 10 we find the expressions “no more” and “no longer” repeatedly, e.g. “no more consciousness of sins” (v.2), “their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (v.17), “there is no longer an offering for sin” (v.18: cf. v.26). The sacrifice that the Lord Jesus made at Calvary was the perfect sacrifice that fully satisfied God. A fresh offering is neither necessary, nor would it be possible. God has accepted Christ’s atoning sacrifice and confirmed its perfect, eternal validity.

On the ground of that sacrifice God justifies all who come to Him in repentance and faith. He tells them that He will remember the sins of those who believe in Christ, His Son, no more. Finally, God’s Word testifies that for the believer there is “no more consciousness of sins”.

Just imagine that there was a long list of all my sins in heaven, as God knows them; that would be God’s memory. The comparatively few sins that I can recall constitute my “consciousness of sins”. God forgives all the sins that are in His memory. The few sins that we can remember and that have troubled our conscience are thus forgiven. 

Being “sanctified for ever” – what an immeasurable blessing that is!