Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
There were two people in the Bible that Jesus commended for their great faith, both of them Gentiles without a covenant with God. When I first studied this story, I wondered what made their faith so great? I studied for some time on the matter. It was not just the fact that they managed to get God to give them what they wanted outside of the Covenant God had with Israel, it was something else.
It was only upon reading Joseph Prince’s book, Destined to Reign, that I learned my answer. They were both Gentiles, and had no concept of the law, sin, or any sense of guilt; all they knew was that Jesus was the Answer. That is the mark of great faith, knowing Jesus Christ apart from the law and trusting in Him alone without condemnation in our hearts.
1 John 3:20 – 21 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
As the verse says, if we experience condemnation over our sin, the Finished Work of Jesus is far greater than our emotions, and what he says about us is still true, even when we struggle to believe them. Yet we know we have great Confidence before God, when we can stand boldly on the Finished work of Christ, knowing we are totally forgiven, accepted with no condemnation in our hearts over our sin (Romans 8:1).
Hebrews 10:1,2 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. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
We are either Sin Conscious, drawing from the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil, or we are Son Conscious, drawing from the Tree of Life, which is Christ. God so wanted us to be free from guilt, he purged us by his Blood, from the very evil conscience that we received in the Garden by Satan’s Deception (Hebrews 10:22). We cannot be looking out for sin, and looking at the Son at the same time. In fact the Bible describes very aptly what happens to those who keep an eye for sin, and constantly condemn people, calling them sinners when they are not doing anything wrong and yet they are kept from the Lord.
Isaiah 29:20 – 21 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: [They] That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
God never wanted believers to watch for iniquity; he wanted us to watch his Son and press towards the mark (Philippians 3:13)
Paul White talking about the forgiveness of sin and our Righteousness.
Brook Potter, a native of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, has been a minister of the Finished Work of the Cross, including the ministry to heal the sick since 2009.