Beloved, salvation is clearly a question of “do” or “done.” A large majority of religious clergymen say that you must do, do, do, do, to be saved. But God’s Word says that “it” is already done, and let God be true and every man a liar. Hebrews chapter 10 has a good deal to say about this truth:
“And every priest [the Old Testament priests] standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;
“From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.
“For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Heb. 10:11-14).
The tabernacle and the temple had pieces of furniture—a table of shewbread, a golden altar, a golden candlestick, and the Ark of the Covenant. There was no chair for the priest to rest upon. “Every priest standeth daily ministering and offering, oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin.” Why? Because his work was never done.
My beloved friend, you can be as religious as you please every day of your life, and you can work as hard as you please, but you will never, never finish your task of saving yourself. It was Christ alone who finished the work of salvation for man. It was the Creator who died for the creature’s sin.
As He yielded up His spirit to His Father, He cried out that great word “FINISHED.” It is done! (John 19:30).
“Every priest standeth daily… But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God… For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified” (Heb. 10:11-14).
To the Reader:
Some of our Two Minutes articles were written many years ago by Pastor C. R. Stam for publication in newspapers. When many of these articles were later compiled in book form, Pastor Stam wrote this word of explanation in the Preface:
"It should be borne in mind that the newspaper column, Two Minutes With the Bible, has now been published for many years, so that local, national and international events are discussed as if they occurred only recently. Rather than rewrite or date such articles, we have left them just as they were when first published. This, we felt, would add to the interest, especially since our readers understand that they first appeared as newspaper articles."
To this we would add that the same is true for the articles written by others that we continue to add, on a regular basis, to the Two Minutes library. We hope that you'll agree that while some of the references in these articles are dated, the spiritual truths taught therein are timeless.