There are those who find it difficult to believe the sins we have yet to commit are forgiven. They argue that these sins must be confessed to be forgiven.
The problem with such thinking is that they think Jesus’ sacrifice was offered within time and space on earth.
11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man- made, that is to say, NOT a part of THIS creation.
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained ETERNAL redemption.
13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the ETERNAL Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised ETERNAL inheritance –now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
The truth is that the offering of Jesus was not made within time and space. It was made in a place outside time. It was not normal blood but eternal blood. Offered through the Eternal Spirit to an Eternal Heaven securing Eternal Inheritance.
Many people view eternity as ‘forever’. It is not just that. It also means it is outside time. Remember Jesus existed as the Word outside and entered time and became the Son.
Before that he was the lamb slain before the foundations of the earth. On the cross eternity and time merged in the man who was in time and the God who was out of time. Jesus was divine and human. In him both the eternal and the present dwelt in perfect harmony.
That is why God is able to place all the sins of the world past present and future in the body of Jesus. That is why you have Eternal Redemption and Eternal Inheritance.
What then is the problem?
Its called “the Fall”.
After Adam took the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God disallowed man to eat from the tree of life. I always thought God meant it as a punishment. Until I saw the word “take also”. Dear friends, it was not as if God did not allow Adam to take the fruit of that tree, He did not allow him to take ALSO. Mixture. You see dear friends, by now Adam has a complete warp idea of 3 things. The tree of knowledge of good and evil polluted his views of God, himself and his home.
God: While God is still loving and enjoying his fellowship, Adam now thinks of God as a demand, a judge, a prosecutor, a person who hates him.
His home: His home was paradise, not just Eden but the very garden of Eden. Yet he was in a place which reminded him of his failure, a place which he lost his glory, a place where an animal had dominion over him, a place of defeat, a place where his perfect beauty wife became in his eyes an object of blame, a place where he felt nothing but shame, and not even the presence of God could rescue him from. Sadly Adam became even more afraid, when God came nearer. The love of God to him became the consuming fire which further condemns him.
Himself: Adam now thought himself, a fugitive. A person who always wanted to pay. Pay for his mistake. He had to work. A person who thought God’s goodness had to be earned. Things are no longer free. He thought himself a debtor. No longer a viceroy, no longer a prince. He no longer saw himself, a workmanship of God but an object of God’s wrath.
So God had to banish him from his place, God had to satisfy Adam’s sense of justice. It was Adam who wanted to pay. Not God. Adam constantly would be looking as to how to pay. But he could never. He could never satisfy this debt he thought he owed. You see God did not send Jesus to satisfy His sense of justice. He gave His Son to satisfy Adam’s sense of justice. Adam’s sense of justice was to pay out of guilt. True forgiveness demands nothing. God freely gave His Son, the Bible says. Freely. He never expected anything back.
So you see. Sin is the father of all religions. It demands that you make payment. So God allowed man to have a religion, a system of law for man to “try to make right” his relationship with God. To render him a temporal solution to a problem he created for himself. Man thought by this manner, he could bring himself to God by “installment”. An annual subscription. That is the Law.
God however wants you to see that your sins have been paid for. Not for him. But for you. That you may see that your need for payment is paid in full. You don’t need to pay. Its’ been paid. In full! You don’t have to make restitution. Its the law that demands you pay annually: payment by credit card. In the case of the cross however, it has been cleared. Once. Once and for all. Now that it has been paid. There is only one thing left.
Unless you see the Man on the cross as yourself and His death as yours, you have only embraced yourself a religion. You must forgive yourself. You must see your need to punish yourself as punished. You must see that your guilt ends there.
That’s how you truly die to yourself. Once and for all. Then only you will live the resurrection life. You live by faith. Now believe.