Tozer Devotional

Fri, March 02, 2018

Christ's "Once for All" Sacrifice

I need to say something here about the wide difference of viewpoint in Christendom concerning the full meaning of Jesus' sacrifice. Protestant teaching has always been unequivocal: the death of Christ was one finished sacrifice with perpetual efficacy, never to be repeated. But I have read the writings of other theologians who describe dramatically how the Savior dies over and over each time the Mass is said, each time the sacrament is offered. One group insists the sacrificial death of Christ happened once with perpetual efficacy. The other teaches it to be a perpetual, oft-repeated act.

If your Christ must die every Sunday (or Saturday), then you must conclude that His sacrifice was effective for only a week. But if Jesus Christ performed one efficacious act, alone, by Himself, then that act is good for all time and eternity. Admittedly, there is a vital difference between these two viewpoints.

What do the Scriptures teach? They teach that "Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring [us] to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Done once, that efficacious sacrifice can never be repeated.

The death and resurrection of Christ has settled the sin question. In believing the good news, we are now forgiven and cleansed—purified from our sins.


Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. Hebrews 7:27


Christ's sacrifice for sin — Himself — was a "once for all" sacrifice. It needs never to be repeated. It is eternally effective. In celebrations of the Lord's Supper we continue to rememberthat once for all sacrifice but we do not repeat it.


Thank You, Lord, for Your "once for all" sacrifice by which You have provided forgiveness and life for me.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the Jesus, Our Man in Glory Chapter 7 - Jesus, the Eternal Word


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