According to Hebrews 10, the Old Covenant of animal sacrifices could NOT make the worshiper perfect. In fact, the animal sacrifices only served as a reminder of sins. If animal blood took away sins there would have been no need for Jesus to die.
The Good News is God has initiated a brand new way! The New Covenant is in Jesus’ blood and will not only bring forgiveness of sins but it will also cleanse your consciousness of sin (Hebrews 9:9 & 14).
God didn’t find fault with the Old Covenant rather the fault was in the worshipers inability to perform up to its perfect standard. Therefore God has given the New Covenant. In it we are told God Himself says, “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.”
In Ezekiel 36:26-27 God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”
The Apostle Paul put it this way, behold “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man “PERFECT” in Christ (Colossians 1:26-28).”
Notice the goal is to “present every man “PERFECT” in Christ! Christ in you is the hope of glory! He in you has been God’s plan all along. He gave the first Covenant with no thoughts that it could “PERFECT” His people. In fact, it seems it was always and only a means to an end and not the end in itself. It was a prerequisite to condition and prepare Israel for its Messiah.
Once we see that Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension is enough, there is no need to look for anything else to finish the job of PERFECTING the worshiper.
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)
This is absolutely one of the best teachings on what the New Covenant is all about. I promise you will receive here.