Hebrews 10:14 - Being Made Holy.

Hebrews 10:14 (NIV) For by one sacrifice he 
has made perfect forever those who are being 
made holy.  

Hebrews 10:14 (NLT) For by that one offering 
he forever made perfect those who are being 
made holy.  

Hebrews 10:14 (MSG) It was a perfect 
sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very 
imperfect people. By that single offering, he did 
everything that needed to be done for everyone who 
takes part in the purifying process.  


   Since I am always chasing perfection, I 
key in on verses like this one that were 
discussing in Sunday school. I begin to imagine myself 
with no blemishes, no cellulite, and good hair. 
In my magazinecover daydream, I am a Pulitzer 
Prizewinner/ supermodel/ worldclass pianist who never 
yells at her kids and never fights with her 
husband. I always make my parents happy. Students beg 
to be in my classes. Im not afraid of 
anything, and I have no regrets.  
   Of course, this is not what the writer 
was talking about, the Sunday school teacher 
reminds us. What a buzzkill. The Hebrew word for 
perfect is more like complete. We are made 
complete in Him. So, whatever is lacking in us is 
provided in Jesus. We live in wholeness, not 
scarcity, not living a partial life. I begin to wrap 
my head around this when I notice the last part 
of the verse. Were being made holy.  
   My goal is perfection. Its how were 
graded in school; the goal is 100 percent. Doctors 
and charts tell us our optimum weight. Judges at 
music competitions give us superior ratings 
when we get everything right. Theres only one 
winner in a spelling bee - the one who never misses 
a word. One team gets the state-championship 
trophy. Its the way the world works.  
   But its not how Jesus works. His goal 
for us is not perfection. Its growth. First, 
He makes us complete; thats a onetime thing 
that happened on the cross and is good forever. 
Then our life is a process of being made holy. 
Not working for holiness, not reaching 
perfection. Being made. By the work He does in us day by 
day. by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry  
   Faith Step: Commit Colossians 2:9-10 to 
memory. Its light for your every step. [Mornings 
With Jesus 2020 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   The Old Testament priest always stood as 
he ministered. The fact that Jesus sat down 
after He offered Himself as a sacrifice indicates 
that His work was done. There were no more 
sacrifices to offer. Jesus made perfect forever 
those who are being made holy.  
   Through Christs death you and I have 
been perfected. And we are being made holy. We 
are in the process of becoming what we are.  
   This is an exciting truth. You can pick 
up an acorn, hold it in your hand, and know for 
sure that if it is planted a mighty oak will 
grow. That acorn wont become a reed, or a stalk 
of corn, or a geranium. It will become an oak, 
for though it looks very different from a mature 
tree, it is an oak, and in time will become one.  
   You and I may look very different from 
Jesus today. Yet God has placed Christs own 
nature in us. We are Christian now, and in time we 
will be Christian. We are holy now, and in time 
we will be holy.  
   Some fat folks post pictures of 
themselves on the refrigerator, to remind themselves of 
how they look. It usually just makes them feel 
bad, and doesnt help at all. How much better 
Gods way is. He posts His portrait of the ideal 
you in your heart, and tells you to act like the 
person you are. As we act in harmony with the 
vision of our ideal self, that is what you and I 
   Never let yourself be discouraged about 
the slowness of your spiritual growth. God sees 
you perfected, standing in His presence with a 
character like that of His own Son. This is who you 
are"and it is who you most certainly will become.  
   No wonder the passage says that those 
He has made perfect forever are even now 
being made holy. [The 365-Day Devotional 


Redeemed Life, Redeemed Name
   During Jesuss earthly ministry, people 
identified him as Jesus, the son of David. The angel 
Gabriel announced to Mary, You will conceive and 
give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 
He will be very great and will be called the 
Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him 
the throne of his ancestor David (Luke 
1:31"32 NLT). 
   And Bartimaeus, who was blind, called out 
to Jesus, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on 
me! (Mark 10:47 NLT). David not only was part of 
Jesuss family tree, but he also was the most 
important member of it (other than Jesus Himself). 
   The Bible dedicates a lot of ink to 
Davids life and exploits. Hes uniquely called 
a man after [Gods] own heart (1 Samuel 
13:14 NLT). God plucked him out of obscurity and 
directed the prophet Samuel to anoint him to replace 
the wicked King Saul. 
   David was the greatest of all of the 
kings of Israel. We know about his victories, 
including the defeat of Goliath, a massive giant of a 
   We also know about his horrible failure 
with Bathsheba, identified in Matthews 
genealogy as the wife of Uriah (see 1:6 NKJV). David 
committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he tried to 
cover it up. That didnt work, and so he 
effectively had Bathshebas husband killed in battle.  
   You could sum up David's name with two 
other names: Goliath (his greatest victory) and 
Bathsheba (his worst defeat). Yet David makes it into 
the most exclusive genealogy in all of human 
   Even after all the mistakes David made, 
he was part of this exclusive genealogy. Talk 
about the redemption of a life and a name. God 
redeemed David despite his shortcomings. 
   In the same way, God can redeem your 
life. And He can redeem your name as well. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 
https://www.harvestdaily.com] re Luke 1:32 


John 17:17 - Sanctification, What Does It 
Mean? (updated) 


John 17:17 - Holiness from God's Word.


1 Corinthians 2:14 - Spiritual Discernment 
So Vital. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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