Day 73: I trust you, Lord. Turning away from sin. Hebrews 9 and 10
Today, there are many who teach that we cannot live a sin free life. They teach a doctrine that says ‘We are only human,” “No one is perfect,” “It is impossible to be sin free,” and “God understands…He’s still working on me.” Scripturally, this is false doctrine. Paul warned Timothy to be on guard of people who taught false doctrine.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 KJV
In other words, leave anyone who teaches anything contrary to the Word because those people are prideful and it will only lead to a mess of things.
So what is false doctrine? False doctrine is any teaching that adds to, takes away from, is the opposite of, or denies the teachings of the Word given to men by God (yes, men wrote the Bible WITH complete guidance from God - 2 Timothy 3:16). The teaching that we cannot live sin free is just that. We can live sin-free, we just don’t!! There is a big difference.
Hebrews 9 discusses briefly the history of the tabernacle and the role each area played as well as the purpose of the rituals priest went through to prepare and make the annually sacrifices for the remission (removal) of sins for the people. It continues to describe why this is no longer needed: a far more perfect method came through the death of Jesus Christ. Killing filthy animals (that required a ceremony to clean them) to serve a living God was now trumped by the blood of Christ, which was unblemished. This one act by Christ ensured that we would no longer have to deal in death just live. How awesome is that!
Christ didn’t have to be cleansed by blood and enter an Earthly copy of Heaven. He entered Heaven Himself. He didn’t have to do this over and over and over. He did it only once. He entered Heaven, stood in the presence of God to, once and for all, stamp out sin for ages to come. He sacrificed Himself to rid the need to always have to kill to live. People die only once. So did Christ, and He will return.
Jump over to chapter 10. The law (the Mosaic law not the Law) was only there until Christ came. Under the law, people were doomed to repeat the rituals of annual cleaning because there was nothing in place to keep them cleansed for eternity. They continued to live their life and continued to sin. With each sacrifice, they were constantly reminded of their sins as the blood of animals could in no way ‘truly’ take away sins. While it was in accordance with the law, they were never really pleasing to God (death for life conundrum). Plus if the sacrifices could really remove sin, then there wouldn’t be a constant reminder of them. They were never really forgotten.
Christ came, willingly, and said He’d do His Father’s will and will be sacrificed for us once and for all. With this act, our sins will never be remembered (Jeremiah 31:34). Because they are forgiven, a sacrifice will never need to be made again.
For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV
And this is why we should strive to live sin-free. After you have learned that something is sin and you continue to do it, grace WILL NOT cover you. The grace period for that sin has expired and you WILL be judged accordingly. Why? Well think of this: if you had a child who made a sacrifice for people and the people continued doing what they did, almost trying to force you to sacrifice your child again, will you be happy about that? NO! You’ve already given your child. You won’t be willing to do it again and you shouldn’t. People should learn to act right. Under the Mosiac law, people were killed without mercy. The law was harsh! What more do we think will happen to us when judgment comes on us! If this is not enough to make you want to change, then what will!
Without knowing a single scripture about living sin-free, you can know this:
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13 KJV
The Spirit of Truth, Holy Spirit/Ghost, will guide us! If you stay connected to Him, He will ensure we are sin free. It is possible to be sin free. It is absolutely possible. With the free will we were given, we have to choose to do what Spirit is guiding us to do. It’s that simple.
God will not sacrifice His Son again. If we don’t take a real look in the mirror today and decide to live a holy life, judgment will fall on us harshly. As the scripture says above, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Get right today and stay right!
Choosing to follow the Spirit,
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!