Can Christ really remove sin-consciousness? According to Hebrews 9&10, He can. In fact the Old Covenant sacrifices of the blood of bulls and goats actually were reminders of sins committed not a solution. Year after year worshipers had to go to the Temple and give a sacrifice. We know those sacrifices couldn’t perfect the worshiper, or take away the consciousness of sin, because if they could they would have stopped wouldn’t they? The good news is the one time sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood does in fact perfect the worshiper (Hebrews 10:14).
As I began to really look at these verses in Hebrews it lead me to look up the word “conscience” in the Strong’s concordance to see if I could gain any insight. I was astounded, as usual at what I found. The word “conscience” as found throughout the New Covenant is always defined the same way. The Greek word is–(4893 suneidesis) defined: “co-perception, i.e. moral consciousness.” Then I looked into the root word–(4894 suneido) which means: “to see completely, understand or become aware, and to be conscious or informed of…be ware of.” Taking a look even deeper still, I discovered yet another root word–(4862 sun) which is defined: “denoting union, with or together i.e….including completeness.”
These definitions seemed to leap off the page at me. I began to think about how the Old Covenant and its sacrifices were a reminder of sins year after year. Naturally being “sun”, or in union with It, guarantees a sin-consciousness. Just as Paul told us in Romans 7 “Sin taking opportunity afforded by the commandment deceived me.” In other words, “Mr. Sin”, and his sin-consciousness, used to take advantage of the worshiper in the Old Covenant because those sacrifices couldn’t do anything to remove it in the first place. The blood of bulls and goats and ashes of a heifer could never take away a sin consciousness because it didn’t have the power to break our union with “Mr. Sin.” Jesus and His sacrifice, on the other hand, does have the power to break our union with the “spirit of error” and cleanse our conscience too.
So while we all have a conscience the question is what exactly are we conscious of? Are we living according to the “prince of the power of the air”, “the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”? Or are we living in union with the Holy Spirit who sets us free from sin and cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
“We have the mind of Christ” and in Hebrews 10:17 we read, “Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more.” You see God’s promise in the New Covenant is to “put His laws into our minds and write them in our hearts.” Once we receive Christ, and His once and for all sacrifice for sin, let His mind be in us and live according to His consciousness, we are set free from the accuser of the brethren. From now on we don’t have to listen to nagging reminders of past sins and his attempts to immobilize us with things even God himself chooses not to remember.