After clothing us with His own spotless garment of righteousness, God does not want us to be conscious of our sins anymore, like the people were under the Old Covenant.
Trying to live according to the requirements of the law will make us all too aware of just how poorly we measure up against it. The only way for a believer to have confidence when approaching God is to be absolutely convinced that all their sins have been forgiven! Anything less will always leave a trace of uncertainty about whether God really loves them or wants to bless them. God wants us to be conscious of our righteousness.
When we constantly tell God how sorry we are for this and that sin, we remind ourselves of how bad we think we are, forgetting that our sin was already forgiven at the cross more than 2000 years ago!
The writer of Hebrews wanted to instill in his readers this same confidence, showing them how the superiority of the New Covenant over the Old allows the believer to draw near to God with boldness, trusting not in their own level of obedience to the law, but in the blood of Christ.
Those who try to please God through their own efforts of law keeping are like the priests of the Old Covenant who constantly remained conscious of their mistakes, because no human being was or is ever able to perfectly execute the obligations of the law: For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. (Heb 10: 1-4, NKJV) But this Man [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Heb 10: 12-14 NKJV, annotations added) Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a 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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. (Heb 10: 19-23 NKJV)
Being Aware of Who We ARE Which of the following attitudes would Christ rather want us to walk around with: Feeling condemned, unworthy and guilty, begging and crawling on our knees before Him, constantly pleading for mercy? While at the same time having no confidence whatsoever to approach Him because we feel we are sinners? Or would God rather want us to be conscious of the fact that we have been completely forgiven of all sins (past present and future), fully accepted and loved by Him, how we have been justified and made righteous and given authority over sickness, poverty and all other enemies of God? We have even been seated in heavenly places with Christ! …and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2: 6 NKJV) Now how can a believer who sits in heaven still think that they are a sinner? This can only happen when we try to relate to God on the basis of how well we have performed, forgetting that this is not the way that He relates to us. God is a Spirit and He relates Spirit to Spirit. And since the Spirit of a believer has been sanctified, perfected, purified and justified, this is the way that God sees us.
In Matthew 3 we see Jesus being baptized in the river Jordan. This was before He had done any miracles, before He began His ministry and before He had healed even a single person.
After He was baptized the heavens opened, the Holy Spirit came down onto Him like a dove and the Father said “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
What makes this so remarkable is the fact that Jesus was accepted and loved by God before He even did one miracle or began His ministry. Why then did God love Him already? Because Jesus was God’s Son – simple as that. By the way it isn’t written anywhere that the heavens ever closed again or that the Holy Spirit ever “lifted” off Him again.
Now the Bible tells us over and over that because of our faith in Christ, we are God’s children too. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom 8: 16 NKJV)
In fact we are even called God’s SONS, just like Jesus: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty”. (2 Cor 6: 18 NKJV)
Now if God loved Jesus at that stage, regardless of the fact that He hadn’t done any miracles, didn’t have a ministry or hadn’t even preached a sermon yet, wouldn’t God, because He is the same forever, love us in the same way?
We can therefore, whether we feel like He loves us or not, whether we think we’ve committed the worst sin or whether we feel like we’ve been wasting our lives with insignificant activities, trust that God rejoices over us simply because of our identity:
We are His beloved children, bought with the most precious commodity in the universe:
The blood of Christ: …knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Pet 1: 18-19 NKJV) God is pleased with us, whether we do miracles or have a ministry, OR NOT.