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Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
March 30, 2024

Do you struggle to believe the glorious things the Bible says about Christian people, like the part where God claims we are “holy” in his sight?

How can that be logically? If you have a long history of embarrassing sins, how could holy be true for you?

The author of Hebrews knows. He writes, “For by one sacrifice [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (10:14). You should adore the grammar in that verse. It admits that Christians “are being made holy,” implying a process that is not yet finished. This is why you still are tempted, why you still stumble, why you still are drawn back to the poison of habitual sins.

Yet please don’t miss what the author said first. Jesus “has made perfect forever” those very people who are still works in progress. You already are as clean and pure as you could possibly be in the eyes of our Father. You don’t have to fear his judgment or anger or disappointment because your Savior endured all that on a cross.

Theologians call this the “already/not yet” of the Christian life. So, child of God, keep fighting. You are not yet holy in your habits. And, child of God, keep resting. You are already holy in your blood-bought identity.

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