October 2


"Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:12, NKJV).

In a masterful presentation of the superiority of Christ's high priestly ministry, Paul extols his Redeemer as the "Obtainer of Eternal Redemption." Two things stand out in this title (1) Christ is the obtainer of redemption, and (2) the redemption is eternal.

Everything that Jesus did to obtain our redemption is described as better than, greater than, and superior to the earthly sacrificial system. Paul speaks repeatedly of the "better covenant" (Hebrews 7:22, NKJV), a "more excellent ministry" (Hebrews 8:6, NKJV), a "greater and more perfect tabernacle" (Hebrews 9:11, NKJV). better promises (Hebrews 8:6, NKJV), "better sacrifices" (Hebrews 9:23, NKJV). The supreme focus of Jesus ministry was to obtain eternal redemption for us. By His death. He delivered us, and by His intercession, He preserves us.

The redemption that was secured on the cross is described as "eternal" (Hebrews 9:12, NKJV) in contrast with the temporary and provisional nature of the Levitical system. Through our Saviour's death and intercession, our salvation is secured and perfected. Everything Jesus does in the plan of redemption is of eternal consequence. There is nothing temporary or provisional about the redemption Christ has obtained for us. Our redemption is a long-term redemption. For all eternity the redeemed will praise God for His eternal redemption. Commenting on Christ's redemption for us, Ellen G. White wrote: "He is the One who has made an infinite sacrifice in our behalf, the One who has brought eternal redemption to our view."--Signs of the Times, February 8, 1892.

My Prayer Today: Lord, because You have obtained eternal redemption for me, I have the assurance of eternal life. Amen.