Once For All


“Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:9-10

Our position in Christ is the end result of being sanctified by the blood of Jesus once for all on the cross at Calvary. This truth gave me the assurance that I did not fully understand as a new believer. And now I live with total assurance, confidence, and courage that regardless of anything I may come up against in this world – victory is eternally certain.

An encouraging note. There is no basis for losing our position in Christ by being un-sanctified, un-redeemed, or unjustified. Quite the opposite.

Let’s look at the countless blessings that by His grace become ours in the moment we believe and are born again spiritually. Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” and “unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:3,5 Jesus did not repeat Himself here by accident. Being born again is most important spiritually. At the instant that we believe, we are sanctified, and not as a result of anything that we have done; but rather because of what God has done for us on the cross. And our position in Christ is now and forever eternally secure.

“but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
1 Corinthians 6:11 Sanctification (hagiasmos) means “holiness.” To sanctify, therefore, means “to make holy.” Scripture speaks about holy things. Moreover, God calls human beings to be holy as holy as He is holy “but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:15-16, and “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

A problem for many is that they do not see themselves as God sees them here and now in Christ – washed, sanctified, and justified. And as a result, they miss out on His blessings. “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God” 1 Peter 1:23 Once we are born again spiritually our forgiveness and salvation is eternal. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 2 Peter 2:9-10

Another word for a holy person is “saint” (hagios) meaning a sanctified one. I know this sounds foreign to us but the apostle Paul understood this truth and clearly called Christians saints: “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” Colossians 1:2 Becoming transformed by the renewing of our minds is our coming to understand the divine order of things that became reality at that moment we believed – Jesus is God and we are citizens of His heavenly kingdom. Therefore, Christians are saints. To deny that believers are saints is to fall back to one’s old way of thinking. When we see ourselves as God sees us, the Holy Spirit will guide us in His righteousness. When standing with Him, we will no longer fall victim to our lust and pride of old.

And His eternal promises are absolute and unlimited. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” Ephesians 1:3-4

And we are called to focus and stand in our spiritual position. “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3

The Christian life is becoming in our worldly experience – that which we already are in our heavenly position in Christ. When Jesus said; “it is finished” He was literally speaking about you and I, and all born again believers. Our mission is not to do; but rather to stand upon that which has already been done by Jesus on the cross. And then He will bring about His will through us by the leading of the Holy Spirit and His Word.

And so what are these spiritual blessings that are yours and mine here and now? The list is endless. Simply name it, and assuming our requests are not worldly, God has already provided. As His chosen and beloved, “God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Grace and Peace to you my friends,

Bob West©2020

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