Andy Hollifield 4-5-18
Hebrews 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered himself.
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once to the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:27-28 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (28) So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Once—(1) a single time (2) immediately
The word “once” is used 59 times throughout the bible. It’s pretty simple to understand with just a basic third grade education. “Once” means just a single time. It is associated with a lot of important stories in the bible. For instance, in Exodus 30:10 the Lord decreed that Aaron as the high priest, should only enter into the holy of holies once in the year to make atonement for Israel as a nation. Caleb used the word in Numbers 13:30 as he told the Israelites they should leave at once to go take the promised land. In this case it meant immediately. In Joshua 6, he was told by God to march around the city of Jericho with the ark, once a day for six days. On the seventh and final day for the conquest of Canaan, they were to march around the city 7 times. Gideon asked God to let the fleece be dry once and then for it to be wet once as a sign of answered prayer and assurance. In Judges 16:28 Samson, having been blinded by the Philistines, asked the Lord to let him have his strength back once more so he could get vengeance for his eyes and glory for the Lord. In Romans 6:10, Paul said, “For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”
I am thankful that what the Lord Jesus did once, he won’t ever have to do again. I am glad he got it right the first time. We will never again have need of another Savior even though we have need of forgiveness every day. That is because of our shortcomings and sin, not his. Romans 3:23 says, For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Jesus only needed to do his part one time. Revelation 5 says that a search was made in heaven and in the earth and beneath the earth and no one was found worthy to take the book out of the hand of the strong angel, or to even look at the book, or read it, or to break the seals with which it was sealed. It goes on to say that “The Lion of the tribe of Judah” hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seals. It goes on to explain that he prevailed because he had been slain from before the foundations of the world, Before God ever spoke the world into existence, the sacrifice for our sins was known, It came as no surprise to God that Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden. He knew that would be the choice they made so he had already provided a sacrifice for sin before they were ever created. Aren’t you glad that God knows all things. The interesting thing to me is that if God saw all of that and arranged all of that before the foundations of the world, what would make us think that he doesn’t know all about us and what we have need of before we even ask?
I guess I have got to thinking about a lot of things I wish I had of done differently in my life. I can look back and see plenty of mistakes, bad decisions and choices, and just flat out, rebellious sins that I have committed. I have no problem finding where I have got things wrong the first time but I have never found where God got anything wrong at all. First of all, Hebrews 6:18 says “it was impossible for God to lie.” God said 4 times in scripture beginning in Deuteronomy 31:6 that “I will not fail thee, nor (neither) forsake thee.” If God cannot lie, which he can’t, that should be a really comforting promise to us. I have often wondered what my life would have been like if I had not spent all of those years in my teens being a hypocrite. If I had of just let God have his way in my heart and life, how much better my life would have been. That is a lot of the things that I would like to be able to do over. Like I have heard said and it has proven to be true, “hindsight is 20/20.” you can always see a clearer picture looking back than you did at the time. I am glad that God sees all things and knows all things and most importantly forgives all things. In Genesis 18:27 while talking to the Lord, Abraham said that he was “but dust and ashes.” Psalms 78:38-39 “But he being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. (39) For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.” Those verses could be used to describe God’s mercy on me. I know a lot of the time he withheld his judgment and wrath from me. I am sure he did a lot during those years when I didn’t let my “light so shine before men” as Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:16.
I am thankful that God does realize I am as Abraham said “dust and ashes.” I think of it like in Genesis 2:7 where it says that we were made of dust. I have always said that we are just “dust and spit” both which are worthless ingredients. I figure dust because that is what the bible says and spit because he would have needed something to hold the dust together. That’s just my thinking. Although there are many things I would like to do over and know what I know now, I am glad that only once, prior to the flood, God took a do over when it says in Genesis 6:6 “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart.” I am glad that he has never taken a do over on me. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 4-5-18