Hebrews 10:1,2 – For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshippers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.”
The Word tells us that the sacrifices and the blood of bulls and goats under the old covenant were imperfect and therefore left a reminder of sins although they were offered year after year. The worshipper was still left with a sense of sin or a consciousness of sin. However, through the perfect sacrifice of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the worshipper can be completely cleansed of sin and the consciousness of sin is removed.
The Bible tells us that only an imperfect sacrifice would leave the worshipper with a consciousness of sin. A perfect sacrifice – that of Jesus Christ will both cleanse all sin and remove the consciousness of sin. In fact, a few verses below, we read that by his sacrifice, Jesus has perfected us forever.
With this truth in mind, is it not a travesty that Christians live with such a consciousness of sin? Are we not silently proclaiming that Christ’s blood is not enough to cleanse us from sin? Is’nt that counting the blood of Jesus a common thing (vs 29)?
While it is true that there is not one who is without sin, it is equally true that the blood of Jesus cleanses us from ALL sin. Not only are we cleansed from all sin, the sinful nature, old man, body of sin has been removed and we have received a new nature, the divine nature. I firmly believe that as Christians. we need to come to the place where we receive forgiveness of sin as well as a removal of the consciousness of sin. Until this happens, we will be of all men, most to be pitied.
Once the consciousness of sin has been removed, we need to enter into the –
1. Consciousness of righteousness – We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ. We have been made holy and perfect through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the blood that He shed on the cross. While it is true that we are being transformed into Christ’s image and that we are being sanctified while on earth, it is equally true that we have been made righteous – as righteous as Christ Himself. May God enable us to live each moment conscious of His righteousness in us.
2. Consciousness of Christ’s presence in us – 2 Corinthians 13:5 says – “Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” Paul speaks of God revealing Jesus Christ IN him (Galatians 1:15). He speaks of this fact of Christ in us as God’s great mystery that has now been revealed (Colossians 1: 26,27). Not only is Christ living in us, we are in Him. He is mine and I am His. I possess Christ and Christ possesses me. A blessed life is one that is lived in the consciousness of Christ’s presence in us, a consciousness of His glory and power in us. A consciousness that Jesus and I have been made one in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17), that He possesses my spirit, soul and every cell in my body, a consciousness of dominion. John Lake speaks of “Man in God and God in man – one mind, one purpose, one power, one glory. The unifying of the nature of man and God is the crowning achievement of Jesus.”
You will notice that Jesus Christ freed us from our sins by His blood and made us kings and priests to God (Revelation 1: 5,6). He redeemed us to God by his blood and made us kings and priests to God (Revelation 5:9,10). These two verses show us that one purpose of our being freed and redeemed and cleansed is that we might rule on earth. Chapter 5,verse 10 in the NLT says that as a result of being made kings and priests, we are reigning on earth. Romans 5:17 says that as a result of receiving grace and the gift of righteousness, we can reign in life through Jesus Christ. Jesus was restoring us to a place of dominion.
“It is this spirit of dominion when restored to the church of Christ, that will bring again the glory triumph to the church of God throughout the world and lift her to the place, where, instead of being the obedient servant of the world, the flesh and the devil, she will become the divine instrument of salvation in healing the sick, in the casting out of devils and in the carrying out of the whole program of Jesus ministry, as the early church did – John G Lake.”