How is it that Christians are “made perfect” yet “being perfected”? Hebrews 10:1-18

From my reading in Hebrews 10:1-18 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

In one sense salvation is very simple. In others it is complex.

When Jesus died for our sins he made us perfect in God’s eyes. Also if we are following Jesus then we are continually being conformed to the image of Jesus. No verse sums this process up better than than following one…

“For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.” Heb 10:14

Christ made us perfect in God’s eyes through his sacrificial death on the cross.  The phrase “made perfect” means that we are made perfect in the moral sense.

We get credit for Christ’s perfect moral record.

Justification is a fancy word for how Christ has made us perfect in his sight. Justicifaction is “the act of clearing someone of transgression.”

Tweet: Justification means it is “just as if I’d” never sinned! http://ctt.ec/ZQheP+ via @davidworcester

The other part of our salvation is the process of being made holy. The fancy word for this is sanctification.

Sanctification is the process in which we grow in holiness as we walk with Jesus.

A solid knowledge of justification and sanctification are key to living the Christian life. Knowing that you are completely forgiven by Jesus gives you freedom to grow. Our effort in growth is not to earn our forgiveness but to become more like Jesus.

How does understanding both of these aspects of salvation help your walk with Jesus?

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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