Let’s not insult our God, Jesus, the Spirit of Grace, by thinking that our apology is some form of sacrifice for our sins.
There no longer remains a sacrifice for sin; Jesus did it ALL and the sin issue is over.
Why would you ASK Him for forgiveness, when He’s already GIVEN it to you?
“For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins . . . How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of Grace?” (Hebrews 10:26 & 29)
Wow! Huh? It’s THAT big of a deal to our God. The sin issue is OVER. Let’s move forward and move into a life of faith, and trust, and rest. Leave the sin issue behind you forever, where it belongs, at the foot of the Cross.
When you sin, do you ever stop and think about it — in the moment — and ask yourself questions like, “Is this sin?” Or, “Should I feel ashamed right now?” Or perhaps, . . . “Am I breaking some rule here!!!!?”
Yes? No? No . . . you are not a rules-oriented Pharisee like me!?
Well, even though I still sometimes ask myself such questions, it really doesn’t affect me too much, because I do not ever feel ashamed. I am 100% secure in His acceptance of me.
I read this verse the other day (copied below) and it really struck me; it says the sacrifices offered under the Old Covenant could not take away the consciousness of sin from the people.
Hebrews 10:2, “Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins.”
What struck me is that, this implies that in the New Covenant, His resurrected life in us HAS taken away the consciousness of sin!
Christ died for ALL of our sins. He nailed them ALL to the cross. He brought an end to the Law of Moses, and he brought an end to the topic of sin. It is not an issue between us and God anymore!!
Even though we still sin every day, He sees us as saints. Being a completely forgiven person IS our identity in Christ.
This doesn’t make us desirous for a bunch of evil all of a sudden! No, the knowledge of the truth makes us fall in love with our God!! So we start walking with Him, walking in the Spirit. And as He guides us, Our God will never lead us to commit evil, to hurt other people or Himself. We can TRUST His guidance, that He will always lead us to love others.
So, we live our life trusting Him, not walking around being conscience of our sins and thinking to ourselves “I can sin and it doesn’t matter.” Or, “I don’t sin anymore because I don’t want to.” Neither one of those is exactly right. We still sin, sometimes we want to, but the sin issue is OVER so we just do not have consciousness of it anymore.
We no longer have a guilty conscience. We have a clean conscience thanks to Jesus, even in the midst of our sinfulness!!
My daughter once said this to me, “There is nothing special about God loving me, because He loves everyone.”
The thing is, however, that is a falsehood. It is not true that He loves everyone, because love is a verb. Therefore, He can only technically “love” (give His love to) those who have said yes to Him.
So when someone actually believes the good news and receives the salvation that He has spent thousands of years preparing . . . It is so thrilling to Him, that He and all of the angels rejoice over you!!! They throw a party!
And once you have accepted the free gift of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, then our God is absolutely delighted in you. He delights in you — He loves you — because you have trusted Him. Your faith is so pleasing to Him. He could not be any happier with you; you are perfect in His eyes because of your faith.
He is a God of deep emotion, and He is madly in love with you, if you have believed in the Gospel and received His Holy Spirit inside of you; we could almost say that He is infatuated with you.
Your belief in the Gospel pleases Him so much because it proves to Him that you have chosen Him, and no longer reject Him. Sadly, our Heavenly Father is quite familiar with rejection. He knows what it feels like to have His heart broken.
But we are not among those who have broken Him heart. Especially those of us who rest in His finished work on the Cross. We who have been set free from religion, are especially pleasing to Him because, now that we have entered the new covenant, we can grow to know Him and He can know us too, and that’s really all He cares about:
a close, personal, intimate Relationship with you!!!
The Good News is so good!!! Let’s smile, and laugh and rejoice with Him today!