Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
We left off with verse 9 yesterday. We need to begin with that verse to keep the context in mind. Jesus Christ came to do the will of His Father. That was already established in eternity past. It was not something that needed to be developed over time.
In verse 10 we see the blessing of being sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Jesus Christ willingly laid down His life so that those who would believe in Him would be saved and in being saved they would also be sanctified, which means they would be “made holy”, “to purify”.
True Christians are different. Peter was directed to state:
I Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
It is impossible to shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light, if you are still walking in darkness. God changes the nature of the born again Christian and then continues to teach that person how to conduct him or herself in the manner that God has designed him or her to be after salvation. The Holy Spirit, Who indwells every born again Christian is there to encourage and motivate the true child of God to grow through both personal and corporate Bible study and prayer. As the true Christians grows, God will reveal sinful habits that need to be confessed as sin and forsaken.
The Bible shows us that the devil is a liar and a murderer from the beginning. It should not surprise us today to see politicians, doctors, nurses, police officers who are also liars and murderers. Rather than treat patients early and help them get better, they refuse to use known remedies for this virus and instead insist on injecting gullible people with a harmful shot that is causing death and long lasting side effects for many. It is shameful to see this happening.
The devil has been distorting God’s Word since he was first introduced in the Bible. It should nor surprise us to see that true Christianity has been under attack since Its Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth. In John 15 Jesus reminds us that:
John 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
It is sad to realize that man could hate something that is so precious and so needed. Yet every human being has at some point hated God’s truth. Many still do hate it today. The apostle John was directed by God to remind us of this truth:
I John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
True Christians do not build their lives on the words of men. As we have already noted, true Christians have the Holy Spirit within and He guides the true child of God to the truth and in the truth. We know that God’s Word is truth. Thus the true child of God must examine all things that men say by the sure Word of God.
If Christianity were a man-made religion, as many seem to believe it is, we would have no hope. The fact is that true Christianity is owned by God through the one time sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and God protects true Christianity in every generation. Those who are saved are sanctified as we read in our text and in spite of all the lies that the enemies of God promote, we can know the truth.
It is important to note that hatred does not need to be expressed with violence. The fact that a person would reject the truth shows that they hate the truth. Those who love the truth are drawn to the truth.
The book of Hebrews deals with the significance of the Lord Jesus Christ. The verses we are dealing with today deal with the fact that His offering of Himself on the cross of Calvary, ended all need for sacrifices. He went to the cross once. He shed His blood once. His one time sacrifice is sufficient to take away the sins of all those who come to God in repentance and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
In verse 12 we see that He sat down on the right hand of His Father after His once for all sacrifice. There is nothing more that is needed. As we have mentioned many times already, there is no work that any person can do to save themselves or to enhance their salvation in any way. Getting baptized does not save. Partaking in the Lord’s Supper does not save. In fact partaking unworthily in the Lord’s Supper brings His judgment upon the disobedient person.
Jesus Christ is in Heaven now interceding for the saints and hearing the cry of the lost as they turn to God for salvation. In verse 13 the writer is quoting from Psalm 110:1. The day is soon coming when all of the enemies of God will be crushed. Wickedness will be done away with. Wicked people only have a short time to try to implement their evil plans. None of them ever succeed in bringing all their plans into place. God always makes a way for His truth to be proclaimed and He always hinders the evil plans of the wicked.
Verse 13 tells us that His enemies will be made His footstool. There will be no further resistance. The enemies of God will all be dealt with in such a way that they will never rise up again. They will never be able to influence anyone else to do evil. That begins with the devil who will be cast into the lake of fire and all those who chose to remain as lost sinners will join him there. There is no escape from that place.
God is showing us the importance of believing His Word and accepting the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ as the payment for sin. Those who turn to God in repentance and put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will never be disappointed. They will be changed. They will be different. They will also be growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t be fooled by the multitudes of pretenders. Look to God’s Word as your authority and trust in Him. If someone wants to tell you otherwise, you can reject that based on the Word of God. It is important to study the Word of God faithfully once you are saved. Get into a good church and be faithful in attending that church. That is God’s design. It is not a matter of “having to go” to church every Sunday and for every mid-week service. It is a matter of looking forward to the ability to go to all the services to grow in the Lord. Those that are truly saved will testify to that fact. Those who are pretenders will not agree with that.