Forgive the Unrepentant

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upon Jesus, meaning that our past sins, our present sins, and our future sins were all covered by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 10:10, page 1880
“By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Jesus died once for all so that we are sanctified through the offering of His body (Hebrews 10:10, page 1880). 1In Hebrews 10:10, page 1880, we note first that we have been sanctified (“ἡγιασμένοι”). As believers, by the will of God (“ἐν ᾧ θελήματι”), we are and remain forever as the people who have been sanctified. The term sanctified means generally to be made holy, consecrated, and set apart for God’s own use. In this verse, the term means that we have been sanctified in the past, by completed action, with the result continuing into the present. God used a participle here to relate our sanctification to the main verb “we are” (“ἐσμὲν”). Therefore, in the past, we have been consecrated and made holy, set apart for God’s use, and now we live always as set apart for God’s use. In fact, Jesus has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14, page 1880). 2Jesus taught us in Hebrews 10:14, page 1880, that by means of one (“μιᾷ” the first word in the Greek sentence) and only one offering He has perfected (“τετελείωκεν”) believers. Jesus again emphasized that one offering has perfected all believers, for all time, so that they are all the ones sanctified (“τοὺς ἁγιαζομένους”). With this participle, Jesus highlighted that we are, right now, the sanctified ones. We will never need another sacrifice for sins, even the sins we commit after our initial salvation. The single offering of Jesus Christ has made us perfect from the standpoint of payment for sin and perfection of believers. From these passages we can now see that all the condemnation we deserved for our sins was laid upon Jesus Christ, so that now the believer has no condemnation from God (Romans 8:1, page 1768). Every believer has peace with God, having been justified by faith alone (Romans 5:1, page 1764).  Jesus suffered the death penalty of sin for us, and also propitiated the anger of God, meaning that Jesus appeased the wrath of God directed at our sins. 3We can learn about the doctrine of propitiation in 1 John 2:1-2, page 1905. The word propitiation (“ἱλασμός”) there means to take away anger, to appease wrath. Jesus died to be the propitiation not for the sins of believers only, but for the sins of the entire world. But that propitiation only becomes effective for me by faith alone. So, I may be very confident that the wrath of God that once weighed on me (John 3:36, page 1659) has now been placed upon Jesus because I believe that He died for me, in my place, and He suffered the wrath of God directed toward my personal sins. Therefore, I will never face the wrath of God, because Jesus has appeased God’s righteous anger toward my sin. We can be very precise about propitiation. In Romans 3:25, page 1762, we learn that God displayed publicly Christ Jesus as a propitiation (“ἱλαστήριον”) in His blood through faith. Notice here that the blood of Jesus Christ was and remains essential in appeasing the wrath of God. Only the sinless, perfect blood of Jesus shed for us would satisfy the wrath of God. That blood only becomes effective for us by faith alone. We must believe to be saved. Therefore, my salvation rests totally upon my faith that Jesus died for all of my sins, and God has already forgiven me of all my sins. Every believer has eternal life as a free gift from Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23, page 1766), and every sin past, present and future has already been forgiven and covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. 

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1. In Hebrews 10:10, page 1880, we note first that we have been sanctified (“ἡγιασμένοι”). As believers, by the will of God (“ἐν ᾧ θελήματι”), we are and remain forever as the people who have been sanctified. The term sanctified means generally to be made holy, consecrated, and set apart for God’s own use. In this verse, the term means that we have been sanctified in the past, by completed action, with the result continuing into the present. God used a participle here to relate our sanctification to the main verb “we are” (“ἐσμὲν”). Therefore, in the past, we have been consecrated and made holy, set apart for God’s use, and now we live always as set apart for God’s use.
2. Jesus taught us in Hebrews 10:14, page 1880, that by means of one (“μιᾷ” the first word in the Greek sentence) and only one offering He has perfected (“τετελείωκεν”) believers. Jesus again emphasized that one offering has perfected all believers, for all time, so that they are all the ones sanctified (“τοὺς ἁγιαζομένους”). With this participle, Jesus highlighted that we are, right now, the sanctified ones. We will never need another sacrifice for sins, even the sins we commit after our initial salvation. The single offering of Jesus Christ has made us perfect from the standpoint of payment for sin and perfection of believers.
3. We can learn about the doctrine of propitiation in 1 John 2:1-2, page 1905. The word propitiation (“ἱλασμός”) there means to take away anger, to appease wrath. Jesus died to be the propitiation not for the sins of believers only, but for the sins of the entire world. But that propitiation only becomes effective for me by faith alone. So, I may be very confident that the wrath of God that once weighed on me (John 3:36, page 1659) has now been placed upon Jesus because I believe that He died for me, in my place, and He suffered the wrath of God directed toward my personal sins. Therefore, I will never face the wrath of God, because Jesus has appeased God’s righteous anger toward my sin. We can be very precise about propitiation. In Romans 3:25, page 1762, we learn that God displayed publicly Christ Jesus as a propitiation (“ἱλαστήριον”) in His blood through faith. Notice here that the blood of Jesus Christ was and remains essential in appeasing the wrath of God. Only the sinless, perfect blood of Jesus shed for us would satisfy the wrath of God. That blood only becomes effective for us by faith alone. We must believe to be saved.