The average Christian you meet seems to be preoccupied with sin rather than Christ. My question is “is that what God is after?” I don’t think so. Reading in Hebrews 8 you discover God’s plan for a New Covenant. In the New Covenant it says, “I will remember their sins no more.” Now that in itself is pretty amazing don’t you think? But let’s look a bit further.
In Chapter nine of Hebrews we see the gifts and sacrifices of the Old Covenant “cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience…” In other words they can’t take away the consciousness of sins. “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” You see the earthly Tabernacle was a copy, so Moses used animal blood but the real, actual Tabernacle in Heaven required the perfect, spotless man Jesus’ blood. According to Hebrews ten, while the animal blood couldn’t cleanse us and actually served as a reminder of sins, Jesus’ blood not only takes away the sins it actually removes the consciousness of sins in the worshiper.
The good news of this New Covenant is what gives us the freedom and confidence to approach the throne of grace in our time of need. “Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us 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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful…”
So while most of Christendom struggles to calculate and manage their sins, why don’t we focus on Christ instead? The Apostle Paul told us he wasn’t into self examination. In 1 Corinthians four he said, “To me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts…”
If a christian sins God will reveal it to you, and according to 1 John we have an “advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…” Our role, as a christian, is to be Christ conscious, not sin-conscious. If we keep our thoughts on things above, we can trust the Holy Spirit to direct us away from sin.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen!” (Jude 1:24-25)