Quick Reminder: Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:
- God is MAJESTIC
- God is MESSIAH
- God wants to be MASTER
- God wants us to live on MISSION
I have spent the last several weeks blogging about how “God is MAJESTIC” and how “God is MESSIAH”. In my most recent blog, we looked at what Ephesians 1 teaches us about MESSIAH God. In this post, we will continue blogging about MESSIAH God, and we will use Hebrews 10 to do so.
Hebrews 10:1-18 reads:
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason, it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’” First, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again, and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First, he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
There is a bunch to unpack here, but we will only unpack a little bit. First, the writer is explaining the Old Testament sacrificial system. Because of Jesus, priests don’t have to perform religious duties anymore because Jesus (MESSIAH) is our Great High Priest. What did this Great High Priest do for us?
According to Hebrews 10:10, if I have surrendered my life to Jesus, then I have been declared holy by God. It is not that I will be declared holy one day, but I am declared holy by God today. Think of synonyms for the word, holy. Words that come to mind for me are set apart, righteous, blameless, faultless, and perfect. Wow! In Jesus, this is who I am, and this is what you are as well if you know Him.
How can this be possible? It can be possible because MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God has imparted His Holiness to me the moment that I said “yes” to Him.
Let me further illustrate this by looking at Hebrews 10:18. I believe the author is quoting Old Testament prophets here, namely Isaiah and Jeremiah. Go look at Isaiah 43:25 or Jeremiah 31:34. What part of the verse is being quoted? I believe the part of that verse that is emphasizing that God chooses not to remember our sin is the part being quoted. How can an all-knowing God not remember our sin? We looked at this a couple of blogs ago. If you want to read it, just click on this link: Messiah Part 1
In that blog, we looked at how God chooses to not remember our sin. He just doesn’t recall them to His memory bank. Amazing! He forgives us and imparts His Holiness to us. If He didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to have a relationship with this MAJESTIC God.
If we have surrendered our lives to Jesus, He has completely forgiven us, and He has imparted His Holiness to us. Finally, let’s back up and look at Hebrews 10:14. How can I be holy and perfect if I don’t always live holy and perfect? The moment I trust Jesus, God declares me to be perfect forever. His acceptance of me is not dependent on my performance. His acceptance of me is dependent upon Christ’s sacrifice.
However, that does not mean that God does not care how I behave. He cares a great deal! He loves me no matter where He finds me. He forgives me no matter where He finds me, but He loves me too much to leave me there! No verse illustrates that better than Hebrews 10:14. In Jesus, I am instantly declared to be perfect and holy, and God empowers me to live out who I am in my daily life. Another way of saying it is this: God sees me as holy and perfect positionally, and He wants to be holy and perfect in practice. Will I do this with sinless perfection in this life? NO!!!!! But God wants me to rest in “Who I Am” in Him so He can empower me to live out “Who I Am” in daily life.
So, He really is MESSIAH! He rescues me from my sin and from myself.
So, He really is MAJESTIC. When I let Him empower me to live out who I am, people don’t see me. They see God. He gets Glory, and His MAJESTY is revealed to those around me.
Questions to ponder:
If I experienced Hebrews 10:1-18 in my life, how would that change my perception of God or myself?
If I really believe Hebrews 10:1-18 to be true, how would I live my life differently today?
Let us live lives that worship the MAJESTIC, MESSIAH God!!!!!!!!!