Monday, Oct. 31
The third part of Tom’s statement is that “Christ is the perfecter of our faith.” When we come to Christ for Salvation, we are declared righteous and we are forever afterward considered holy and blameless before God. We enter into the family of God and are called sons and joint heirs with Christ. Eternity in heaven is certain, and there is no fear of judgment. Paul makes this eminently clear in Romans 8:38-39. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So holiness is declared, and a restored relationship with God is an eternal reality. All sin—past, present, and future—is forgiven. We are free from judgment, yet the sin nature remains a daily problem while we are in this life. Every sin I commit today is already forgiven, but God wants me to become holy to demonstrate His power and to make me a good witness of His redeeming power, an ongoing process called sanctification. Paul deals with this in Romans 7-8, which I’ll not get into here. He also touches on it in Phil. 2:12-13. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” That’s Christ carrying out His role as our great high priest, which is the main theme of the book of Hebrews. Throughout this book, Jesus is pictured as the One who is making daily intercession for us at the right hand of God. He is our High Priest, superior to all the O.T. priests, including Melchezedek. As the Great High Priest, He is the One who empowers and completes the work of sanctification. He is the Perfecter of the Faith. We shall become fully and forever holy because of Him.