The pastor at my church has off and on for the last few years brought this verse up and its a huge encouragement to me in my life.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 ESV
By the offering that Jesus Christ gave of himself unto God on the cross he has perfected us forever. It is a one time act. His life for my life, God’s wrath was poured out on the body of Jesus instead of my body. He took my punishment so that I would have eternal life. Its nothing that I could do in my life to earn that perfection. That perfection is given as a gift. Bro. Branham said, “Every man and woman that’s born of the Spirit of God, and washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ, and believes every Word of God, stands as though you never sinned at the first place. You’re perfect.”
According to this verse who are the ones that are perfected for all time? It’s the people that “are being sanctified.” Notice, it does not say those who were sanctified. As in they were already sanctified in the past tense. No, it tells us they are BEING sanctified. They are going through the process of sanctification. It is not a one time event, its a continuous process that we go through all of life.
What encouragement! If we are in the process of God cleansing our lives and making us more set apart for his purposes we are PERFECT for all time through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ. If sanctification is taking place in your life, if God is working with you to change you and change your desires over time you are showing forth that you are perfect and sinless in the eyes of God through the blood.
That encourages me because I have so many things in my life that I need to have the Holy Spirit work out of me through that process of being sanctified. My desire is for more of His love in my life for everyone; for the people at my church, my neighbors and my enemies. I need more of Him every minute, every day, every hour. I fall short in so many ways, but my life purpose is ALWAYS to be open to whatever the Spirit wants to speak to me, correct me in and direct me to. I miss what He is saying sometimes, but I always want to move closer to being able to hear and respond immediately.
If you are born of the Spirit and believe every word of God then you are going through the process of sanctification. We make mistakes, we stumble, we fall, but the Lord is working, he’s teaching us and working with us to be more and more in the image of his Son. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” Romans 8:29