So what to do about this nagging “eating problem?” To ease our conscience, we often resolve to try harder next time. In trying to earn forgiveness, because at this point the Lord’s got to be really tired of us committing the same sin over and over again, we might even promise to never carry out sin “x” again. But this is a short dead-end street that leads to even less peace when we sin in the same way the next day (or the next hour). We run out of strength for any more resolutions, promises or options. In the end, exhausted from the futility, we fall to our knees in defeat relinquishing any hope of living up to God’s standard of holiness.
There is one little verse found in Hebrews 10, however, that I think can offer the hope we all need to keep going. It reads this way:
Where there is forgiveness of these [the sin and lawless deeds of verse 17], there is no longer any offering for sin. (Hebrews 10:18 ESV)
For the one who is in Christ—the true believer—there is forgiveness of sins. That forgiveness was obtained by the universe-shaking, transformational event we know as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The cross of Christ not only cancelled our sin debt, it also broke the power of sin in the life of the one saved by grace. And as Hebrews states “…there is no longer any offering for sin.” The Son of God does not have to be re-crucified every time we sin. In fact, it borders on heresy to entertain such a thought. Christ’s atonement for the believer is complete and continually overflows with all that is required to live a godly life here on earth.
AND there is no offering I can bring to God to earn His forgiveness for sin or purchase the help I need to overcome it. No promises. No resolutions. The cross of Jesus Christ is enough. It is enough.
The writer of Hebrews, 2 chapters later, tells us what we must do. He writes that the Christian is to fix his eyes on Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of our faith.” In essence, he is saying, “Stop looking to yourself! Stop fixating on your sin! There’s only one way to run the race and that’s to keep looking at the glory of Christ—who He is and what He has accomplished on the cross."
The apostle Paul, in writing about this intense gazing on the glory of our Lord, stated: "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another." (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)
The transformation and peace we all long for is found where the journey began—at the foot of the cross, where the Son of God gave His life as a ransom for many. Find your peace in Christ.