Tuesday Morning: 18 Jun 2019 – Hebrews 10:1-18 ~ Jesus is making us holy.

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening (A Collect for Peace – Tuesday)

O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Hebrews 10:1-18 (NLT)

Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.

But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God,

“You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer. You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God—as is written about me in the Scriptures.’”

First, Christ said, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them” (though they are required by the law of Moses). Then he said, “Look, I have come to do your will.” He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.

Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,

“This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts,

Then he says,

“I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus is making us holy.

For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ,
once for all time. – Hebrews 10:10

In today’s reading: the holiness of believers is viewed from two perspectives – our position in relation to God as Judge (justification), and our position in relation to our fellowship with God (sanctification). Both our justification and our sanctification are accomplished through the once and for all sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus Christ – however, while our justification is a done deal through faith by grace, our sanctification is ongoing through faith by grace.

In other words, as believers in Jesus Christ, we have been declared holy; now we need to grow into the holy people that God declares us to be.

Questions for consideration:

  • Justification – Do you believe that your sins have been forgiven once and for all time? What is the basis for your belief? Please explain.
  • Sanctification – Do you believe that you are now sinless before God? How does that square with your lifestyle? Please explain.
  • An old testament understanding of holiness includes being separated from what is unclean and consecrated to what is pure. Where in your life do you need separation from sin and consecration to purity? Please explain.
  • A new testament understanding of holiness leads to the concept of sainthood. What does the word “sainthood” bring to your mind? Where do you need the power of God’s Spirit to help you become the “saint” that God already declares you are? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Life-Support Prayer:

 Heavenly Father: Reveal the areas in my life where I need to grow up spiritually. I pray that every person now working to protect life would die to self, grow up in Christ, and be fully functional as the member of the body of Christ you have created us to be. And, call and equip many more with your Spirit to the work of elder care, advocacy for the unborn, and inclusion of persons with disabilities that they may lavish love and encouragement on those who are sick and distressed. I ask this in Jesus’ name, and for your glory. Amen.

Prayer for Personal Holiness:

Thank You Heavenly Father, for calling me out of darkness into Your marvelous light, setting me free from slavery to sin, and releasing me from bondage to fear. Thank You for breathing the new resurrection life of Christ into my very being. and for taking up permanent residence within my heart.

Lord I want to be led by Your Holy Spirit, and to walk in spirit and truth; I want to live a godly life and to develop personal holiness, but I don’t really know how. So I come to You incapable of being able to live a holy life myself, and humbly ask that You would teach me to be holy, and show me how You would have me live.

Open my eyes to see what You would have to do, unblock my ears so that I may hear Your still small voice, and give me a teachable spirit to learn all that You would teach me. I ask this in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whom I can do all things. Amen.

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“Holiness unto the Lord” – Eden’s Bridge

Holiness unto the Lord unto the King
Holiness unto Your name I will sing

Holiness unto Jesus | Holiness unto You Lord
Holiness unto Jesus | Holiness unto You Lord

I love You, I love Your ways, I love Your name
I love You, and all my days, I’ll proclaim

Holiness unto the Lord unto the King
Holiness unto Your name I will sing
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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