The consciousness of sin

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1Kings 17:18:  And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!”

The blood of Jesus purges us from the consciousness of sin (Hebrews 9:14); it takes sin out of the picture in our relationship with God.

In the Old Testament, the many sacrifices made served to constantly bring to mind the sinful nature of man vis-a-vis the holiness of God, and how real relationship with God because of his holiness was not possible, how man can only relate with God afar off, fostering a fear-attitude and not a love attitude.

The flow of blood from the numerous sacrifices made in the temple daily, were stark reminders of the people’s unworthiness, a constant reminder that they cannot be good enough for God, and are not fully accepted by him.

But with the sacrifice of Jesus, there was a change. With his one-time sacrifice (Hebrews 7:25-27, 9:11-14, 10:1-22), he dealt with the issue of sin once and for all. We can now focus away from sin and on our relationship with God, on life in the spirit, on being restored to our lost place, power and position.

Sin is evil, it is rebellion against God, it is a rejection of the word of God, and it led to the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. But the shedding of the blood of Jesus reversed man’s loss permanently as long as we remain in faith, because for his sacrifice to be applied to our life, we need to come to Him by faith.

It was fear which led man to sin in the first instance, driving a wedge between man and God (Genesis 3). So what fear put asunder faith brings together. As argued by the devil, Eve was afraid that God did not have her family’s best interest at heart; Adam was afraid of his wife rejection and followed her lead to eat the forbidden fruit.

Since Christ has comprehensively dealt with sin, death is stripped of its power which was based on sin and we were free from its hold, free indeed on the account of Jesus Christ.

The bible says there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-2); there is no reminder of past sins (buried in the sea of forgetfulness). These are the people who are empowered to walk after the spirit, and not after the flesh. We cannot deal with sin on our own; we have to embrace the solution God himself has provided through the sacrifice of his Son.

When man was led away from the Garden of Eden, he walked into a permanent state of feeling condemned, his reality became defined by his sin. Everywhere he looked after he left the Garden of Eden reminded him of his sin, his struggle reminded of his sin; he was full of sin-consciousness.

He was fully consciousness of sin, but after the crucifixion of Jesus for our sin (the bible said Jesus condemned sin in the flesh [he dissolved it]) we have our minds fixed not on our sins but on the forgiveness we have received in Jesus Christ.

Jesus was bold to say: I am the way, no one comes to the father except by me (John 14:6); no one can deal with the issue of sin except though the way, the truth and the life of Jesus.

Way

Jesus is the way out of sin-consciousness; he changes us on the inside that we might serve with his own righteousness (Luke 1:74-75). He modelled relationship with God to us; wherever he leads we can go without regrets. He told Peter: follow me and I will make you a fisher of men (Mark 1:16-17). We cannot be the best in God, go in the direction and with the speed he wants to go if we are still full of sin-consciousness, since sin-consciousness and God-consciousness are mutually exclusive.  Our spiritual identity in Christ starts with the fact that we have been watched with the blood of Jesus. We have made new, justified, declared innocent of any wrong-doing whatsoever, we now stand in the stead of Christ before God, since we are in him.

Truth

Though many people have entered the way, have become Christians, they do not know the truth about the work of Jesus for them. That was the main purpose of the letters of Paul to the church, to help the people, though now Christians, to recognise the extent of the work of Christ.

We cannot act beyond what we know. Thus Jesus said that coming to him will help us to know the truth, which will free us from practising sin, which is partly caused by sin-consciousness, because if sin is not in your mind, it will not be in your life.

That was why Paul said that when he knew the law which says thou shall not, it activates the sin the law prohibits in him, so that he became slave to it, even though he wished he could do better. Freedom comes through Jesus Christ, as it is written: there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because we have been set free from sin consciousness to spirit consciousness.

In Romans chapter 6, Paul started some sentences with the phrase: “know ye not..” to impress on the people that though they were not there when Jesus died, he not only died for them but they died in him, they died to the law and to sin in him. He wanted them to know the truth, so that they will see sin as a none-issue for them in Christ Jesus, and life in him starts and ends in faith in the word of truth.

It is the truth that because we were in Christ when he died, we were also worked on by the Holy Spirit in his resurrection who raised us up into a new life in Christ into eternal life; we were made a holy nation, a royal priesthood. In Christ there is forgiveness of sin, so that we don’t have to go along our days thinking we were still separated from God after the sacrifice of Jesus which was meant to remove the sin that separated us from God. We need to know that we don’t have to carry the burden of sin again, since Jesus carried it on the cross.

Life

Beyond the way and the truth of being freed from the consciousness of sin, there is the real nitty-gritty of living day to day in that reality. Jesus said come to me all you who labour and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). In a way we need to always come to him daily for the reality of his rest from sin-consciousness to be real in our lives.

There is the peace in your heart when you agree that truly you are complete in him (Christ) who is the head of all principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:10-12).

We should not go on the path of life, oppressed by memories of past wrong doings, not bold to make advancement in Christ, confused about the truth of Christ because of situational pressures, which can becloud our vision of him on the cross and how that means freedom from the consciousness of sin, as Jesus said: “It is finished (John 19:30).”

We have to daily choose to look to Jesus, fixated on the gift of righteousness we have in Him (2Corinthians 5:21). We should remind ourselves daily that it is about faith, not what we remember, not emotions, but faith that God loves you enough to die for you even when you were as rotten as can be (Romans 5:8), and now you are on a mission of righteousness for him.

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