“For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14 NASB
What are we to make of such a statement? I would bet if you asked the average person “Are you perfect?” they would be quick to say “No! nobody’s perfect.” This presents a problem then doesn’t it? Here we are reading a verse right out of the Bible that is telling us those of us that have placed faith in (received) what Christ has done on the cross have been “perfected for all time.”
This has to be settled one way or the other doesn’t it? I mean we can’t say “Nobody’s perfect” when the Bible clearly tells us we are; so how do we reconcile this? We start with defining the word “Perfect.” As an Adjective it means–Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. The verb is–Make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible. Those are some of the definitions, but when we look at the word perfect or perfected as found in Hebrews 10:14 it means to complete, i.e. accomplish, or consummate, consecrate, finish, fulfill, make perfect.
Now let’s think about this for a minute. As I read these definitions some of the words reminded me of a few things Jesus said. For instance he said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Did you catch that? He came to fulfill the Law and Prophets. The other thing Jesus said from the cross was “It is finished.” Finished is quite a word isn’t it? It means there is nothing left to do; the mission is accomplished. Therefore the big question is if Jesus has fulfilled the Law and Prophets and finished his mission on the cross what more needs to be done in order to perfect us? The answer is “Nothing!” Our only real problem is the one we’ve had all along and that is unbelief.
Someone might say, “If we’re perfect in Christ why do we still make mistakes or sin? My only answer to that would be the need for us to see the difference between our flesh and spirit. When I say flesh I’m talking about our soul/body as opposed to our inner man, or our human spirit, that is joined to the Holy Spirit.
You see when we are born again the Holy Spirit joins himself to our human spirit in an everlasting union of spirits which perfects us. The rest of our lives consist of us catching up to this truth and learning to walk in it. In other words, there may be some who have received Christ, the Holy Spirit has joined himself to your spirit and perfected you, but you are still living in your soul realm of thoughts and feelings. This provides plenty of opportunity for the enemy to keep you striving to perfect yourself, with God’s help of course, when all along our thoughts and feelings will never stop fluctuating from good to bad. That is what they were designed to do while we are in this body.
Walking after the Spirit is the way God designed us to live. In this present age we are never going to have perfect thoughts and feelings all of the time. In fact one of the greatest weapons of the enemy is to get us thinking and feeling as if we are lacking something from God. That’s what he did in the Garden, and he hasn’t changed his tactics since. He said, “Did God really say?” and implied that the forbidden tree held something we needed in order to be “Like God.” What foolishness! There is only one God and we are not him, nor are we meant to be. The truth is God created man to be a Temple his Spirit would dwell in. Once the Spirit of God takes up residence in us, his Temple, we are perfect because we are now serving the purpose for which he created us in the first place. We are now the dwelling place of the perfect God and that’s good enough for me.
Written by Louie