“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
Here is another summary statement comparing the old covenant method with the new covenant method. Jesus did not make offerings over and over. Those offerings did not make anyone perfect before God, which is the only perfection that matters. Jesus, on the other hand, made only one offering, and it was perfect. Therefore, the offering made those to whom it was applied perfect in the sight of God.
The offering of Jesus was permanent in that it was eternal in its scope. One who is being set aside by God does need to have that happen over and over again. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross brought eternal salvation to those who accept that blood and experience the new birth. It was so true that eternal salvation began the moment a person became a new creature. We do not have to wait until we die and the resurrection morning. Eternal life is the gift of God to all who are sanctified by Jesus, washed in the blood, and living as a new creature.
Task for Today: Jesus died for you. Whether or not you become involved in the sanctification process, however, is up to you. Jesus died for everyone, but not everyone will die to sin and be washed in the blood. Only those who obey the good news of God will enter eternal life. When you arise from the watery grave of baptism, your sins will be covered by the blood of Jesus, and you will arise to walk in newness of life. You must be born again of water and spirit.