Traditions Of Men Part 32

Religious tradition imprisons people in a sin consciousness focused on self effort. This is an Old Covenant mentality that Jesus came to set us free from.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1

A consciousness of sin will lack faith in God’s willingness to work in our lives. It believes that God has to deal with sin individually. My goal beginning in this post is to show you that God has already dealt with all of your sins before you were born.

God is not holding back and dealing with us according to our sin. This is directly opposite of what religion teaches today but it is Biblical.

Let’s begin in the book of Hebrews. This book was given to show the superiority of Jesus’ work to the Old Testament Law. The two are not compatible but many are trying to live in both.

1For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Hebrews 7:18-19

The Old Testament has been replaced by the New. There are things we can learn from it but we are not called to live under its restrictive rules and regulations.

We live under a New Covenant that is centered around the forgiveness of sin. People’s sins were not forgiven in the Old Covenant so this is a definite difference. Sin was covered. This can be compared to paying for something on credit.

Jesus had not died for mankind’s sin. People could only have a relationship with God by looking forward to their future atonement in Christ.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:13-14

Old Testament sacrifices could not forgive sin. They were only types, shadows, and pictures of the future redemption found in Jesus’ crucifixion.

Jesus is the lamb that shed His bled for the sins of the whole world. His sacrifice was sufficient for all time and no further sacrifices will ever be needed!

Our sins are paid for. It is not necessary to reapply the blood every time we sin today. The one offering of Jesus totally cleansed us from every sin we have committed, are committing, and will commit.

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Hebrews 9:11-1

These verses tell us that Jesus entered in once and obtained eternal redemption for us.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:14

The forgiveness of sin was accomplished once. Jesus has provided forgiveness for all sin for all time!

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