Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Perfectly in Process

If you were to Google the phrase "favourite Bible verse", there are tons of examples that show up, particularly -- and with a wide variety of artistic creativity -- if you use Google Images.

I found myself thinking, "Oh yeah, that's the one I'd pick, for sure. Oh wait, maybe that one. No, definitely that one! Or maybe..."

Verses which immediately sprang to mind included Galatians 2:20 "for me to live is Christ", and John 15:5 "apart from Me, you can do nothing", among others.

But then I remembered one pithy little sentence, fraught with wondrous depth and profundity:
For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14)
I love this verse!

It's speaking of Jesus, as the great High Priest who is superior to any earthly priest or go-between. I've always been blown away by the incredible truth jam-packed into a single sentence. Just look at the verb tenses to see why I find this verse so powerful.

Jesus has already made perfect forever -- past tense, already accomplished, a done deal -- those who are being made holy -- present, ongoing tense, still in process, not complete just yet.

Wow: justification and sanctification summed up in a single verse. We are fully justified by Jesus' crucifixion, and that is the basis on which God treats each of us -- loving, embracing, accepting us. And yet our sanctification is an ongoing co-operation, initiated by the Holy Spirit of Jesus, between us and God -- growing in maturity and holiness over the rest of our lives.

One is a done deal, accomplished by Jesus alone, the other is an ongoing co-operative journey of surrender, obedience, and paying close attention to His Voice.

One little verse. So enlightening. So comforting. So challenging.

What's not to like?

1 comment:

  1. Hebrews 10:14 What a great verse, it's a verse that's been rolling around my head recently as I've been thinking about how the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross was a finished work....once and for all time (and for all who believe).
    Nice to see you back Rob.