Scripture: Hebrews 10:14 NASB “You Look Maavalous!”
“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
Billy Crystal used to impersonate Ricardo Montalban on Saturday Night Live. His signature line was, “You look maavalous!”
Did you know you look “maavalous” to God if you have trusted Christ?
There are three tenses of verbs used in Scripture to speak of sanctification or holiness. So theologically we say there are three types of sanctification. Here they are.
1) Past Sanctification that occurs at the moment we trust Christ. The past tense of the verb sanctify is used for this type of sanctification in the Bible (cf. 1 Cor. 1:2, 30, 6:11, Heb. 10:10, 14).
2) Present or Progressive Sanctification is when we work on becoming holy practically in our lives on earth (cf. Phil. 2:12-13, 2 Cor. 7:1, 1 Thess. 3:12, 13, John 17:17, 2 Cor. 3:18).
3) Future Sanctification is when we are made perfectly holy in Heaven and receive our new perfect heavenly bodies (cf. Eph. 5:25-27, 1 Thess. 5:23).
The point is that we should be living to please God all day long. But we do not start in the hole, so to speak. We start in a state of grace. We were sanctified at the time we were saved. Because of that, God sees us as perfect when we get up in the morning or when we’re sleeping all night for that matter.
Do you realize that you look maavalous?
If you do, you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19, John 10:10b)!
Here are a few verses to help you realize how God sees you.
- Eccles. 9:7, “Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.
- Zeph. 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
- John 3:16, “For God so loved [your name], that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Can you believe those verses are true about you? Can you put your own name in John 3:16 so it applies to you personally? If you can, you’re beginning to get the point!
The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: One Sacrifice Times One