The letter to the Hebrews tells us “For by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Whoa! Perfect forever, do you mean there is nothing more to do or be done? Yes that is exactly what this means. The word “perfect” means to complete, accomplish, consummate, consecrate, finish, fulfill, make perfect.
Jesus came here to complete a mission that no one else could. He came here to perfect forever all those who would put their faith in him rather than themselves. You see, if we think we can perform up to a certain standard or obey laws in order to be perfect we are forever doomed. We are forever going to be running on a treadmill of self effort until we collapse never coming to perfection. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Although God did provide a sacrificial system in which we could have our sins covered it couldn’t provide perfection. “For the law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins?”
Once Jesus came, lived a perfectly sinless life, and from the cross proclaimed “it is finished”, he died and was buried. God raised him from the dead to proclaim, as it were, that he accepted Christ’ payment and upon receiving the Holy Spirit we too are declared perfect.
God had promised way back in Jeremiah that he was going to “write the Law on our hearts.” He said in Ezekiel he “would give us a new spirit and a new heart.” He promised us he would “move us to obey him.” We are pleasing to God only because he is keeping his commands from within us by way of his Spirit. He is the Law giver and the only Law keeper.
We are ministers of a New Covenant. We get to proclaim liberty, peace and joy to all who will receive Christ. Through God’s precious promises “we are partakers of his divine nature.”“Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
In the Old Covenant Moses placed a veil over his face, and there was a veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple. There was always something between God’s presence and the worshipper. Now in Christ the veil is taken away. We don’t put a veil over our faces, and the veil in the Temple was also torn down. There is nothing now standing between us and our God except unbelief and ignorance.
The Word says “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” He has perfected us forever in our spirit, but there is a sanctifying process that has still to take place in our soul and body. From God’s perspective it is already done, but here in Time it is still being worked out. When I say worked out I mean he is the one working. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
Written by Louie