Hebrews 7-10: Once For All

The title of this post is one of my favorite phrases in the Bible. It’s found several places in Scripture, but today it’s found in Hebrews 9:

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

Through His own death on the cross, Jesus Christ entered into the holy of holies and made atonement for our sins, just as the ancient priests used to do. But our Savior did it only once, once for all. The priests entered the holy of holies once a year, every year, to make partial atonement for the sins of Israel. The atonement was partial because the blood of animals is not sufficient to pay for the sins of men. Our sins are eternal, so our atoning sacrifice must be as well.

Christ was that eternal sacrifice. He was spotless in His humanity, perfectly keeping law that we could never keep, and He was eternal in divinity, able to make eternal payment for eternally damning sins.

And He did it once for all. He will not go to the cross again. We will never need to sacrifice a goat or bull on our behalf. And if we trust in this once for all sacrifice of Jesus, we will never taste the sting of death that we deserve.

One of my favorite songs from this past year is called It Is Finished. It’s written by Matt Papa, and the first verse and chorus rejoice in this once for all sacrifice:

Once and for all
Once and for all
You offered up Your life
For one and all
For one and all
The perfect sacrifice

Atoning blood was shed
Love conquered when You said

It is finished
It is done
to the world salvation comes
Hallelujah, we’re alive
Hell was silenced when You cried
It is finished
It is finished

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