In Hebrews 9 and 10 we read how Jesus Christ and his death, burial and resurrection is greater than the Old Covenant priesthood and Temple service. In fact Hebrews tells us we can actually live life free of the consciousness of sins! What are you saying Louie? Do you mean I don’t have to keep track of all of my sins and do penance?
Look at Hebrews 10:1-4. We discover that the Law was only a shadow of the good things to come and were not the thing itself. Sacrifices which were offered year after year could never make the worshiper perfect or at some point they would have ended and the worshiper would have no longer had consciousness of sins. You see the goal of the Old Covenant sacrificial system was to remind them of their sins not remove them. The blood of animals could never take away sins, nor were they meant to. They were given as an illustration and preview of the real sacrifice that was to come which was Jesus, the Lamb of God, who “takes away” the sin of the world.
The problem most seem to have is they haven’t made a clean break from the Old Covenant and embraced the New. There is absolutely no help for us in the Old Covenant other than seeing how it points to Christ. As a believer in Jesus Christ I am believing by faith what the New Covenant is all about. The Old Covenant, according to 2 Corinthians 3, was a ministry of condemnation and death written on tablets of stone. In the New Covenant we have life and peace by the Spirit, not on stone, but in our hearts. Besides if you’re a Gentile you were never invited to be in the Old Covenant. Ephesians 2 tells us “you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded form the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” That’s a pretty awful picture of we Gentiles before we were placed into Christ. Thankfully now we have been brought near by the blood of Christ and all that are in him are one, Jew and Gentile alike. Now let’s look a little closer at this sin-free consciousness.
When it comes to a cleansed consciousness we have to simply believe that Jesus Christ and him crucified is enough. There is not going to be another sacrificial system or sacrifice ever again. What Jesus Christ has done is a once for all deal. You see the Old Covenant priests could never sit down because their duties were never fulfilled. “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God…” This is the significance of Jesus saying, “It is finished”. He had done all that he came to do; now it is simply up to us to receive his finished work by faith. “For by one offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”
Living with a consciousness free of sin doesn’t mean we will never commit a sin it simply means I don’t have to walk around fearfully searching within to see if I have sinned. I learn to trust that if there is sin the Spirit of God in me will show me and we will deal with it accordingly. Until that happens I live in the freedom that was gained through the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
We are instructed to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”. So we live a life of Christ consciousness rather than sin consciousness, and as we keep our thoughts on him we will soon discover less and less time dedicated to sin management. What do you say we just agree with God and believe he has removed our sins and sanctified us in Christ? He has taken away the first Covenant in order to establish the second.