Perfection
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Hebrews 10:11–14 ‘For by one sacrifice he has made perfect for ever those who are being made holy.’ (v14)

The New Testament really does have some astonishing verses, and this one is right up there with the best. The writer to the Hebrews is contrasting the sacrifice of Jesus with the sacrifices prescribed within the old covenant.

He is pointing out how Christ’s sacrifice is superior, writing to those tempted to return to Judaism (the Old Testament faith). Those who put their trust and confidence in Jesus are made perfect for ever.

If that is where you are putting your trust, that includes you. But if you are quite rightly aware that you’re not going to be perfect any time soon, the end of the verse reminds us of God’s ongoing work within us.

There are some amazing implications here. As someone being made perfect, you are on a different track to those for whom death is the future.

Your sins: past, present and future are forgiven. Being made holy will mean transformation within, so that you are less inclined to be dragged away by your old nature and can focus instead on the new life you enjoy in Jesus.

You will discover new things that need to change, so you will do so, but your forgiveness is secure. God puts your sins as far as the east is from the west, and He remembers them no more. Yes, this is an amazing verse!


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A Prayer To Make:
‘I am bowled over by the depth of Your love and mercy to me through Jesus. Thank You. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Stop beating yourself up. The sacrifice has been made. Live in the good of Jesus’ full and final sacrifice.

Scripture To Consider:
Jer. 31:31–34; Ezek. 36:24–38; Rom. 5:1–8; Rev. 7:9–17

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.