Perfection Has Been Completed, But Holiness is Being Achieved
We are all blighted by the same plight. Our plight is one of imperfection. We desire to do the right thing but we often find ourselves failing continuously.
We were perfectly imperfected when Adam and Eve decided to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Imperfection, in that moment, entered our world and we have been trying our best to correct our mistake ever since.
This created for us a huge problem. The imperfect could no longer survive, as with imperfection came the curse of death. In and of ourselves, we were, and are, totally incapable of righting this wrong. We needed for God to do something.
Being the benevolent dictator that God is seen to be, He responded with the perfect solution. A sacrifice to end all sacrifices – Jesus Christ. And through one act of sacrifice, Christ made possible for mankind to achieve the impossible. To be perfected.
“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
I love the way this sentence is constructed because it is in past and future tense. Has made perfect – completed work. Being made holy – present and future tense. And holy means dedicated or consecrated to God. So this implies to me that the work of being made perfect was completed at the point of Christ’s sacrifice, but that there is continuous work of holiness that is our ongoing work.
I think it is kind of like getting a gift. You give me a box with a sweater in it. I open the box and go, “Gee that’s a nice sweater.” At what point does the sweater really become mine? It is when I take the sweater out of the box and I wear it. And someone says to me, “That’s a nice sweater.” And I say to them,”Yes, I got it for Christmas.”