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 chiseled 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 10:11-18 (MSG)
Ever feel guilty for sins you have confessed in the past that are supposed to be forgiven and forgotten by God? Do you feel bad, even though you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior and often tell others of His life-saving sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary? Perhaps Satan is busy putting messages in your head of a false doctrine of works or hinting that you are too far gone to have been saved?
Over and over, time and time again the message of God’s grace is plain and simple: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
Nothing feels better than paying a bill and getting a receipt that says “paid in full.” That piece of paper means you never have to worry about how you’re going to pay that debt. It means you cannot be held liable for any consequences for neglecting it. As Christians, we have several sheets of paper that indicate “paid in full” on them -and they are pages within God’s Word, The Bible. Several times the paid-in-full stamp of Jesus is made clearly visible. Thank God for His awesome grace.