By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14) For me this is a statement of hope and assurance. It reminds me that the perfection, the holiness, I seek in Christ is already mine even though it isn’t clearly evident in my words and actions 100% of the time. It is a guarantee that the righteousness required to be in his presence was, is, and always will be dependent on an act of God that has already occurred. Like rolling a snowball downhill, it will only pick up momentum and grow as it rolls and cannot be stopped or reversed.
By his sacrifice, you and I have been made perfect forever in his eyes even as we are being made holy on a day to day basis. We are being made holy… What a relief it is to know that it’s not up to me to make myself holy. You and I are being made holy by God himself. My job isn’t to make myself into something I’m not but to wait on the Lord as he creates me into who I am becoming—the person he created me to be.
Be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6) This becoming that I am in the midst of isn’t finished yet. Yes, I am a sinful human being with faults and imperfections today, but the Lord is diligently working in and through me to finish what he began on that cross—my redemption, my recreation as his beloved, a child of God, a princess of the kingdom of God. As outlandish as it may sound, right now this moment, though I am a sinner, I am holy in the eyes of my Lord solely because of his compassion and act of grace. What an awesome God is he!