Children: Sins Forgiven
Jesus is the one that kept the covenant with the Father. He is the representative of the human race. The first Adam and the last Adam is the way Paul refers to Him.
The first Adam blew it. The first Adam broke covenant. The last Adam fulfilled for all time the covenant of God. And so we walk in that and we penetrate into that and the security that we have comes from knowing that every requirement the Father ever had for us is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. There’s nothing He ever required of us or ever will require of us that Jesus Christ didn’t fulfill. He was exactly as faithful to the Father as the Father was to Him.
And so, as we enter into this and become children in His eyes, we’ve come through that altar, through the forgiveness of sins. Those sins have been forgiven. And that’s what it says in 1 John that we’re children. “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name.” Because He’s fulfilled the Father’s requirements of us. Remember the penalty for breaking covenant? Guess what? He paid that too! We broke covenant. We have never kept covenant. We broke covenant, and He paid the penalty for breaking covenant.
Turn to Hebrews chapter 10. In verse 11, “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties [speaking of the old covenant]; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest [that is, Jesus] had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time, He waits for His enemies to be made His footstool, because by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
If you were to look at that carefully, you would find that “made perfect” was in the perfect tense, which means it is completed action in the past. We are “made perfect.” Everyone that has entered into covenant with God through Jesus has been made perfect.
The second one -- “are being made holy” -- is in the present passive participle, which means that it is something that is an ongoing, continuous action, but it’s passive. We’re being made holy. It’s passive, but it’s something that’s an ongoing thing. We’re made perfect. When someone asks you, “Well, I don’t think anybody is perfect,” say, “I’m sorry, but I am. God said so. That’s how I know. I’m perfect.” We were made perfect. That’s past tense. That’s accomplished. You are perfect. No matter what you think about yourself, if you are in Christ you are absolutely perfect.
And you are being made holy. That one is interesting, because we’re made perfect as children. Our sins are forgiven on account of His name. But being made holy? What does the word “holy” mean? Hagios, it means “set apart,” “useful for God’s purposes” or “set apart for use by God.” We’re “being made” holy which means we’re being made useful to God. We’re being cleansed from all the flesh, from all the things that hinder our walk, that encumber us, that trip us up as Peter said. We’re being freed from those things and we’re being made holy. As Paul said, with ever-increasing glory we’re being transformed into the image of Jesus -- ever-increasing holiness and usefulness to God.
Now if we stop at the altar, if we stop as children with our sins forgiven on account of His name, we are never made useful to God, are we? We look back on our lives and ask, “Was I useful to God? Well, I don’t know. I can’t think of anything.” And yet it’s to the Father’s glory that we “bear much fruit, fruit that will last,” Jesus said in John 15. Being useful to God is something that is in God’s plan for our life. Not just simply camping out on the forgiveness of sins but going on to be made holy.
We’re made perfect -- you don’t have anything to worry about. If you’re depressed, stop it! You don’t need to be. There is absolutely no reason. Because in Christ, the covenant keeper, the One that satisfies every requirement the Father ever had or ever will have of us -- it’s done, it’s completed. There is no more sacrifice for sins. It’s over with. You can’t do it either. Heb. 10:18, “And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins.” It’s time we all quit killing animals. There’s no longer any sacrifice for sins. You’re not sacrificing for sins anymore. There’s no longer any more sacrifice.
Anything you do in terms of financial or timewise or anything that you might do that we would call a sacrifice has nothing to do with being made perfect. It has something to do with being made useful to God, being made holy, which is God’s will for you. But it has nothing to do with being made perfect. All sacrifice for sins has already been made. Hallelujah! You don’t have to ever feel oppressed by that ever again. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We are in His tribe. He has come out of the grave on a white horse, Faithful and True. He has conquered that stuff. We don’t have to worry about that stuff anymore.
But -- don’t stop there, because you’re “being made holy.” Your purpose is to be useful to Him, to go into the second chamber, to be a servant of the things of God and to daily do the works of God, to be about your Father’s business. You’ll be poverty-stricken if you stop outside the Holy Place, if you stop with being made perfect. There is a door that Jesus opens and it’s called the forgiveness of sins. And then there’s a highway that leads to the throne of God where the restoration of the glory that we lost in the Garden is all there for us. To be seated in heavenly realms. Every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus has been given to us -- past tense. It’s already available. We need to go and take possession of the land that God has already given us. That’s an Old Testament theme if I ever heard one. The land is already given. Just go possess it. You’re not going to earn it. It’s already there.
So, we’re made perfect; we’re being made useful to God. There is no more sacrifice for sins. “The Holy Spirit also testifies about this: ‘This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts and I will write it on their minds’” (Heb. 10:15-16). No longer on stone tablets, not in some external form where you memorize it. But He said, “I will cause it to well up within them. I will let My Spirit dwell in them.” The same spirit that rose Christ from the dead works powerfully in us (Eph. 1).
That’s His purpose is to create a new race of people that have been re-Birthed back into the glory that God had reserved for us before the world was. Jesus said in John 17:5, “Father, I remember the glory that I had with You before creation.” And then in verse 22 He said, “And that glory I am leaving with them. I am going to leave the glory that I had with You, Father, before the world was. I’m going to leave that for them, for those that would grab hold of that.” It’s available and it’s a real thing. It’s not an imaginary thing.
It’s a great start to receive the forgiveness of sins, but move on into God’s predestined purpose for you. Rom. 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of the Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” Glory-fied. He also did that. That’s past tense. It’s all available. It’s all in Christ Jesus already.
And this verse, “all things work together for the good…” We’ve been quoting that one for years, but do you know what it works for the good towards? The purpose that everything is pointing towards -- everything on the face of the earth is pointing towards God raising up sons to glory. Hebrews 2, “bringing many sons to glory.” Bringing many of this human race back into the glory of God, back into the time when God breathed into them and the wind of heaven blew through their souls and caused them to reign in life, to have dominion over the earth. That’s His purpose; that’s what He’s trying to restore in the human race.
It all works together for the good, but read the next verse: The “good,” His purpose is that we be conformed to the family likeness (literally in the Greek) of Jesus so that we might be justified, and more than that, be GLORYfied. To be restored to the glory that Jesus had before the world was, the Ancient Life that Jesus had. That’s what He’s trying to do in our lives. To be made perfect for sure, but then to be made holy, to be set apart purely for God’s purposes.
You didn’t let the Gentiles play with a holy temple article, did you? Ain’t No Way! If a Gentile touched it you had to break it into pieces smaller than a pomegranate. God abhorred any of His holy things touching the things of the world. “Come out from among them,” saith the Lord, “and you will be My people and I will be Your God.” That’s in the New Testament in 2 Corinthians 6. Come out from among them. Be separate from them. Come out of Babylon, the adulterous woman that looks like the Bride of Christ. She’s an adulteress. Come out from among them and be separate is in Revelation.