The Daily Word: Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. – Heb. 10:1-2
You must be perfect to enter God’s presence. You must be perfect to get into Heaven! But Scripture says that the law – trying to do the right thing to please God and earn your way into Heaven – “can never…make those who approach perfect” (v 1). If you are simply trying to be a good person you are wasting your time! Your own effort can never make you perfect. Only trusting in Jesus – the Man who lived a perfect, sinless life, and then died in your place – can clothe you in His perfection.
Take a close look at the evidence – the fruit – of perfection in verse two:
For then would [the offerings] not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
When you have been saved, you will no longer have to offer sacrifices for your sin. You will no longer have to try and pay God back to correct your bad behavior. You will understand that Jesus has already paid the price, and you will look to Him with thankfulness and praise!
But it gets even better than that. Once you have been sanctified, you will have “no more consciousness of sins.” You won’t even care to sin. You will no longer have to weigh your choices in terms of what is right and wrong, having to choose one and shun the other, because all you will want to do is please God. You will want to do what honors Him without even hesitating!
Isn’t salvation wonderful? By simply putting your faith in Jesus, you will be made perfect. Yes, you will still have your struggles! But as you continue to look to Jesus, sin will simply lose its’ luster.
“And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” – from the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961)
Father, thank You for perfecting me by the blood of Your Son Jesus! I am unworthy; but He is worthy! And I trust in His works and never my own, in Jesus’ name.
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