Welcome to the tenth week of our Hebrews Bible Study, everyone! This week we’re contemplating Hebrews 10, one of the fullest and most exciting chapters in all of Hebrews. I know I keep saying this, but Hebrews 10 is seriously another favorite chapter in this book.
Grab your favorite drink and a Bible, and come glean truth with us. You’re welcome to start right here, even if you haven’t read all (or any) of the previous ones. However, if you’d like to, feel free to read through the past nine weeks’, listed below.
Last week’s three main points:
*We have been totally, 100% cleansed – Jesus sacrificed His holy, perfect, Sacrificial-Lamb self for our redemption.
*Only in Jesus’ death could we be forgiven – His blood is the payment for our sins.
*Jesus died one time, and that one-time sacrifice was sufficient to atone for every one of our sins, ever.
And last week’s takeaway? Jesus’ blood paid for all of our sin. We need not keep confessing, because He’s already done all the forgiving – and now, with clean consciences, we can stand guiltless before God.
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Following the law and making sacrifices is not the way we attain perfection. (Hebrews 10:1-4)
I know this might seem obvious. That’s why Jesus came, you might think, and you’d be absolutely right. On our own, we cannot attain perfection, by either following thousands of rules or by setting animals ablaze.
But this is what we must remember in our daily life: our goodness need never be added onto Jesus’ sacrifice. Why? Because Jesus. Is. Enough.
This is something that Perfectionist Me is continually learning. It’s not so much that I think I need to earn my salvation, but more that I need to prove my value – the self-same value that was given to me when I believed on Jesus to save me.
We always need to keep this in mind – perfection in our own strength can never be our goal, because Jesus was that perfection. He is enough for us, and we need to grasp this truth for ourselves.
Our holiness is because of Christ’s sacrifice alone, ONCE FOR ALL. The Old Covenant is null and void. (Hebrews 10:10, 17)
Jesus doesn’t have to forgive us over and over, because He didn’t have to die over and over. We are forgiven. It’s a one-time deal. This is living a sanctified life – a life believing in Jesus, a life being satisfied by Him, a life that stops striving and comes to rest at His feet in the goodness of His grace.
Sometimes we forget the one-time-ness of Jesus’ death for us, and we somehow think that it wasn’t enough. That for some reason, we just need to keep confessing, to keep repenting, to keep striving and following rules and being good – but Jesus didn’t die for us to be good. He died to call us as holy as He is, and that’s because of what He’s done, not what we can do.
We can have full assurance of faith, and total hope – we are clean, and God is faithful to us. (Hebrews 10:19-23)
I love these verses so much.
They point out that the blood of Jesus is the new and living way. That we can approach God as we are. That we have cleansed consciences because of Jesus’ cleansing work for us. That our faith needn’t waver because God is worthy of our trust.
This is what our faith is, friends. It’s less about us, and more about Him. What He’s done. How that leads us to live when we look at Him.
Instead of focusing so much on ourselves – our accomplishments and our failures, our goodness and our sinfulness, how dirty or clean we feel depending on how much we’ve achieved for God – let us focus on Him.
Let us set our eyes on His sacrifice. On His mercy and grace for us. On how He sees us – as clean. On who He is – faithful, worthy of our hope because He will never let us down.
God is on our side, and that is something for us to boast in because again, it’s not about us.
“Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”
You cannot lose your salvation, but you can reject grace. And that leads to ultimate judgment. (Hebrews 10:26-31)
Many people use these verses to shame sinning Christians into being better, because they think these verses are saying that God’s grace will be revoked for all those who still mess up.
Instead, this passage is warning against unbelief, a deliberate refusal to accept the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers.
That’s never okay.
The only way to eternal life is through Jesus, and if we do not know this, if we do not accept it, we will be spending our entire lives – both before, and after we die – apart from our Creator.
When we are in Christ, we are not condemned. We are holy, we are blameless, we are loved, we are completely forgiven.
And yet, all of these wonderful promises cannot apply to us if we’re not willing to believe on our only Savior in the first place.
I don’t say this to judge, I say it to be clear – if we want to truly know Jesus, to be blameless in the sight of God, we must believe. As Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
That salvation is beautiful.
*Following the law and making sacrifices is not the way we attain perfection.
*Our holiness is because of Christ’s sacrifice alone, ONCE FOR ALL. The Old Covenant is null and void.
*We can have full assurance of faith, and total hope – we are clean, and God is faithful to us.
*You cannot lose your salvation, but you can reject grace. And that leads to ultimate judgment.
In short? Jesus is our holiness, our perfection, and our hope. He forgives us, He cleanses us, and He gives us grace – the sacrifice happened one time, and yet it covers all of our lives.
Questions of the Week:
- Have you, like me, ever struggled with perfectionism, and accepting that Jesus truly is enough?
- How does it feel to know that your faith is guaranteed?
- Are you ever tempted to put your eyes in yourself, whether your achievements are good or bad? How do you refocus?