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!!
Aaron Budjen has a really interesting take on Proverbs 20:27; the insight he reveals is unique, and as always with Aaron, his teaching points us directly to the heart of God; to a closer relationship with our Savior.
I’ve never heard any other Christian pastor teach the way Aaron does, and this is especially seen in his take on Proverbs 20:27 — you can listen to his teaching on this verse found here.
Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
His heart? Whose heart? In his radio broadcast (linked above), Aaron explains that “his heart” is referring to the heart of God. And that our born again spirit — “the spirit of a man” — has been created as a lamp that can shine light into the very heart of our living God. Our spirit is the part of us that is brand new, the part of us where our God resides, the part of us that was resurrected from the dead (we were spiritually dead in our sins and trespasses, and God has made us alive together with Christ; Eph 2:4-5).
Our God wants us to know Him and He has given us the ability to “search all the inner depths of His heart.” This verse in Proverbs shows us that this is the way that God intended for us to relate to Him. We relate to Him by growing to know Him. We grow to know Him as our spirit searches and reaches out for the depths of His heart.
We are encouraged in the Bible to grow to know our God. Think of the words of Peter telling us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Our goal as born again believers in God is to grow and mature in the knowledge of Him, Jesus our God.
When people look at me, they see my “outer man,” my flesh, my shell, my tent, my “jar of clay.” But the REAL me is on the inside, the “real me” is my spirit. To get to know my spirit would take some effort on your part, it would take some time, it would take patience. Most people don’t know the real me, and if you think about it, you will probably agree that the majority of people that you interact with do not intimately know the true, inner part of who you really are.
The same is with our God. He does want to be our best friend, and I can testify that He is my best friend. This has taken effort; this has taken time; this has taken patience. But as I have grown in grace, as I have come to understand all that I have been given in the New Covenant, in my inheritance in Christ . . . I have grown to know how gracious He is, I have grown to actually know the heart of Jesus Christ. I know Him better than I know anyone else. He truly is my closest and best friend.
This has been made possible because he has created my spirit to be like a lamp, like a light that can shine into the innermost parts of the depths of my God. He has revealed His goodness to me, and I can attest that He truly is the best thing that there is in this universe.
Please check out the audio message by Aaron that I linked above. I’ll share it again here. This is completely 100% possible: God CAN become your best friend.
Let me know your thoughts and if you can say with me that God is your best friend.