Every priest goes to work at the altar each day, offers the same old sacrifices year in, year out, and never makes a dent in the sin problem. As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. The Holy Spirit confirms this: This new plan I’m making with Israel isn’t going to be written on paper, isn’t going to be chiselled in stone; This time “I’m writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts.” He concludes, I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.
Hebrews 11-18 The Message
Jesus is a different kind of priest, like Melchizedek. His priesthood is superior to all others. His priesthood is complete and eternal. His priesthood is better in every way.
In fulfilling and abrogating the Old Covenant and establishing the New Covenant, Jesus gives us a new basis for our relationship with God. As our Great High Priest, Jesus perfected us forever by one offering — of Himself at the cross so that we are made holy to live a holy life.
We are holy because God is holy.
If we struggle with holiness, it is not because we have a sin issue but because we have an identity issue. We have forgotten who Christ has called us to be—not just good Christians, but to be true sons and daughters of the True Father.
Holiness is not so much a goal to be attained, but a gift of grace to be received by faith. It is not so much about your capacity to live a holy life, but it is how much you are relying and resting on God’s capability to do so.
When we made holiness a goal, we probably end up benchmarking our performance by checking how often we pray and how often we read our Bibles and how much we give. This explains why some believers grow rather haphazardly and unpredictably. When we receive holiness as a gift and learn to let the Holy Spirit guide us, we will consistently produce fruits in keeping with our identity in Christ.
The yearning for holiness is the heart cry of every son and daughter of God.
The more we know our Father, the more we want to be like Him in character and conduct. Holiness is not so much what we do for God, but how much God has done and is doing in us. This is because the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Holiness (Romans 1:4), is working within us, writing God’s rules for living in our hearts so that holiness flows out from the inside to the outside. As such, when we walk in holy living, we know we are resonating with what God has already put in our hearts.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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