Jesus didn’t only make a sacrifice for our sins, but also for His sins too! Shocking? I know! But just follow me closely so you don’t misunderstand me.
A high priest is chosen by God to represent his people, offering their gifts to God and also SACRIFICES FOR THEIR SINS. He is gentle with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is weak. So he offers sacrifices not just for their sins, but his sins also (Hebrews 5:1-4, 7:27).
Now we have an Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, who also understands our weaknesses, because He has faced all the temptations and sufferings we have faced in the flesh, yet He didn’t sin, and He learnt obedience by the things He suffered. So God qualified Him to be a PERFECT High Priest to become the source of our Eternal Salvation (Hebrews 4:14-15, 5:8-9).
So how did Jesus sin in the first place to even pay for His sins? Good question. First payment was that He bought our sins and bore it on the cross. He played the role of High Priest and Lamb at the same time, by offering Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, thereby becoming sin itself after all our sins were transferred to His account.
So He had to be charged for our sins which now became His sins. And that’s why the Father forsook Him because God cannot behold iniquity! (Isaiah 53:10-12, Habakkuk 1:13, Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24)
Remember, the high priest also offers sacrifice for himself, so Jesus as the High Priest offered sacrifice for His sins too, and also being the Lamb, He laid His own life down. No one has the power to take His life.
He is in charge of His life, and He has the power to lay it down and take it up again as He pleases. So Jesus as the Perfect High Priest, laid down His life for us and Himself as the Lamb to be the sin offering (John 10:17-18, John 1:29, 35-36, 1 Peter 1:18-21, Revelation 5:6-14).
The wages of sin is death, so Jesus had to die because death is the penalty for sin, and without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. So Jesus paid with His blood for our sins (and His) to obtain the free gift of God for us, which is Eternal Life (Romans 6:23, Hebrews 9:22).
Jesus paid for the sins of the world including His sins, that’s why when He was raised from the dead, He became the firstborn unto Eternal Life! So He experienced Eternal Life first before us who now believe in Him (Romans 8:29-30).
But the Ministry of Jesus didn’t end at the cross, it still continues at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34). He is a High Priest FOREVER! He’s always interceding on our behalf as our Advocate…our ONLY Advocate with the Father (1 Timothy 2:5, 1 John 2:1).
And we know the Father ALWAYS hears the Son! (John 11:41-42). That is why the Sacrifice of Christ ONCE FOR ALL TIME for our sins (and His sins) was pleasing and acceptable to God (Hebrews 10:10).
And all who come to God through FAITH in Christ shall be saved to the UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25). In Christ, we have forgiveness for ALL our sins! (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 12:24). God isn’t keeping record of our sins because the PERFECT SACRIFICE of Jesus Christ CONSTANTLY washes off our sins FOREVER because Jesus is our High Priest FOREVER pleading on our behalf FOREVER! (2 Corinthians 5:19, Hebrews 7:28, 1 John 2:1).
So in Christ, we have Eternal Salvation, and He has given us a New Life (2 Corinthians 5:17), the very life of God, which is Eternal Life that is at work in us, making us live righteously even as we are righteous by Grace through faith in Christ, not our works or effort (Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:11-12).
Because of our faith in Christ, Grace has been made available to empower us, giving us EVERYTHING we need to exercise ourselves unto godliness (2 Peter 1:3-9). So no believer in Christ is going to hell. Jesus paid for His sins to be our Advocate, our High Priest FOREVER, and He also paid for our sins for us to have Eternal Life, so we’ll be saved FOREVER.
If Jesus can NEVER stop being our Advocate, then we who put our faith in Christ can NEVER lose our right standing with God. We can NEVER be condemned. We can NEVER lose our Salvation. God can NEVER stop loving us! He is more than able to keep us from falling away (Romans 8:1, 38-39, Jude 1:24).
The Father is always pleased with the Son, Jesus Christ. That’s why no one can ever please God without believing in Christ by faith (Matthew 17:2-5, Luke 3:22, Hebrews 6:11, 2 Peter 1:17). No one who puts their faith in Christ shall be lost. This is because God is FOREVER pleased with the Believer in Christ, because He is FOREVER pleased with Christ!