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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Remission and no more guilt, shame, unclean past

Heb 10:2  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Heb 10:12  But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool.
Heb 10:14  For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that He had said before,
Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
Heb 10:21  And having an High Priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

The whole object of redemption is to have no more old sins nagging our conscience. This is the reason religion exists all over the world. Of course, there is the wrong way to go about having a clear conscience. But regardless, a tormenting conscience keeps the world from doing what its fallen nature really wants to do. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal. 5:17).

It’s the Spirit of God that keeps the conscience sensitive to disobedience. Through it Christ wrestles with us, for us to hopefully concede the war to God. When we fall on the Stone and our self-will breaks, we are the calmest, happiest people on the planet. But until then, they are the unhappiest who have a healthy, lively conscience.

However, there are some who have seared their conscience. They don’t have the problem with the conscience that others have.

“For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.” (Ps. 73:3-9).

How did they get a dead conscience? It’s a long and painstaking effort, but I believe it takes constant cutting off the convictions of God’s Spirit.

First, they avoid the truth. That way they can’t be reminded of their wrong course. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” (Jn. 3:20).

But, that’s not enough because God has left abundant evidence of His presence and desires throughout nature, including in the heavens.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. ” (Ps. 19:1-4).

There is no escaping the knowledge of God. Then, He also sends His spokesmen. How could they ever forget, being so surrounded? That’s the second way of avoiding the truth. They live in cities and kill the messengers God sends.

“Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.” (Lk. 11:49-51).

So, they have it easy in this life because Satan rewards them well for serving him. Yet, though “there are no bands in their death”, “their strength is firm”, and “they are not in trouble as other men”, still “the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.” (Ps. 9:18).

The poor in spirit have the correct way for a happy, peaceful conscience…. Come to the stone hard Law of God, especially the living Stone hard Law of God, Jesus.

“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30).

“Whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken.” (Matt. 21:44).

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” (Isa.1:18,19).

There is no other cure for the evil conscience than standing before the Law of Christ and being convicted of sin. Once convicted of sin from the Law of Christ and it making us willing to surrender to its requirements, our natural response will be to need a Savior from sin. When we have fallen on the Stone of Christ in repentant sorrow for sin, He sends His Holy Spirit of comfort. Then, with that palpable presence in the heart and mind, we have no longer the need to seek for forgiveness because we have no more conscience for sins. That means there is no more offering of Christ’s blood for our sins as the promise above says.

We are reconciled to God’s Law. Our hearts are new again. Life is new again. We have peace with God through Jesus. “The Spirit of His Son” (Gal. 4:6) enables us to cry, “Abba” to the Father, His Father and, now, our Father. We are reunited with God, our sleep is sweet, and He gives us power to do what no one else can do. Are hearts and minds are free again to live and be in health. We aren’t dying or existing in a living death. We have certainty of acceptance with God and His Law finds a natural place in our heart.

Our evil conscience is sprinkled with the Spirit of Christ and our bodies are being washed with pure water. This is a reference to the cleansing of the unclean person by the ashes of the red heifer mixed in flowing water.

“And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:
And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:
And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.” (Num. 19:17-19).

Today, the unclean, the miserable, the shamed, the guilt-ridden, may come to the Law and then into the arms of the softer Stone, and receive His pardon for sin.

“Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
And having an High Priest over the house of God;
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Heb. 10:18-22).

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling.” (1Tim. 1:5,6).

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