All of us have had negative experiences. The choice is ours whether we become bitter or better as a result of them. For every person who can claim some dysfunctional behavior because of a traumatic experience in their life, there are others who have had similar or worse things happen to them, yet they overcame their circumstances. Why? Because problems do not dictate failure; we have a choice!
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Hebrews 10:10 says that Jesus’ offering sanctified us once for all. Verse 14 says that those of us who have been sanctified by Jesus’ offering were also perfected forever.
The way to understand this wonderful truth is to recognize that when we are born again, we receive new spirits that are created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). The new, born-again spirit is as holy and pure as Jesus is (1 Corinthians 6:17 and 1 John 4:17) because it is His Spirit (Galatians 4:6). The moment we believe, we are sealed (vacuum packed), and sin cannot penetrate that seal (Ephesians 1:13).
When Christians sin, their bodies and souls participate and are affected by that sin, but their spirits are sealed and retain their holiness. That’s the reason Hebrews 10:14 says they are perfected forever. That perfection is in their born-again spirits (Hebrews 12:23).
In the Old Testament, the kings had physical authority and the priests had spiritual authority. We New Testament believers are in a category all our own. We are both kings and priests (Rev. 1:6 and 5:10). We are a royal priesthood (1 Pet. 2:9). We truly are God’s chosen people.
None of us are worthy to become kings or priests based on our performance, because all have sinned (Rom. 3:23). But we are washed, we are sanctified, and we are justified in the name of Jesus and by the Spirit of the Lord (1 Cor. 6:11).