LIBERIA'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE GLOBAL SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE
Recently, as I was meditating in the Word of God, these words from the Book of Hebrews struck my spirit like a lightening bolt,"For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more" (Heb 8:12).
Then I heard these words rise up in my spirit, "if I have chosen not to remember your sins, why do you?"
For ages, religion has majored in the concept of sin consciousness. This concept basically teaches the saints to take account of all of their sins and confess them to the Lord so we can become righteous again. The act of confessing our sins does not only remind God of what He has chosen to forget but it also robs the child of God of the ability to be "righteousness conscious". Sin consciousness is an old covenant principle that many Christians are still clinging onto. The same Book of Hebrews reads:
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect (Heb. 10:1).
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. 10:2).
Folks under the old covenant were always sin conscious because the sacrifices offered for their sins were not perfect. They were a shadow of better things to come. If these sacrifices were perfect, then there was no need for them to be offered over and over again. Imperfect sacrifices made the comers (the worshippers) imperfect. As a direct result of that imperfection, they had to be continually sin conscious. Confessing their sins during the day of atonement resulted in "a remembrance again made of sins every year" (Hebrews 10:3). A remembrance. Isn't that what sin consciousness teaches? Remember your sins and confess them. But God does not remember them. Why? The answer is found in these scripture in the same book of Hebrews:
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
The sacrifice that perfected us was offered 'once for all'. That means there is no more sacrifice left. We are perfect. Confession of sins does not make us perfect. We do not become righteous and unrighteous over and over again. We have been perfected forever. Alleluia. Righteousness is a gift we receive through the perfect work of Jesus Christ. In essence the Word of God declares that we are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
We should cease from establishing our own righteousness (Rom. 10:3) when the righteousness of God has been revealed(Rom. 1:17;3:22) through the gospel.
You see folks, it's a revelation. God does not and will never see us as unrighteous because our sins and iniquities He remembers no more. He does not remember them because they are never before Him. I love this illustration given by one of my mentors. He mentioned that before Jesus shed his blood and presented it as an eternal sacrifice for sin, there was a recording department in heaven staffed by angels who recorded every sin man committed. However now that the Lamb of God has paid the price for sin, that recording department has been closed. Praise the Lord. Do not try to reopen what God has shut down.
Child of God, do not call unclean that which God has cleansed (Acts10:14,15). That which God has cleansed must continually be called, clean. Instead of confessing your sins, begin to confess your righteousness. Righteousness consciousness is the antidote to sin consciousness.
I refuse to remind myself of that which God has chosen to forget. Amen.