Monday, May 30, 2005
by W. E. Best
The Body of Christ sanctifies the believer forever – “once and for all” (Heb. 10:10). The word “once” and the word “for all” (forever) stand or fall together. The once of Christ’s work is the secret of its being forever. The propitiation for sin was so complete that God now remembers the sin no more forever; this indicates that He has forgiven the sinner. Forgiveness signifies that God “forgets away” every sin. Forgetting in the Divine mind is an attribute, but in the human mind it is a defect. Consequently, God never illustrates His divine forgetfulness by human representations, but by similitudes taken from His own creation. “AS far as the east is from the west so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12). “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins…” (Is. 44:22). God never uses a human illustration of forgiveness because a human being is incapable of forgiving as God forgives. Man understands forgiveness to imply something he can understand, but it is of such magnitude that it demands the Holy Spirit to enable him to comprehend that which is made his through grace. When this is realized by the believer, the conscience becomes perfect. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Heb. 10:1, 14).
Adapted from “Christ’s Human Body” in Studies in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ by W. E. Best. Best has been the pastor of Kingwood Assembly of Christ in Houston, Texas for over 50 years. His church has made his sermons, books and tracts available free of charge on their website www.webbmt.org.