The Apostle Paul asks, “Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?”
As a born-again, Spirit filled, believer in Jesus Christ do I sin everyday? Or better yet do I have to? According to the scriptures we have been crucified, buried and raised again in Christ to walk in newness of life. If this is true, and it is, why all the sin-consciousness?
The Old Covenant was filled with reminders of sin, but God promised to do a new thing. The gifts and sacrifices of bulls, goats, and the ashes of a heifer couldn’t make the worshiper perfect in conscience. In other words it did nothing to remove the consciousness of sins. In fact it was meant as a reminder of sins whereas Christ’s sacrifice removed them. The Law, put in place by God mind you, was good and holy but it could not do the job Christ would do. If it could then the offerings would have ceased rather than be repeated year after year because the worshiper would no longer have had consciousness of sins. So, it’s safe to say God wanted to remove, not only our sins but even the consciousness of them.
Therefore when you have the outlook that “I sin all the time”, even though you have been cleansed through the blood of Christ, what is that saying about our confidence in God? The Bible tells us to “come boldly to the throne of grace”, and “draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” What a difference Jesus Christ makes!
What shall we say then? If God is for us who can be against us?
Written by Louie