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A View from the Altar / Once for all
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Once for all

When early believers contemplated returning to Judaism, Paul made a statement that should have caught them cold: The sacrifice of Christ for our sins was once for all (Heb 10:10-14), a thing that was done by God forever, never to be repeated, all sufficient, and thereby exclusive.

It was plainly true that the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins, for if that had been possible, then there would have been no more offerings for sins. (Heb 10:2)  To revert to Judaism was to walk away from a once for all offering for sins.  The fact that it was once for all spoke of its sufficiency.  It’s sufficiency led to its exclusiveness, for all the other religions in the world including Judaism featured some kind of ongoing rituals or sacrifices that were supposed to bring men to God.  By maintaining their rituals, Paul said they advertised their insufficiency.

But this man…  And with these words the apostle set forth Christ in him crucified as man’s sole remedy for sins, the sole hope of the world, the only path to God.  Salvation is in him alone.  Our Lord will never suffer the agonies of the cross again.  No need to.  His offering was once for all.

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