Did Christ Suffer Enough? – Episode 74
Many believers wrestle with the memory of the past sins and problems in their lives and often try to deal with their sin in a way that hinders their walk with God. Since we are at the beginning of a new year, this would be a good time to set our hearts on appropriating the fullness of what Christ has done for us. He has done a complete work and He has left nothing undone!
The Book of Hebrews tells us that we can free ourselves from the constant torment in our minds of what we were in our former life as sinners and the mistakes that we have made. The will of God is that we are free from the consciousness of sin—and that the very nature of sin be removed from us once and for all. We are to be cleansed and liberated from it completely, with no consciousness of it, and thereby are able to boldly enter into His presence.
Our salvation is not a forgiveness of sin only. It is also the process of sanctification. It opens the door of perfection of the believer and we must know and understand that the suffering of Christ was enough to remove from us all consciousness of sin. It was enough to bring cleansing and sanctification to the believer.
Our righteousness comes by only one thing—faith. There are no works that we can perform to free ourselves from our sin or the consciousness of that sin. We must believe in the work that He did. We must believe that His suffering was enough for whatever we have done and that we are released by His will and by His word and by the acts of Christ on the cross. As believers, we really need to finally once and for all come to grips with His grace—His grace has done it all!
- Hebrews 10:1–25. “We have confidence to enter the holy place.”
- Romans 10:9. “If you confess with your mouth … and believe in your heart.”
- Jeremiah 31:33–34. “But this is the covenant which I will make with … Israel.”
- Psalm 103:13. “The Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”
- Isaiah 38:17. “For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.”
- Isaiah 43:25. “I will not remember your sins.”
- Romans 4:4–8. “Faith is credited as righteousness.”
- Romans 11:6. “If it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works.”
- Ephesians 2:4–10. “For by grace you have been saved through faith.”
- 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful … to forgive us our sins.”
- “God is looking to forget all about your former life through Christ—and we need to follow his example.”
- “Satan wants you to remember what God has forgiven and forgotten. If he can make you conscious of sin, he can pull you away from the very presence of God, because only when you are totally freed from this consciousness are you free to enter into the presence of the Lord.”
- “There was absolutely forgiveness in the Old Testament sacrifice. God promised that He would forgive and pardon their sin. But that is different than having the sin removed from you and having the consciousness of sin removed from you.”
- “It is tragic when people are constantly struggling with the consciousness of sin and stumbling and failure. That was part of our former life before salvation—we do not carry that through into our life of salvation in God. Yeshua made one offering for sin and then sat down at the right hand of the Father. God promised us that He will put His law upon our hearts, and on our minds, He will write it. We are not to be conscious of sin. We are to be conscious of His word.”
- Study Hebrews 10:2—“because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins.” Likewise, we should no longer have a consciousness of sin.
- Study 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We should no longer live in an awareness of our sin, because God has forgiven and forgotten.
- Having been cleaned by the blood of Christ on the cross, we should now live conscious only of His love and grace.