Summary: Christ paid the debt once for all
The Perfect Sacrifice
March 20, 2011
Here’s a question: do Christians suffer punishment for sins? Obviously we’re chastised as sons, but if we’re not as pure and holy and blameless as Christ Himself, the we aren’t without blemish. We can’t be presented without spot or wrinkle.
If we’re not perfect in God’s eyes, then our sins haven’t been cast as far as the east is from the west, and Jesus was incorrect when He declared “it is finished.”
The purpose of this message is to glorify Christ for His perfect work and to cause you to walk in obedience to Him as you endure to the end by His rich mercies and limitless grace!
To start let’s turn to Hebrews chapter 10 and compare our Lord’s sacrifice with the sacrifices of the Old Testament:
The Law and It’s Sacrifices Could Not Remove Sin (:1-4)
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things,
The law was a shadow of the things to come. Everything represented something else. If you go back and read chapter 9 you’ll see how the tabernacle, the candlestick, the table, the showbread, the golden censer, the ark, the mercy seat, and everything else all symbolized the way to forgiveness. They themselves weren’t the means to forgiveness; they were only a shadow of the real thing. These,
can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
The priests offered goats and calves and other animals to cover sin, but they didn’t actually take away sin:
2For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
If the blood of a goat could have removed sin, then the people wouldn’t have kept offering sacrifices. There would have been one sacrifice for sins and that would have been it:
3But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
In actuality, the annual sacrifices only reminded everyone of their guilt; nothing was removed by the blood of an animal:
4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
No one in the Old Testament was ever forgiven because he sacrificed an animal. Anyone who believed God sacrificed out of obedience, but none of them were cleansed for having done so. That’s because:
What the Law Could Not Do, Jesus Did (:5-18)
5Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.
God wasn’t satisfied with the blood of animals, so a body was prepared for Christ. He came to do the will of His Father and offer Himself as the spotless ransom for the many!
He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
That old system of sacrifice has been taken away and the second testament has been established.
10By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Now look at those words “once for all.” The bulls and goats were offered every year because they couldn’t take the sin away (they were reminders), but the blood of Christ removes sin once for all!
11And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
He entered into rest since His work is done.
13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Now let me ask again: do Christians suffer punishment for sin? We are chastised which trains us in righteousness, but “by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified. Listen, God doesn’t change, and He knows the meaning of the word forever.
“Once saved always saved” isn’t some fanciful Baptist doctrine that lets us do whatever we want—it’s salvation based upon nothing more or less than the perfect blood of Christ! What He did is done and there’s nothing to add or take away from it!
15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.