“For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins” (Hebr. 10:1-2).
What are you aware of most in your daily life – your sins and shortcomings, or your righteousness in Christ Jesus?
I wish all Christians would answer that they are more aware of their righteousness in Christ, but far too many are struggling with sin consciousness, and the reason for that is that we often have mixed outdated truths from the old covenant with current truths from the new covenant.
When the writer of Hebrews compared the animal sacrifices of the old covenant with the death of Jesus at the cross, the one and only sacrifice for sin in the new covenant, he explained the following:
The blood of goats and bulls could only accomplish a temporary release from sin. But the blood of Jesus accomplished an eternal redemption.
The blood of goats and bulls could only temporary cover up man’s sin. But by the shedding of the blood of Jesus sin has been put away once and for all.
The sacrifice of goats and bulls had faults and because of that people were constantly reminded of their sins. But the sacrifice of the blood of Jesus was perfect and because of that we are now to live with “no consciousness of sin”.
Think about this: “No consciousness of sins”! Is this a reality in your life?
Let’s go back to the days of Adam and Eve before the fall. God’s original plan was that man should not have any knowledge of good and evil, right or wrong. God wanted Adam and Eve to live totally without consciousness of sin in a relationship with God based only on His unconditional love for them, instead of based on knowledge of good and evil. Before Adam and Eve had eaten from the tree with knowledge of good and evil they lived a life of freedom before God, without any thought of guilt or shame. This was the original plan of God and this is possible for us today because of the finished work of Jesus!
At the cross, Jesus absorbed in His body all the sins of the world, past, present and future (Hebr. 9:26), and because of that we can live a life without consciousness of sins today!