In the letter to the Hebrews in verse 10:14, it states, “For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy.” The Greek word, “teleioo” here means “cleansed and perfected.”
Used nine times in the book of Hebrews (2:10; 5:9; 7:19, 28; 9:9; 10:1, 14; 11:40; 12:23), the verb “teleioo” also means “to complete, make perfect by reaching the intended goal.” Therefore, “perfection” describes the imputed effect that Christ’s work has on His followers in God’s eyes. He has paid in totality for our original sinful state and given us His eternal life as new creatures, thus reaching our goal for us. It is His faith given to us in that blood payment and supernatural life that activates our cleanliness.
As true living sacrifices for the Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible, we have been perfected by His work alone apart from anything we do. That’s why Romans 8:31 asks rhetorically, “If God is for us (because He is), who [can possibly be] against us” (parenthesis mine)? The answer is, of course, that no one and nothing can be against us if the one true God of the universe is on our side. As a result, we are summoned daily to walk by faith in His finished work. This is a walk of spiritual rest. We are called to integrate it into our lives, letting it spill into every area and apply directly and personally to our hearts in our specific circumstances.
While bleeding in our place, Christ‘s compassionate heart held us individually in full payment for the whole sinful state of the old man, including every thought and deed therein. As omniscient God, He saw our future lives, birth to death, and covered them fully in His own blood. This was the work that He had come to do for us. That is why He gave up His last breath saying, “It is finished.” He knew what He had just completed. He trusted and obeyed the Father because He knew our value in Him was God’s treasure.
When we stop to consider our worth to God, it is immeasurable. He has proven that by his sacrifice to redeem us fully. However, as difficult as it is to comprehend, apart from Him we are as worthless as used menstruation rags. That gives us pretty clear picture of worthlessness. Yet we need not be offended at the unpleasant description He presents. Apart from Him, our value is lost totally because He is Life and without Him there is no life, only death. As His personally created beings, we belong in complete union with Him, the Life Source. Therein lies our immeasurable value.
It is worth the time to humble ourselves rearranging our souls such that they agree with this truth whole-heartedly. Only then will we have the humility necessary to see the desperate need we have to receive into our souls the imputed righteousness He so freely gives.
Once we realize our worth apart from God, we can allow Christ’s righteousness to become our own. Then, because of what Christ has done for us we can live with a clear conscience. We can stop condemning ourselves because God does not. Why not? Because there is none left. How? Christ took it all.
Walking in agreement with God on this issue is faith, which pleases God. And in that faith, as His vessels we carry Him wherever we go. We can have holy week and communion every day in our hearts by choosing to remember and appropriate our purchased freedom and spiritual perfection attained at Calvary and the Resurrection. A life of remembrance and thanksgiving applied to our daily lives, even in the valleys, humbles us, smoothes the rough edges, prepares our hearts to receive from Him, and puts everything in proper perspective.
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
1 John 3:3
And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
1 Corinthians 3:16
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
1 Corinthians 11:24-26
and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,
And without faith it is impossible to please God
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered
and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God
For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper.
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,