The Power of Grace Ministries

Today's Daily Devotional come directly from thirty plus years of Dr. David Jones' personal study notes.

December 28

For by one offering, and that of Himself, Jesus has forever perfected those who are being set apart which is the true meaning of sanctification. Since that one offering perfected our sanctification, there is no other offering to be made for sin. Therefore any effort we exert to please God or to pay a penance as a result of our sins is not accepted. All God wants from us today is to fellowship with Him through our faith in the completion of what Jesus did on the cross.

Hebrews 10:14-18
, 14 “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them," 17 then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.”

 

                Do you realize that if you have accepted Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior that spiritually you have received His Spirit making you spiritually a son of God? (Galatians 4:6) As a born again believer you are now 100% 1/3 perfect – your spirit is perfect. Your body is defiled, can never be changed, and will die someday. Your Soul is made up of your emotions, morals, and learned lifestyles, but this is what we are supposed to begin changing through the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Peter 1:9). This perfection in spirit is because of what Jesus did on the cross.

 

                The “being sanctified” actually means being set apart. Sanctification is not holiness or righteousness as some people misunderstand. The Greek word translated into sanctified actually means to render, acknowledge, to purify through separation. As Christians we live on this earth, but are not of the world any longer. We are citizens of heaven waiting for our trip home someday. This separation and perfection of spirit is forever and those who have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit have the opportunity to fully understand this. Notice I said “have the opportunity”? Just being Spirit filled does not warrant compete understanding; you first have to learn to hear His voice and allow Him to do His job which is reveal all that is Christ’s to us.  And as Helper, lead us into the truth of God’s love for His children.

                The word is clear that God will put His laws into our hearts. We can know what is right and what we shouldn’t do. We can know when and when not to do something, but to hear this internal knowledge is to first train yourself to hear His voice. Remember that the Holy Spirit is not here to convict God children. John 16:8 & 12 makes this very clear that the Holy Spirit is here to convict the world of sin not point out our faults. He is here to help God’s children which are those who choose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

 

                Verse 18 should be a flashing red light in the eyes of someone holding on to man’s doctrines to justify their own righteousness or who believe they must go confess every sin they stumble into. I am not saying that we can throw care to the wind and just allow our fleshly desires to rule us. People who hear the message of grace and buy the lie that they can live as they wish regardless of sin, have never truly understood the power of the message of grace. My opinion is people who hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, but remain in sinful lifestyles, never wanted to change in the first place. They possibly go to church or listening to a teaching just to hear about their free gift of salvation and do not to truly develop a relationship with God.

 

There is “NO OTHER” offering available today for people’s sins. No amount of repentant actions or church attendance or works can remove or wash away our sins. This statement is actually true for everyone in the world and especially for those who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior. People are no longer convicted of their sins, the conviction that keeps them from going to heaven when they die is for not accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Himself tells us this in John 3:17-18 & John 12:47-48; these four verses confirm Jesus’s death on the cross was for all mankind’s sins, but only for those who choose to accept His death on the cross as payment for their sins. For anyone who is holding onto Calvinism that God chooses who will and who will not go to heaven, or Christian Universalism where God will bring everyone to heaven regardless of their religion because of what Jesus did on the cross; must have never read these four verses. Both religious schools of thought are wrong; plain and simple! If a person does not choose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior they will NOT go to heaven. Just to make this perfectly clear Paul also confirms this in Romans 10:9-10.