Theology Gems is a new series where I find short snippits of things written by friends and repost them here with their permission.
Michael Hall is my friend and brother in the faith and founder of the blog, Completa Apologia, which can be found here. This was originally posted on his Instagram profile and was reposted here with his permission.
I think it is a key thing to understand the singularity of Christ's atoning work. Yes, I do believe that Christ continues to intercede for us to the Father, that in that sense, as the Author of Hebrews says, He is our great high priest. But also He is the Lamb of God who takes away (or, atones for) the sin of the world. This He did once and for all, offering a complete, and infinitely worthy, sacrifice. This sacrificing, being perfect and without blemish, renders us to be perfect in the eyes of God because we are in Christ and covered by His blood. He has perfected us, in that our justification is perfect. Our justification is a perfect justification. There is a level of perfection in the sacrifice of Christ that could have NEVER have been reached by the blood of bulls and rams. This He did, by a single offering; meaning, that He offered Himself up for His elect once and only once. One death being necessary to our justification, but ONLY one death was necessary since His sacrifice was infinitely worthy - His sacrifice derives this infinite worthiness in that He is the only eternal Son of God. To sacrifice Christ more than once is to imply imperfection upon His sacrifice which also - by logical implication - implies imperfection in His person. But let this never be! For isn't it written that He (Christ) is His (God the Father) Son, in whom He (God the Father) is well pleased? Is not Christ the one of whom it was written that no deceit was in His mouth? There can be no imperfection in Christ without corresponding imperfection to every member of the Trinity. And if God be imperfect, then why call Him God? For if God has imperfections, then, simply put, He cannot be God, for God is perfect. For it is written of God that He is holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6). This sacrifice of Christ is done unto "those who are being sanctified". This is a qualifying statement that only those in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit are being sanctified, since it is the work of the Holy Spirit to wrought in us sanctification. Thus let it be said: For by a single offering He (that is, Christ) has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. - Hebrews 10:14
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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