Daily Rhema is a teaching ministry for Christians, centered on the finished work of Christ. It posts inspiring teachings and testimonies on weekdays. These short and systematic messages are suitable for personal devotion or Bible Study.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

12.7 Sin-consciousness prevents us from entering God’s presence

Sin-consciousness in the Church peaked during the dark ages of Church history when the Church lost the revelation of Jesus the Lamb of God. People tried to approach God by the law through self-effort. They even tried to purchase their forgiveness with money through indulgences. During the Reformation led by Martin Luther, the Lord restored the revelation that the righteous shall live by faith in Christ.

Today, sin-consciousness is still prevalent because many people have unknowingly placed the law and self-performance as the key to the Christian walk instead of the grace of Christ. The law which gives the knowledge of sin is the cause of sin-consciousness (Rom 3:20).

In order to be righteousness-conscious, we should always declare that “we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” at all times; especially when we enter into worship. There is no need to deliberately enter into a sin-search followed by confession of sins. They are all covered by the grace of Jesus and your sins are not imputed to you (Rom 4:6, 8). It was imputed to Jesus on the cross. Your righteousness is based on Jesus’ performance. Eph 1:6 says that God has made us accepted in the Beloved (Christ).

Heb 10:2 says, “For the worshipers, once purified, would have had NO MORE consciousness of sins.” We have been purified by the perfect sacrifice of Jesus. The issue that remains is whether we really believe what He has accomplished for us. That is why Christianity is a walk of faith. Heb 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” The subsequent verses say:

(Heb 10:19-22)
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.

Satan wants you to be sin-conscious because it keeps you far from God but we must look at Jesus’ blood to receive full assurance of faith. Faith in His blood removes all consciousness of sins (called an evil conscience) and gives us complete consciousness of righteousness, in order to have boldness to enter the Father’s presence.

Righteousness-consciousness allows us to enjoy an intimate fellowship with our heavenly Father. He wants us to enter His presence completely relaxed, as a child enters the presence of his loving father to commune with him. Would you want your child to be afraid to come to your presence, or would you want your child to run to you when he sees you, and be close to you? Your obvious answer is the desire of our Father.