For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14)
This verse talks about what Jesus accomplished through his sacrifice on the cross. His sacrifice and what it accomplished is the basis of all New Covenant function.
In the Old Covenant, the Priest would take the animal offered for sacrifice and lay his hands on the animal’s head. As part of his service on the Day of Atonement, the Priest had the authority and anointing to transfer the sins of the people onto the animal before it was offered up as a sacrifice.
In creating the New Covenant, Jesus became not only our High Priest, but also the sacrifice for all of humanity’s sin. Because his sacrifice was accepted by God, he provided every need, both in time and eternity, in every area of the life of the person who trusts in him.
The first step in being “born again” and entering the blessings of the New Covenant is believing the truth and revelation of what God has done for us in Christ. But, there is another necessary step. Confession must be made.
For with the heart a person believes and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation. (Romans 10:10)
However, a believer’s ability to appropriate the benefits of his sacrifice is progressive. We must start from the fact that the sacrifice is totally complete. If you will consider the work of Calvary to be perfect in every respect, the Holy Spirit will empower you in entering into the fullness of the New Covenant!
In the Book of Hebrews, scripture reveals that Jesus is the High Priest of our profession. (3:1, 4:14, 10:23) In the Greek language, “profession” is the word homologia which means “to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with, assent.”.
In simple terms, what this verse conveys is that Jesus intercedes and transacts business for us with God based upon the measure of our understanding of what he accomplished through his sacrifice and the measure to which we speak in agreement with him regarding his sacrifice -or- to say the same thing as he says.
Sad to say, the average believer cannot even explain what truly happened through the cross of Christ beyond the general thought of, “Jesus died for my sins.” In order to enter the fullness of the New Covenant, a believer must know, understand and continually agree (profess) with God regarding the consequences of Jesus’ sacrifice. The reason for this is because the sacrifice is the very basis of our approaching God. Without it, we have no access to Him.
Provided below are some very basic exchanges that occurred through the sacrifice. These are the “things” that we as believers are to progressively enter into the fullness of in our walk,…………here and now,……..on this planet,………..and not just when we get to heaven.
Scriptures are provided so that you can study them out and become thoroughly convinced of their accuracy. Once you are assured that these are the transactions that God considers to have taken place through Jesus’ sacrifice, I would encourage you to agree with Him and make them your profession!
Take time during your day and/or prayer time, and, in faith, verbally speak them out loud. Declare them in faith and in agreement with your High Priest. I think you will be surprised by the results of this simple act of obedience and faith!
1. Jesus was punished that I might be forgiven. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
2. Jesus was wounded that I might be healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, I Peter 2:24)
3. Jesus was made sin with my sinfulness so that I might be made righteous with his righteousness. (Isaiah 53:10, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
4. Jesus died my death for me so that I might share his Life. (Hebrews 2:9, John 10:10)
5. Jesus was made a curse for me that I might receive the blessing. (Galatians 3:13-14)
6. Jesus endured my poverty that I might share in his abundance. (2 Corinthians 8:9, 2 Corinthians 9:8)
7. Jesus endured my shame that I might share his glory. (Matthew 27:35-36. Hebrews 2:10)
8. Jesus suffered my rejection that I might experience his acceptance. (Matthew 27:45-51, Ephesians 1:3-6)