Read Hebrews 7:11-28
Sin once ruled in your body, completely. Because of Jesus that sin was paid in full, completely. There is nothing you can do to add to what he accomplished on the Cross. You were completely incapable of restoring yourself to the living God but because of Jesus and his blood shed for you on the cross, you are now hidden in Jesus Christ and restored, completely. His work is done and it is finished. Your work and deeds at the present time are thank offerings. They are signs that your spirit resembles that of Jesus and not your old self. You tithe not because by tithing you will make your status as “saved” MORE saved. You love your neighbor not because by loving them you will be approved and loved more than if you didn’t. You read your Bible not because by reading the Bible you will inherit more in the Kingdom of Heaven than if you didn’t read at all. No. You do these things because all of these are expressions of an active and transformed relationship with your Father in Heaven grounded in love and to neglect these works and deeds would contradict your new character in Christ as a son and daughter in Christ. There is nothing you can do to add to what Jesus has already done. It is finished. You are right now completely saved to the extent of your needing to be saved past, present and future. You are completely forgiven. You have your inheritance in Jesus. There is nothing more to gain. It is finished. It is done. Live to honor him. Live to thank him. Live to obey him. Live to know him. He knows how sinful you were and are. He knows how intense the fight against the flesh was and is. And he paid the debt, he forgave, he saved, he loved in full. It is finished. That bill was paid and no longer exists. It is finished. It is done. You were lost completely but because of Jesus you are forever found, completely. Now, love him with your life, completely. Do more but earn nothing. Stay busy but consume yourself with his will. Suffer not to earn your stripes but to live a life worthy of his stripes. Live to bless the cross and the son that bought and brought you back to the Father in Jesus’ name, not your own. Don’t hold your breath hoping and praying that you hold on long enough. Instead, breathe a sigh of relief and thankfulness that Jesus lives and that it is finished.
2 thoughts on “Tuesday Devotional: Hebrews 7:11-28”
Hi Nathan, Thank you for these words of clarity and exhortation. I love this part of the message: “You work and deeds at the present time are thank offerings.” Such a fitting perspective on our efforts for the Lord. Thanks again. Have a great day! -Stephen Nathan posted: “Read Hebrews 7:11-28 Sin once ruled in your body, completely. Because of Jesus that sin was paid in full, completely. There is nothing you can do to add to what he accomplished on the Cross. You were completely incapable of restoring yourself to the livin”
Thanks Stephen! Glad it was encouraging. In spite of the typo. 🙂