PURIFIER OF SINS
he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the
right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:3, NIV).
title introduces Christ's cleansing power in addition to His
creative and sustaining power. By His atonement, Christ accomplished
two essential aspects of cleansing from sin. First, Jesus
cleanses in the universal sense by His vicarious once-for-all
atonement. By this act, full provision was made for all to
be saved. The second cleansing aspect of the atonement is
the cleansing of the individual from sin. Each individual
who by faith appropriates the provisions of the atonement
on Calvary is personally cleansed and made right with God.
This phase of the atonement will continue until the last soul
cross, Jesus Christ finished His work as the sacrifice for
sin (see Zechariah 13:1). The atonement was fully settled
at the cross. However, as our intercessor, Christ's work of
atonement continues in heaven where He is our advocate before
the Father (see Hebrews 7:25). The final purification of sin
is yet to come when Christ, the purifier of sin, will finally
eradicate every vestige of sin from the universe forever.
Then a purified people in a purified world will praise God
for all eternity.
of Christ as Creator, Sustainer, and Purifier, Ellen G. White
comments, "There is a personal God, the Father; there
is a personal Christ, the Son. And 'God, who at sundry times
and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers
by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by
His Son... who being the brightness of His glory, and the
express image of His person, and upholding all things by the
word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.' "--Review
and Herald, November 8, 1898.
Prayer Today: Lord, I pray that You will purify
and keep me until the final restoration of all things. Amen.