Our Sins are Completely and Eternally Forgiven (Hebrews 1:3)
"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:3)
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As humans we still sin. We struggle with it and feel guilty because of it. As such, we rationalize that our sin is an issue with God. This perspective is what fuels this notion that God is upset with us because of sin. Many feel that God is waiting for an excuse to strike them down. Even believers are sin-conscious before God, but this should not be.
The truth is Jesus has paid for the sins of the entire world. "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world" (I John 2:2). If sin were atoned for, then by Jesus' blood we are forgiven by God. Even people that reject Jesus have been forgiven of all of their sin. We know this because Jesus only made one sacrifice, for sin, for all times. "And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin" (Hebrews 10:18). Sin is not the issue; the issue is our non-Biblical perspective of it and its effect on our relationship with God.
"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (Hebrews 1:1-3). Jesus, who created the Universe and holds it together with His powerful word, is the same one who provided purification for our sins. Purification is both an action and its result. This means that Jesus took away our sins as well as cleansed us from the guilt associated with it.
Just as God rested after creation was finished because there was nothing left to create, Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father because our redemption was completely and eternally finished! The same Word that upholds the universe upholds our purification before God, it is a done deal. "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation" (Colossians 1:19-22).
If we are forgiven and free from accusation then the only thing that keeps us from approaching God with confidence is our sin consciousness. But our purification was twofold; we were forgiven of sin and cleansed from its guilt. Therefore must let forgiveness and mercy overcome any accusation sin has on us. "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" (Hebrews 9:14).
This is an important truth! Jesus took care of the sin problem. Sin is not an issue with God. This is a radical statement, but one that will change your perspective in approaching God. Knowing that you are forgiven gives you confidence before God to approach Him by faith. Faith placed in what Jesus did to restore your relationship with God. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Relationship with God is the result of knowing that you are forever forgiven. Past sins or guilt cannot keep you in chains. This knowledge keeps you moving forward in life. "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins" (II Peter 1:8-9). We are to be God-conscious not sin conscious.
Jesus is the perfect imprint of God's nature and shows us God's goodness, love and mercy in an incredible way. Since Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father we know our redemption and forgiveness is secure and eternal.
Knowing the truth about God will take him off of the judgment cloud with lightning bolt in hand and elevate him to where He belongs. He is a loving father that tasked his Son with creating paradise, and then redeemed it so that he could have the family he desired. He has done everything possible to bring you into this family, but the choice is still yours. What you do with Jesus is the deciding factor. Jesus is life!
"To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen" (Revelation 1:5-6).
Tomorrow we look at Hebrews 1:4; Jesus Holds the Name above Every Name.