Once and for All

We are going through the book of Hebrews, one section at a time. Each week, I can’t help but think to myself…

He {the writer of Hebrews} already said that.

Once and for all. 

The original letter was delivered to Christians struggling to keep their faith in the presence of opposition, trials and discouragement. They were facing a high probability of half-filled promises, growing weary from trying to live their faith in a culture luring them towards temporary satisfaction and away from the eternal.

With a literary underscore, the writer repeats the words “once and for all” 4 times.

He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. {7:27}

“He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” {9:12}

“But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” {9:26}

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” {10:10}

Once. For all. For all time. 

Perhaps the Spirit inspired the writer knowing readers for all time would struggle with the same discouragement and weariness.  The tapes are the same and have been set on repeat for generations.  You know the ones.

I’ll never be…

Because of my past…

I’m not a good enough…

I can’t stop…

I should have…

Even after every weight and sin that entangles us has been laid aside, our tendency is to linger in the dust of their remains.  What Jesus did once and for all gives us a clean slate with every confession. God’s hand is forever extended to those who are His, pulling us out of the mire of our sin.

The reminder is served because although we are unfinished, we tend to think our business with God is unfinished. Yet He said Himself…

It is finished.

We see ourselves like a DIY project in the garage.  I’ll go back and sand it one more time.  Add another coat of paint to make it super shiny.  One more reinforcement.

If only…

When I…

Until he…

The knowledge of once and for all gives power to find the joy of now while releasing yesterday’s pain and tomorrow’s fear.

The truth of once and for all is we are fully loved and fully welcomed by Christ, filthy rags and all.

The grace of once and for all extends the hand of forgiveness each time we fail.

The glory of once and for all glows in our weakness when He is made strong.

It’s worthy of repetition because I am unworthy of remembering it, one day to the next.

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