“For the Law…can never…make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they (law-ordained sacrifices) not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness (awareness) of sins? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder (bringing back to awareness) of sins year by year. (Hebrews 10:1-3)
“…through death He (Jesus) might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death (judgment) were subject to slavery all their lives. (Hebrews 2:14-15).
Law was always intended as a temporary measure until Christ came. Law and sin go hand-in-hand. Look at these quotes from the Bible:
- …through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
- …apart from the Law sin is dead.
- …the power of sin is the law…
- …sin is not imputed when there is no law.
I believe that what dominates our awareness, controls us and is, in a sense, our “master.” If sin is what you are constantly aware of, then sin is your master, no matter if this awareness takes the form of a nagging regret of past sin, fear of future sin, drive to avoid sin, desire to indulge in sin, or whatever else. Until Christ came, law and sin were the master of God’s people, dominating their awareness due to fear of judgment. In fact, the ONLY thing law can give is demands and punishments. Fearing punishment and avoiding sin is a servant’s mentality. Pursuing God’s kingdom and walking with Him in love’s freedom is the mentality of a son or daughter. As long as law remained in place, men would never be able to relate to God like a true son, without the pretense and fear that come from a law-based relationship that lacks love and intimacy.
Therefore, as Hebrews 10 indicates, an essential purpose of Jesus’ ministry and shed blood was to take away sin-awareness, which is founded on law, and thus cancel our bondage to sin’s rule over us. Adam, the physical ancestor of all men, sinned and thus sin spread to all his offspring. In the same way, Jesus, as the spiritual ancestor of a new spiritual race of people, fulfilled the law, freeing all his offspring from law and sin. He also offered a once-for-all sacrifice of divine blood, far superior to that of animals. Because of this, as members of Jesus’ spiritual body, we can focus on God’s kingdom, not on our behavior or our final destination. Sin shall not have rule over our awareness or our bodies, because we’re not under law, but under grace (God’s empowering). By Jesus’ once-for-all offering of himself, all believers have been sanctified (Hebrews 10:10) and perfected forever (10:14). Believe this and move out of the holding pen of sin-awareness and behavior management. Life consists of what you are aware of. Be aware of God and His kingdom, not sin. Amen.
More to come : ) God bless you.