This article is written to professing Christians. And you should get a lot of encouragement from what you read here. 😃
Hebrews is my favorite book in the bible, and chapter 10 is probably my favorite chapter in all of scripture; it solidifies so much of Christian doctrine. Say “goodbye” to the old covenant of law & guilt, and say “hello” to the new covenant in Christ. Look at these magnificent truths…
- Because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on our behalf, the believer is free of guilt-standing before God… “For the law having a shadow good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” Heb. 10.1,2
- The new covenant in Christ has replaced the old covenant of law, and we believers are now fully sanctified because we are in Christ… ” Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Heb. 10. 9,10
- Again, our Lord Jesus Christ has perfected & sanctified us… “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Heb. 10.14
Notice also in the book of Hebrews, that from chapters 1-10, the only sin that is mentioned, is the sin of unbelief. Here it is specifically: “Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” Heb. 3.12. I mention this, because people are sometimes scared of the warnings against sin in chapters 6 & 10. But these warnings aren’t about behavioral sins. The sin that is warned about in chapters 6 & 10 is the sin of unbelief in Christ.
So this whole narrative applies to modern man for the same reason that it did to the ancient Hebrews. The narrative being…Don’t trample the sufficient work of Christ by looking to one’s obedience to lawkeeping, or morality for confidence before God; rest in Christ’s finished work alone, and be perfect.
Should we strive to do good? Of course, but we don’t put any confidence in our efforts; there’s no confidence to be had there. We can polish up our external behavior for what we want the world to see, but our minds (which are part of the flesh) isn’t nearly so pristine…worry, foolish thoughts, pride, lust, etc.
So, it’s all about resting in God’s perfection. We aren’t even to put confidence in our faith; our confidence should be solely in Christ & His finished work + nothing else.
It’s all but impossible to look down on another believer’s sins, or lack of performance when we’re genuinely resting in only Him ourselves.
That takes the pressure off don’t it?