Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 5.
“The Lord Jesus by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself, which he through the Eternal Spirit once offered up to God, hath fully satisfied the Justice of God,...“
Hebrews 9:14, 10:14
How many times must a truly righteous Jesus offer Himself as a sacrifice for His people? Only one. Think about it: a perfect savior makes a perfect sacrifice. If another sacrifice is necessary, then the first sacrifice was not perfect. Thankfully, Jesus does not need to be sacrificed over and over. He was without any spot or blemish of sin, and could endure the infinite wrath due to sin. He offered Himself up once, and that is enough.
The sacrifice of Christ is over. It is done. It is finished. We have no need to “re-present” it, as Roman Catholics do in the mass day after day. The work of redemption has ceased! Jesus is now in heaven, reigning and sitting at the right hand of the Father!
Since Jesus’s offering up of Himself only needed to happen once, we have assurance that those who trust in Christ are forgiven. God’s justice is FULLY satisfied.
My sin—O the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
-Horatio Spafford, It Is Well With My Soul
Not a little satisfied, not somewhat satisfied, but fully. When we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Why is He just? Because Christ’s offering has fully satisfied the justice of God.
Do not trick yourself into thinking that Christ is not enough to save you. There is no need for “salvation insurance” in the form of saints, Mary, adding your works to Christ, or adopting any other practice that claims to get you into heaven. Only Christ is sufficient. He is all you need.
Questions to Consider
- Is Christ enough for you?