And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10: 10

 

God’s will is not something to be trifled with. We may attempt to ignore it for a time, but the Lord will always prevail. That is a part of the nature of being God; ultimately, He calls all of the shots, and when everything is resolved at the end of time, it is far better to be counted among those who decided to join with God than it is to be on the outside of His will. One of the most important and powerful aspects of the expression of that will of God is found in the way that He determined to save people, that is to save you and me, from ourselves and out of the state of sinfulness that we were born into. God imposed His will upon Himself in giving His Son, Jesus the Christ, as the culminating sacrifice that put an end to all other forms of external sacrifices that had previously been used to temporarily bridge the great gulf that existed between God and people due to our rebellion and rejection of following God’s will.

 

Now, in Christ, we have the opportunity to draw near to God in all ways and at all times. The former law and the rules for living righteously that were formed out of it are put behind us by the sacrificial blood that Christ shed for us. The cross is the point in time and the place where all other religious practices reach their terminus, for the effectiveness that may have come out of these ordinances and institutions was temporal and short lived to the point of fading away even before the aroma of the incense or the bleating of the sacrificial lamb had vanished from nose and ear. Even the most rigorous adherence to the law did not sanctify people, and the faithful practice of its ordinances was ineffective in granting us a state of permanent right standing, of holiness, before God. Thus, the law and the practice of its requirements could never sanctify any of us.

 

Christ alone does that. His blood is more than sufficient to cleanse any of us so that we are wholly and absolutely worthy to stand before our God and to withstand the judgement that will come for everyone at the end of time. As we are in Christ, so it is His holiness that is seen when we are so viewed. But this holiness, the sanctification that Christ gives to all who follow Him, is not solely intended to bring us into a place of acceptance into the presence of God in eternity; for, Christ sanctifies us in order to prepare us to engage in living out His will on earth for the remainder of our days here. As we have been made clean on the inside, so too we are to dwell as holy and righteous people in this world. Christ’s presence in and with us grants to us a form of freedom that allows us to love others, to pour out grace upon their pain, to give life where death attempts to rule, and to sooth and comfort souls that are being crushed by oppression of many kinds. These thoughts and acts and many others that imitate the manner that our Savior demonstrated to us are a direct expression of God’s indomitable will and are the sweet fruit that His Spirit brings into our lives and thus into this world.