Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10 continues to provide us understanding about the saving grace of Jesus.  “Behold, I have come to do your will. He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”.  Sin has always been in the world since Adam and Eve first committed it in the Garden, but until Christ it could only be dealt with through regular sacrifice.  Jesus changed all that with the New Covenant where His blood took care of sin once and for all.  His death gave victory over death for all eternity and sets us free from the penalty of sin.

It was different in that the sacrifice Christ made was once and for all.  “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet”.  Jesus was different from every sacrifice prior.  It was one and done.  “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified”.  Complete atonement and eternal in nature.  “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds….I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more”.  Here is the difference from the Old Covenant where sins were forgiven for a time, but not for eternity like Christ offers us through grace.

God writes His laws on our hearts and minds.  When we come to know Jesus, it will change us.  We are no longer bound by the law, but our heart is changed and we want to live a life pleasing to God.  “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water”.  The first thing that happens when we have a relationship with Jesus is that we want to draw near to God.

But the writer goes on to tell us a couple other things that happen.  “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful”.  Second, we have hope, unwavering hope, in God’s promises.  And finally, we are told that we are part of the body of Christ and being with God’s people (the church) is important.  “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”.  Being a Christ Follower is not a solo event.  We are part of His body here on earth and need to surround ourselves with like minded followers.

Should Jesus change us when we become a Christ Follower?  Absolutely without a doubt.  “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries….The Lord will judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God”.  Becoming a believer does not give us a ticket to sin and live however we want.  If we are truly saved, we will choose to live in a way that aligns with God’s will.  It doesn’t mean we’ll never fall short because all of us will, but it does mean we won’t make continual choices to disobey God and His standards.  Being a Christ Follower means we live a changed life based on loving and serving God and His Son.  It means we choose differently than the world.  God hates sin.  We cannot just blatently live in it without consequence.

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