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June 13 – God’s Gracious Work Of Love

“For by a single offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,’ then He adds, ‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’ Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” Heb. 10:14-18

Devotional Thought For The Day

Regarding the forgiveness of sin which Christ has provided for us by “a single offering,” His suffering and death on the cross, God’s Word asserts that we have been “perfected forever.” This is certainly a “forensic” action on the part of God, for those “perfected forever” are also described as in the process of “being sanctified.” So there are two realities in regard to the blessedness of having faith in Jesus Christ, the first that in God’s sight our sins have been forgiven [He no longer even remembers them] so that we have already been “perfected” in His sight; the second, that He puts His laws on our hearts and in our minds, so that we are “being sanctified,” that is, made more and more holy as we go through life in this world.

Our relationship with God, our salvation, eternal life, and glorious inheritance in heaven comes solely by the gracious gift of God in Christ Jesus.  It is provided for every human being on the face of the earth; it is received by faith and benefits only those who embrace this gift of God, His gracious mercy and forgiveness and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. [This faith is also the gracious gift of God – see Eph. 2:8; 1 Cor. 12:3; and John 3:5]  Those thus blessed with faith and all these precious and eternal gifts of God are further blessed to enter into a wondrous process – that of “being sanctified,” made holy in fact and being, by the Word of God, His Law, being placed in and taught by the Holy Spirit in our hearts and minds.  This too is God’s good and gracious work in us – in all who believe in Christ Jesus, with a true faith. Thus we are enabled and empowered to accomplish and continue in all those good works which God has “foreordained that we should be walking in them.” [Eph. 2:10]

All of this is far too wondrous for our sinful minds to grasp – so we must continue to focus on God’s Word, which alone frees us from our misconceptions and slavery to sin and self-righteousness. The free gifts of salvation, and declared righteousness in God’s sight, a true faith, and His gracious work of sanctification in us – this is His good and gracious will for us, and His work within us.  Externally, this “sanctification” conforms to His “laws,” His eternal moral will for mankind – the very definition of love as described in the Ten Commandments, which He puts on our hearts and writes on our minds – and certainly not all of the self-chosen and humanly invented acts of piety common in many churches and especially in the cults. These only enslave humanity once again, and have nothing to do with our real “sanctification,” that being performed and accomplished by God Himself through the glorious knowledge of His love and His law.

To keep these two realities firmly in mind is one of the most difficult things in life – because of our sinful nature which seeks to pervert God’s Word and will. Without the clear teaching of His Word, His written Word in Holy Scripture, the Bible, we would easily be led astray – as many people are. The subtlety with which the devil presents his perversions are incredibly sneaky and complex – so we must cling to God’s Word alone in these matters, lest we fall back into unbelief and lose these blessings. God grant each of us full joy in His free gift of salvation and eternal life in glory, already accomplished for us once and forever, in the single offering of Jesus Christ – so that we also continue in His gracious and glorious work of “sanctifying” us through His love, and in accord with His Word.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, thanks and praise be to You for all You have provided for us in the “one offering” You made for us on the cross. Thanks and praise be to You also for the sanctification You are working in us through Your love. Grant us great joy in both of these great blessings – the certainty of our salvation, and the blessed renewal in love that we truly desire. Amen.