Reading: “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”—Hebrews 10:14

Look at Jesus, here, and behold Him in His high priestly office—the sacrifice, the sacrificer, and the altar by which He “hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Note, both the preciousness of Jesus, and also His work. It is but one offering, and offered only once. For, from its eternal value and efficacy, an everlasting perfection is given to all them that are sanctified, and set apart for Himself. “For Christ” (as the apostle expressed it) “being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God” (Romans 6:9–10).

What precious things are contained in this view of the one offering of the Lord Jesus. It is blessed to behold them, to believe them, and doubly blessed to be living in the constant enjoyment of them.        So vast and comprehensive is this one offering of Jesus, that it hath not merely procured the hopes of pardon, but the certainty of it; not only brought poor sinners into a capability of being saved, but absolutely saved them; and not only saved them, but qualified them for happiness. Indeed, has perfected—and that for ever—them that are sanctified.

And who are  they? Surely all are sanctified who were set apart from everlasting, in the council of peace, between the persons of the Godhead, and given unto the Son, in an everlasting covenant, that cannot be broken. The words of Jesus Himself sets this forth: “That I should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given me” (John 17:2). One more observation more: “He hath perfected for ever.” The blessing runs through all eternity. The efficacy of Jesus’ blood and righteousness is eternally the same. In point of merit, it flows as fresh and pure, and sovereign, in its pleadings now, as it ever did. 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.