Saved by God’s grace
But in those sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins every year. Hebrew 10:3
Reminders. They are good, especially if you need to remember something important like, anniversaries and birthdays. Many people keep a calendar of important dates to remember and other keep a schedule to keep track of meetings and other appointments. Then there are those reminders that are not so good like memories of hurts and pains from your past, or when a “friend” or family member reminds you of mistakes and blunders you have made in your life. Really? Do we have to go there?
That’s what the old testament sacrifices did. They reminded people every year about all the transgressions and sins they had committed. They had to bring a spotless animal to the priest so He could examine it and offer it for the sin of all the people. In doing this ritual, the people were reminded that they were sinners and needed to pay the penalty for their sin by giving of their own livestock. Sin had to be paid for.
Now we have a new and far better connection to our heavenly Father. He sent the perfect payment for the sin of the world for all time. Vs. 12 of this chapter says: But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. Now, we and God do not look at sin anymore. As far as He is concerned we are brand new and complete in the payment that removed the barriers between us and our Father.
So when you hear someone say: “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace?” You can go ahead and remind them that according to this passage, the old testament way was to remember sin, but the new and better way is to separate from the memory of it. It would be better to say: “I was just a sinner, but then I got saved by God’s grace and now, He remembers my sin no more. Therefore, I am no longer a sinner, I am a child of God!”
Hebrews 10:9 says: “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first (old covenant) that He may establish the second (new covenant). Then in verse 17 it says: “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” He never brings it up again in fact, once it is under the blood of Jesus, He considers it to have never existed. I have been made a new creation in Christ Jesus. That old sinful person died and I was raise up a new created being (part of God’s family) that never existed before! Glory to God!
Today I want to encourage you to put away the old mindset that you have to beat yourself up every time you miss the mark. Jesus has already been “beaten up” and punished for all the sin you have committed and ever will. Instead, thank your heavenly Father for making a provision for those failures and choosing to remember them no more. If He remembers it no more, it would be rude to keep bringing it up as a blockage from moving forward in life. Reminding yourself of your sin is like saying Jesus blood was not enough to eradicate it. That just isn’t true. Jesus blood and sacrifice is more than enough to remove every spot and stain and make you clean for all eternity. Receive this truth today and walk in the newness of life that He died to give you!
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 10:1-16